I’ve had a passion for nature since scrambling over the rocks and exploring the rockpools as a child at Devil’s Point. I managed to maintain the interest throughout my schooling and was fortunate enough to gain a career as Keeper of Natural Sciences at the Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery where I expanded my skills and knowledge. In the late nineties I became interested in the conservation of traditional English orchards and heritage fruit and have been working both in a voluntary and professional capacity to protect this valuable heritage.
I have been a director of a small business in Devonport for over twenty years and an active member in the community. My background includes working with other non-statutory agencies and I have much practical experience of woodland management that is directly relevant to trees and green spaces in Plymouth. With a strong interest in the environment I am keen to raise the importance of trees as part of good quality places and to raise awareness of their contribution to health and well-being.
I realised a long-held dream of moving to Plymouth in 2013, having spent my career in the City of London in financial services. My ancestral roots and a large part of my family tree are based in Devon. I bring a business background with project management and process improvement skills, plus a determination to see positive change and conservation of both our natural and built environments in Plymouth. I find trees awe-inspiring and want to do my bit to see them well-managed and protected. I am a founder and a former chair of Environment Plymouth. I currently chair the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum, as well as being a committee member of Plymouth Open Spaces Network and a Board Director of Plymouth Waterfront Partnership.
My interest in urban trees stems from a planting scheme to brighten dark corners of the naval dockyard in 1991 and I became a volunteer Tree Warden with Plymouth Tree Partnership soon afterwards. Since then, I have pursued my interest of trees in the built environment by visiting other cities to observe how they are responding to the multi-disciplinary challenges involved and by gaining a Foundation Degree in arboriculture. During the national Big Tree Plant programme, 2010-2015, I led Plymouth Tree Partnership in planting 800 amenity trees and work continues to get them properly established, while planting even more new and replacement trees.