Meet the team



Our dedicated committee members volunteer their time to organise everything we do! They come from a range of professional backgrounds and have a huge amount of combined experience.

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Creative Director

Carys Evans

Hi everyone! I am delighted to have joined AFON as Creative Director earlier this year. I work in marketing and communications at The Wildlife Trusts and have a passion for engaging people with nature! Having studied psychology at university I am particularly interested in the relationship people have with nature and the impact that can have on their lives. It is wonderful to be able to work with such an inspiring committee of volunteers who give their time to help give young conservationists the support and opportunities they need to begin a career in conservation. In my spare time I enjoy walking with my dog Milo and spending as much time in nature as possible! I can't wait to see what the next few years has in store for AFON!

Steph Brown

Webpage Officer

Steph Brown

Steph has a passion for the way that the media and imagery can influence an individuals decision in whether they engage and support campaigns and the way that individuals view species. Having studies a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science at UWE, Steph then went on to study MSc Science Communication to be able to further her understanding of the influence of imagery and digital media. Outside of AFON, Steph is a passionate photographer, focussing on the natural world and equine events

Emily Seccombe

Mentoring Officer

Emily Seccombe

Emily has worked in conservation roles for the National Trust, RSPB and her local council. She joined AFON to support other young people to find their way through the conservation sector. She is particularly passionate about engaging people with local nature and improving access to the sector. She also loves freshwater habitats, especially if there are newts involved!

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Internal Communications 


Emma Steel


Emma studied BSc Zoology and MSc Environmental Science at the University of Aberdeen, and has worked with various conservation charities in Scotland including Whale and Dolphin Conservation and the RSPB. Emma currently works as a Policy Assistant with a focus on Outdoor Access in Scotland and volunteers as a Young Leader for the Scottish Wildlife Trust. In her spare time, Emma enjoys hiking Munro's, camping and wild swimming - and exploring all Scotland's natural environment has to offer.


External Communications 


Laura Saunders

I am an MSci Hons Biology graduate from the University of Nottingham, having specialised in animal behaviour and conservation. I am delighted to have joined the AFON committee and to be a part of a network which brings together and inspires young people who are interested in nature and conservation. I am a big believer in the power of the collective voice, and I am very excited about what AFON has already achieved and what it can achieve in the coming years. For me, the long-term goal is a career in conservation, so I fully appreciate how important and valuable AFON is to young aspiring conservationists. In my spare time I volunteer at Attenborough Nature Reserve, love being in nature spotting wildlife and I am currently working on my species ID skills. I hope to help AFON grow even bigger and better over the next few years and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together, as a network!

Emily Burton

Associate Director

Emily Burton

Hi everyone! I feel really lucky to have recently joined the brilliant  AFON committee. I currently work at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, coordinating volunteers and delivering practical conservation work out on the seabird islands in the Firth of Forth. I didn’t go to uni, instead gaining experience with various conservation charities around Europe including the RSPB, WDC, and Birdlife Malta. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together over the next few years!

Ellen Daughtery

Social Media Officer

Ellen Daugherty

Ellen is a Biological Sciences grad from the University of Birmingham. After a couple of years travelling and working in the charity comms sector, she’s decided to continue her education by starting an MA in Nature Writing. Ellen is passionate about the restoration of the natural world and encouraging young people to love the outdoors


Regional Rep Officer

Claudia Allen

Claudia is a Zoologist with a MSc in Environmental Biology, Conservation and Resource Management from Swansea University. She is fascinated by the ocean and has studied humpback whales and harbour porpoises as part of her research. She hopes to one day work in Antarctica, studying the marine life there. When she’s not supporting our regional reps, you can find her walking the beaches of the Gower Peninsula, or in in the ocean where she is training to be a PADI divemaster. 

“I hope that during my time with AFON I can support regional reps from all over the UK to engage young people in their communities to get involved with nature and enjoy it together.”


Policy and Campaigns Officer

Lauren Cox

Lauren has worked in a number of roles within conservation groups across Europe and New Zealand including The Wildlife Trusts UK and Forest & Bird NZ. After finishing an MRes in Sustainable Futures at the University of Bristol, Lauren hopes to continue working within the conservation sector to encourage greater engagement with the natural world amongst young people and the wider general public. Outside of supporting AFON with the delivery of policies and campaigns, Lauren enjoys being outdoors with her dog, spotting bees in the garden and growing vegetables down the allotment.


Regional Reps

We have regional reps across the UK. Find yours and join your local group, and discover like-minded people and events in your area!

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