Landscape Innovation Conference Speaker Biographies

Sussex Wildlife Trust & University of Sussex invite you to a multi-stakeholder conference at University of Sussex, Falmer Campus on 23 January 2020.

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Bella Lack

Conservation Advocate

Bella Lack

Bella is a 17-year-old conservationist and ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, Save The Asian Elephant, RSPCA and Jane Goodall Institute. She campaigns for environmental protection directly and awareness around wildlife extinction and the climate crisis. She utilises the power of technology (in the form of social media and blogging) to try to educate and inspire a wide group of people to protect the natural world. Bella has delivered a number of influential speeches, including speaking at the People’s Walk for Wildlife and TEDX Brighton in 2019.




David Saddington

Climate Change Communicator and Environmentalist

David Saddington

David Saddington is a climate change communicator & environmentalist. After experiencing extreme flooding as a teenager he led a campaign to incorporate climate change into the school curriculum. Since then he has studied climate science and has continued to speak about the opportunities and challenges of tackling climate change. He has shared stages with heads of state, politicians and CEOs. He has been named a WWF Earth Hour Hero and an example of best practice by the United Nations. David Saddington is now heading up a UK Government Team to formulate the international strategy on land use & buildings for COP26.  


 



Alastair Driver

Rewilding Specialist

Alastair Driver

Alastair Driver is an expert UK naturalist and ecologist with 40 years’ professional experience. He was the first Conservation Officer for the Thames catchment from 1984-2002 and was National Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency from 2002-16. Cited in “Who’s Who” for influence and distinction in the field of environmental conservation, he has worked on many hundreds of practical conservation projects. Since January 2017 he has been the Director of Rewilding Britain with a focus on influencing government policy and establishing rewilding projects in England and Wales.




Chris Williams

Senior Programme Manager New Economics Foundation

Chris Williams

Chris is a biologist and social scientist with 15 years’ experience running marine conservation projects, fisheries research and community development initiatives. He is a published author on Marine Policy, Environmental Science and Human Geography, and has worked with statutory bodies in the UK with a marine remit since 2009, including Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities and the UK Marine Management Organisation. Since 2011 Chris has been working for the New Economics Foundation (NEF) on fisheries resources management problems and coastal community economic development. He also leads NEF’s work on Natural Capital.




Robert Reed

Sustainable Agriculture Promoter

Robert Reed

Robert is a Grants Manager with the A Team Foundation and specialises in blending philanthropy and impact investment for food and farming. His work acknowledges that in changing times, food and farming offer climate solutions that are tangible to everyone with huge opportunities for environmental and social benefit. The aim of the A Team Foundation is to create a world where real food is produced by enlightened agriculture and access to food is equal. Robert has a passion for trees (particularly in a farming context) and possesses an MSc in Forestry from Bangor University.  




Jenny Phelps

Farm Conservation Advisor

Jenny Phelps

Jenny has over 30 years’ experience working in farming and conservation, the last 10 years of which has been with Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group. She has facilitated the restoration of many Commons into Environmental Stewardship and has developed the Integrated Local Delivery methodology, which aims to value and incorporate the knowledge and needs of land owners, authorities and local communities. She now applies this approach to building community resilience by working with parish councils and the farming community. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE in for ‘Engaging Communities in Environmental Protection’.




Jake Fiennes

Estate Conservation Manager

Jake Fiennes

Over 24 years as Estate Manager on the 5,500 acre Raveningham Estate in South Norfolk, Jake implemented a range of environmental measures whilst producing high-yielding, high-quality food. Collaborating with practitioners on and around the Estate he maintained a range of habitats within the farmed landscape. In November 2018 he was appointed General Manager, Conservation at Holkham Estate, planning a similar approach on a much larger canvas. He also serves as Anglia Representative to the NFU’s Environmental Forum, Trustee and Director of Norfolk Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, and Steering Group for Wildlife Estates National Parks Review panel member.  




Dr Tony Whitbread

Independent Ecologist

Dr Tony Whitbread

Dr Tony Whitbread is the President and a former Chief Executive of Sussex Wildlife Trust; as well as a conservation advocate at a national level. Tony’s career has encompassed a wide range of environmental campaigns and topics. He has worked for the Nature Conservancy Council and the Royal Society for Nature Conservation (RSNC). He joined the Sussex Wildlife Trust as Head of Conservation in 1991 and became Chief Executive in April 2006. His conservation accolades are too numerous to list but they include being key in campaigning for the South Downs National Park, being conservation advisor to the Knepp Re-wilding estate, and setting up the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre.




Alistair Gould

The Carbon Free Group CIC

A Gould

Alistair is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist who has been working in the field of environmental education for the past 40 years. Over this period he has partnered with colleagues in establishing new cleantech enterprises, environmental educational organisations and partnerships delivering construction projects which demonstrate healthy zero carbon living alongside supporting community-led regenerative approaches to land management.
Alistair and colleagues are currently establishing an Arts and Ecology Innovation Hub in the High Weald, East Sussex.



All events will be managed and ticketed by Sussex Wildlife Trust and hosted by the University of Sussex in collaboration with the Sussex Sustainability Research Program. Wilder Sussex is a programme of the Sussex Wildlife Trust developed to promote great places to live that are good for people and good for wildlife.