I am a long-standing professional ecologist with over 25 years' experience working with farmers and growers in the agri-environment, primarily delivering benefits for biodiversity through agricultural landscapes. I achieved my doctorate from the University of Sheffield in 2001 having investigated the creation and restoration of species-rich grassland with an emphasis on the use of yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor).
From 2002 to 2011 I was an academic in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, specialising primarily on arable and grassland systems. I joined the School of Science and the Environment at the University of Worcester in 2011 and am a Principal Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Management. I am also the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Environmental Management and Sustainability. Since joining the University of Worcester my research has focussed on the sustainable production of fruit, including apples, cherries, and oranges. I have published numerous peer-reviewed journal papers and conference proceedings on such topics (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7094-0362).
The Malvern Hills are one of the reasons I moved with my family to Worcestershire, they are simply spellbinding, both from afar and when looking close-up at a small patch of grassland. It certainly is a privilege to be a Trustee, helping to ensure their continuation for future generations.