I work as a Water Policy Officer at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, leading on EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) 'Protected Areas' work, including the Natura 2000 network, and on the water-related impacts of shale gas exploitation via the method of high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
In October 2012, I graduated from Kingston University London with an MSc in Environment & Earth Resources Management. My postgraduate thesis contributed towards the creation of the Wandle Catchment Plan by examining freshwater ecosystem services in the River Wandle catchment (in south London) and assessing their significance for achieving 'good ecological potential' under the WFD. I spent the bulk of 2010 working for the Climate Group, helping to deliver HSBC Climate Partnership projects, which was followed by an amazing six months of working for Plant Heritage on their groundbreaking Threatened Plants Project.
I am at my happiest by the water or when roaming the great outdoors. Outside of work, you will often find me 'immersed' in a river (doing cleanup or habitat enhancement work). Some of my best-loved terrestrial activities involve mountain biking, hiking or venturing out with my SLR and a pair of binoculars for a spot of nature watching (the world-renowned Kew Gardens is just round the corner from my house!).
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