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. Click on a picture to find out more about the individual and how to contact us 

Carys Evans (She/Her)
Creative Director
Emily Burton (She/Her)
Associate Director
Emily Seccombe (She/Her)
Mentoring Officer
Claudia Allen (She/Her)
Regional Rep Officer
Laura Saunders (She\Her)
External Comms Officer
Hamdiya Osman (She/Her)
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Ellie Humphrys (She/Her)
Social Media Officer
Emma Steel (She/Her)
Internal Comms Officer
Lauren Cox (She/Her)
Policy and Campaigns Officer
Steph Brown (She/Her)
Webpage Officer
Ben Marsh (He/Him)
Fundraising Officer
Tilly Hopkins (She/Her)
Content Officer
Ellen Daughtery (She/Her)
Support Officer
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Carys Evans

Hi everyone! I am delighted to have joined AFON as Creative Director earlier this year. I work in arketing 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!​


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!


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!

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.”

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!

Hamdiya Osman

​I studied Animal Management in college and Animal Conservation Science at University after miraculously finding both courses last minute. This showed me how inaccessible options to study outside of well-known degrees were to most people and it’s something I often think about throughout my career in conservation. My passion lies in helping young people discover nature as I feel very lucky to have found the courses I had that led me to where I am today, and want to share that with others. After graduating, I worked closely with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in my parents native land Somaliland, and as a trainee with the London Wildlife Trust. My hobbies include writing blogs about conservation topics and photography. 

Ellie Humphrys

Ellie is a graduate of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science at UWE. After completing her degree, she travelled to the current-swept Komodo National Park where she became the dive centre's Social Media Manager and completed her Divemaster - an awe-inspiring experience filled with giant dancing manta rays and iridescent cuttlefish. Returning home, Ellie decided to continue her education by starting an MSc in Sustainability and Behaviour Change and finds passion in learning how to effectively communicate environmental issues to various audiences

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.

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.

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


Ben Marsh

Ben studied Geosciences at Royal Holloway University of London and now works as a GIS leader in subsea cables. More than anything Ben loves to be outdoors hiking, climbing or anything in between. Outside of work Ben practices his wildlife photography and hopes to use the images to help people connect with nature and to promote the importance of access to green spaces.


Tilly Hopkins

Tilly studied Graphic Design: Visual Communications at the University for the Creative Arts and most recently worked as a Visitor Experience Assistant for the National Trust. She enjoys combining her creative skills with her passion for helping the natural world, aiming to raise awareness, inspire, educate and engage people through her designs. In her spare time, Tilly enjoys exercising, photography, birdwatching and posting wildlife images to her nature blog on Instagram

Ellen Daugherty

Email to be updated soon!!​

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 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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