Land Management and Conservation

Here are the bios for the mentors who work in Land Management and Conservation. Please have a look to see who you think may be able to help you best as part of the mentoring scheme before making an application (details on the main mentoring page). If you are unsure, the Mentoring Officer can provide advice.

Richard Guy

Richard Guy is a Project Manager for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust working on urban habitat restoration. Most of his career since leaving University has been focussed on habitat restoration and dealt with a wide range of British habitats, upland and lowland, urban and remote. Outside of the day job he gets outside whenever possible, the wilder the better, and photographs and (occasionally) writes about these exploits.

Genevieve Dalley

Genevieve Dalley has worked in a variety of roles, from tern warden with the RSPB to conservation officer with the British Dragonfly Society. She currently works on rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms project for RSPB Scotland. Her roles have given her a diverse range of experience, including running citizen science projects, site monitoring and working with volunteers. Genevieve says: "Working in conservation isn't always an easy path, but it is worth it, so don't give up!"

Luke Barley

Luke Barley is a tree and woodland adviser for the National Trust, where he works across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the management of woods for nature, the conservation of ancient trees, tree safety, and woodland creation - along with anything else woody that comes along. He was previously a ranger and remains most interested in getting positive work moving on the ground.

Joe Middleton

Joe Middleton is a land manager and naturalist in Bristol, and he runs wildlife engagement activities at UK events and festivals. He currently manages over 30 woodlands in the South West for The Woodland Trust.

He helped set up The Bristol Nature Network, and volunteers as a Director for the European Union Conservation Action Network (EUCAN).

He's also pretty normal and down to earth, and happy to help anytime :)

David Tompkins

David Tompkins is a Project Officer with the RSPB in Northern Scotland. He previously worked in roles such as Reserve Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Warden and Research Assistant. He has worked for various conservation NGO's across the UK. He has an interest in invasive species, practical habitat management, volunteer management, developing projects and species monitoring. He has a strong desire to help young people build skills and experience to help them achieve their conservation objectives. He wants to build confidence in young aspiring conservationists. 

Deb Muscat

Deb Muscat has a lifelong commitment to environmental conservation and gained an MSc in Biological Recording in 2010.  She has volunteered for and led conservation projects, delivered training on all aspects of project and organisational management.  Currently studying dung beetles and bryophytes.

Lizzie Bruce

Lizzie Bruce is an experienced nature reserve warden, who began as a conservation intern for the RSPB. Today she manages two of the most famous nature reserves; Titchwell Marsh and Snettisham to not just benefit the wildlife but to also provide inspiring places for people to visit. Her role also involves developing residential volunteers pursuing a career within the conservation sector

Simon Amstutz

Simon Amstutz is the only Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) manager in the country to work across two nationally designated landscapes.  He has worked in various roles in the AONB world but previously ran a countryside management project and as a Ranger and Warden. He has worked in a variety of jobs in the public, private and third sectors, with varying relevance to conservation.

 Interested in becoming a mentor? We would like to make our panel of mentors more reflective of the young people who we hope to support. This means we'd love to hear from women and from Black, Asian and ethnic minority people. Please have a look at the information booklet and mentoring agreement and get in touch with the Mentoring Officer: mentoring@afocusonnature.org

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