Richard Bennett, Natural Flood Management Officer.
Richard has 16 years experience working in the Water Industry and in Local Authority. He has previously worked for West Oxfordshire District Council and has been involved in designing and implementing many schemes throughout the River Evenlode catchment, including on the Littlestock Brook where the ECP are currently looking to implement Natural Flood Management measures. The natural solutions to manage floodwaters often require land management changes to slow and store run-off, which can have multiple benefits for water quality and habitat creation, and drive improvements in agricultural land management.
Roselle Chapman, Community Ecologist
Roselle is planning to get out and about to see all groups as soon as possible re-engaging with groups that Wild Oxfordshire worked with in the past, whilst developing new links and enthusing new groups by capitalizing on new initiatives such as Oxfordshire’s river catchment partnership. She is aiming to gather a baseline of phase 1 surveys of all sites managed by volunteer groups – so we know who’s managing what habitats and is happy to offer any wildlife advice or support that is requested.
Roselle’s fascination for wildlife was developed whilst growing up on a farm in Norfolk and rock pooling on holiday in Jersey. She has a BSc Hons in Marine Biology and studied bumble bee ecology and genetics for her Ph.D. Roselle has worked in field biology and conservation biology for over twenty years. She has two children and lives at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. “I am very excited about Wild Oxfordshire’s aspirations to build a better future for the county’s wildlife by helping local communities to identify, protect and enhance a broad range of green spaces, whether this is part of a targeted initiative or during the creation of their Neighbourhood plan. As Community Ecologist, my aim is to help community groups record and map their green space and to provide monitoring and management advice where needed”
Hilary Phillips, Progamme Manager
HiIary manages a programme of projects designed to stimulate better land management for nature in Oxfordshire, increase awareness and interest in enhancing Oxfordshire’s nature, and foster a collaborative and strategic approach to nature conservation in Oxfordshire. A childhood spent exploring wild landscapes led to a love of nature, expressed first through art (resulting in an MA Illustration from the Royal college of Art) and more recently through ecology (MSc (Distinction) in Ecology & Management of the Natural Environment, from the University of Bristol). Hilary spends her spare time on bat research and outreach activities; volunteering with the Wytham Bat Project, Oxfordshire Bat Group and the North Bucks Bat Group where she’s served on the committee since 2001.
Clare Mowbray, Communications Officer
I grew up in a farming family. After a Business Studies degree, Marketing Diploma and many years working in the charity fundraising sector in London I moved back to the countryside to work for Wild Oxfordshire. My past career with marketing agencies means that I have a wide experience of fundraising for charities. To gain an understanding of conservation I completed Oxford University’s two year Diploma in Environmental Conservation.
Sian Liwicki, Chairman
Trained in Botany (Reading University, then National University of Singapore), Sian Liwicki started her career in the laboratory comparing the photosynthetic systems of algae with higher plants. Marriage brought her from the tropical climes of Singapore to the UK where she worked in the Research Councils, gathering experience in management, organisation and finance. Sian then joined the charity sector, working with The Oxford Trust, the Northmoor Trust and running Wild Oxfordshire (formerly ONCF) when it was first established. In 2004 Sian resigned to look after a young family and a commercial, sustainably-run vineyard in Oxfordshire, before running the UK Vineyards Association for 4 years. Sian has been a trustee of Wild Oxfordshire for over 10 years and is also a honorary treasurer for the Thames and Chilterns Vineyards Association.
Rob Dance Rob Dance BTP MRTPI, Treasurer
I am a chartered town planner with many years of strategic and locally based experience. Since 1976 I have worked variously for the Greater London Council, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire County Councils. I have worked both in planning policy making and development management (determining planning applications) and I have always been keen to promote the natural environment through these disciplines. As part of my role, I was overall manager of Oxfordshire’s Countryside services before I left Oxfordshire CC in the Autumn 2012. I am now a freelance planning consultant working on behalf of the development industry, mineral planning authorities and community councils. I have a personal and professional interest in the natural environment. I was one of the founding Directors of the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, and responsible with Craig Blackwell (then County ecologist) for initiating the Lower Windrush Valley Strategy for the mineral working area of Oxfordshire between Witney and Newbridge.
Chris worked for Oxfordshire County Council as chief planning officer, assistant director of environmental services, and head of sustainable development. He helped in setting up the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment to use landfill tax revenues to fund environmental and community initiatives, and in introducing initiatives to improve biodiversity (e.g. Oxfordshire Wildlife and Landscape Strategy). He joined BRE (formerly the Building Research Establishment) in spring 2011, where he was involved in working with local planning authorities on using the planning system to encourage more sustainable design and construction. He now works for BRE as an associate. Chris has written a number of published articles on climate change, planning and sustainable design and construction. For four years he was an external examiner for the planning courses at Oxford Brookes University.
Development Officer, Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute
He is the founder of Oxfordshire ClimateXchange, a Board member of Low Carbon Oxford, and trustee of Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum. In previous lives he was a professional cricketer, management consultant, and Oxfam volunteer. Ian is obsessed by the marketing of the green challenge.
Martin Harris is an experienced environmental scientist with special interests in the applications of aerial and satellite surveys to solving local problems, in the local impact of global climate change, and in organising two local nature conservation groups. He is an experienced university teacher, a local Councillor with special interests in Local Planning, green infrastructure and in NHS quality improvement, and is a director of a scientific consultancy specialising in aerospace matters.
Director of the Oxfordshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England
Helen’s background is in marketing and communications, in the public, private and NGO sectors, including an extensive period with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. She has lived in Oxfordshire for nearly 20 years and, when not grappling with the planning system, enjoys exploring some of our 2,600 miles of footpaths and rights of way. Helen recognises the value of Wild Oxfordshire’s activities, particularly in relation to involving and supporting local communities, and is happy to contribute her experience to their work to enhance Oxfordshire’s natural environment.
Oxford University, MPLS Enterprise Programme Manager
Anne currently works for the University’s MPLS Division and was previously the Associate Director of ESKTN, funded by Innovate UK , leading their work in Sustainable Land Management and Soil Health. An environmental scientist and ecologist, and Oxfordshire resident for more than 35 years (as an academic and an industry consultant), she has working extensively in Canada and Europe as well as the UK. Her passion for applying the outcomes of research and for knowledge exchange has taken her into all sorts of unexpected places, from developing reed-beds as sustainable water treatment systems, to developing Biodiversity Action Plans for businesses. It even led to 2 years of part-time volunteering with the Local Enterprise Partnership(!) and she continues to be actively involved with farmers and landowners through the Evenlode Catchment Partnership. She co-authored the recent British Standard, BS8583, Biodiversity: guidance for businesses on managing the risks and opportunities.
Environmental Strategy Officer, Oxfordshire County Council
Nick Mottram has lived in and around Oxfordshire for 30 years, following completion of his studies there in agriculture and forestry. He has maintained a personal and professional interest in forests and landscapes throughout that time working in the private, public and NGO sectors both throughout the UK and overseas. Nick was for 11 years Project Director for the Wychwood Project based in West Oxfordshire and now works as Environmental Strategy Officer for Oxfordshire County Council. Nick is the current chairman of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire division of the Royal Forestry Society and is actively involved with the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
RSPB Area Reserves Manager, South Midlands
Born in Old Marston, then raised in Brighton, Mike returned to Oxfordshire in 2000 and now lives near Banbury. Mike has worked for RSPB for over twenty five years, focusing on the management and development of nature reserves, including two of the Society’s newest – Otmoor and Middleton Lakes. He is most at home “in the field” watching wildlife, with notebook and camera close to hand. In his spare time Mike is Conservation Officer for Banbury Ornithological Society and competes in the annual Otmoor Challenge half marathon. Mike is also an enthusiastic nature blogger: heartofenglandnature.blogspot.co.uk.
I work as a Senior Adviser for Natural England (NE). Currently I am involved in developing business processes for the Countryside Stewardship scheme, including the development of the new IT system. I am also jointly managing a project to develop look at the concept of payment by results for agri-environment schemes as an alternative to the current approach of payment by management. Prior to this I worked for Natural England and its predecessors for 14 years in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire covering agri-environment and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). My background meant I concentrated on agri – environment schemes, in particular those relating to farmland birds and wet grassland for breeding waders. I also sit on Natural England’s national arable group. My background is predominately agricultural; my family have farmed near Woodstock for 3 generations with my brother currently running the part owned/part tenanted arable farm. I have a BSc (Hons) in International Agriculture and Equine Business Management from the Royal Agricultural University and followed this with an Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Conservation from Oxford University College of Further Education.