Wild Oxfordshire has eight members of staff supported by an active board of trustees
Camilla Burrow – Chief Executive
Camilla joined us in June 2020 from Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre where she was Director for almost ten years. Camilla is an Ecologist with experience of confidently dealing with the conflicting deadlines and demands from all the aspects of running a small organisation and managing a team of scientific staff. Before TVERC, Camilla spent four years as the ecologist planner for Oxfordshire County Council where she gained significant experience in ecology and planning, providing insight into the political and resource pressures under which government and charitable organisations work. Both roles involved resolving challenging problems and engaging with stakeholders with a wide range of priorities.
Roselle Chapman – Community Ecologist
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.”
Ann Berkeley – Evenlode Catchment Partnership Project Manager
Ann is a chartered Landscape architect with experience of a wide range of landscape projects. These have ranged from new build to restoration projects. She has worked as a consultant to the Vale of White Horse District Council developing public open spaces ranging from formal parkland to community woodlands. She has extensive experience in raising funds for projects and project delivery, including public engagement.
Clare Mowbray, Senior Administrator
Clare grew up in a farming family. After a Business Studies degree, Marketing Diploma and many years working in the charity fundraising sector in London she moved back to the countryside to work for Wild Oxfordshire. Clare’s past career with marketing agencies means that she has a wide experience of fundraising for charities. To gain an understanding of conservation she completed Oxford University’s two year Diploma in Environmental Conservation.
Mike Pollard – Nature Recovery Strategy Lead
Born in Old Marston, then raised in Brighton, Mike returned to Oxfordshire in 2000 and now lives near Banbury. Mike has thirty years experience working for RSPB focusing on the management and development of nature reserves, including the fabulous Otmoor. Now working freelance, Mike manages our new Curlew Recovery partnership initiative and leads work on the development of a Nature Recovery Strategy for the county. He is most at home “in the field” watching wildlife, with notebook and camera close to hand. He also Tweets from time to time – @mikepnature
Rhiannon Evetts – Nature Recovery Engagement Officer
Rhiannon’s mission from an early age was to become a ‘translator’, wanting to interpret nature’s needs, and to then ‘translate’ them to people and communities, and vis versa, with the aim to help create conservation strategies that would benefit everyone. Therefore, after attaining a degree in ‘Wildlife Conservation’, Rhiannon first became an Ecologist and then a Forest Schools Leader. It was around this time that she truly discovered her love of inspiring others to see and understand the splendor of the wildlife around them – engaging them in the marvels and magic of nature. Later, she became an Engagement Officer for her local Wildlife Trust. She is now excited to be working on Wild Oxfordshire’s Engagement vision.
Rory Cox – Evenlode Catchment Partnership Project Officer
Rory was born in Hampshire and spent much of his childhood in Zimbabwe, which sparked a lifelong passion for nature and conservation. He studied a master’s degree in Environmental Management at UWE with a focus on water pathways and has since lived overseas; working for WWF in Hong Kong, before returning to the UK. Rory is involved in a number of projects in the Evenlode Catchment on topics including river restoration, natural flood management, and community engagement.
Sophie Cunnington – Yellow Wagtail Project Officer
Sophie manages our Yellow Wagtail project and working alongside Robin Buxton, she has been collecting baseline data for the project.
Born in Wantage and raised on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border, Sophie’s childhood was spent climbing trees and rescuing animals and so her journey into wildlife and conservation began. Having recently completed an MSc in Marine Environmental Management, her love of trees and birds brought her back to the terrestrial world. She has also completed an BSc in Environmental Science.
David Knight – Chair
David moved to Oxfordshire in 2011 with his post at the Open University. He has since left the Open University and is pursuing a different career as a self-employed craftsperson, especially interested in woodland crafts. He is the local organiser for the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers. Prior to joining the Open University David was Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust and before that worked in University adult continuing education in Newcastle and Southampton, running programmes in science, environment and natural history. David has been a trustee and Chair of several educational and environmental charities. He is a Parish Councillor for Eynsham and volunteer for the Wychwood Project.
Mike Russell FMCA – Treasurer
Retired at the end of 2014 after a career in Financial Management of 48 Years including 22 years as a Finance Director within the Oxford Instruments Group and the last 9 years as the Finance Director of the Zoological Society of London the conservation charity. Currently Mike is Trustee/Treasurer of three charities, Dipex a Oxfordshire based healthcare Charity (from 2011), and The Cartoon Museum and The Postal Museum (both from 2015). Previously Mike was the Trustee/Treasurer of the Campaign for National Parks (2012-18) and a Non-executive Director in the NHS for 14 years (1992-2006). Living in Abingdon and married to Sue for 48 years, they have two grown up children and four granddaughters. Mike and Sue enjoy travel, theatre, keeping fit and walking in the countryside including membership of the Ramblers association.
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.
Nick has spent his entire working life in the large corporate world and has acted as Group Company Secretary of a number of publicly listed multi-national companies. He has broad based senior corporate experience across the commercial and legal spectrum, also encompassing corporate governance and risk management. Nick holds a first degree in politics and economics, a second degree in law and is a professionally qualified company secretary. Having recently retired from full time permanent employment he now undertakes short term project and consultancy work. Nick has a passion for the natural world coupled with a strong interest in wildlife and its conservation. In particular he has been an enthusiastic ornithologist since the age of ten.
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. 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, and for six years a member of the Town and Country Planning Association’s policy council. He is currently a member of Oxford Preservation Trust’s planning committee and of POETS (Planning Oxfordshire’s Environment and Transport Sustainably).
Development Officer, Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute
Ian 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.
Fiona moved to South Oxfordshire in 1985, following an ecology degree in Edinburgh and a PGCE in Bath. She worked as Education Officer at BBOWT (then BBONT) for four years, then spent several years raising young children and doing home-based work including some writing. From 1998 to 2020, she ran the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment, overseeing the allocation of about £8 million to a wide range of environmental projects across the county. She is also co-author of the successful Going Wild books, inspiring children and families to explore and reconnect with the natural world. Previous voluntary roles have included school governor and trustee of BBOWT.
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.
Vicky works as a Senior Adviser for Natural England (NE). Currently she is involved in developing business processes for the Countryside Stewardship scheme, including the development of the new IT system. She is 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 Vicky 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 she concentrated on agri – environment schemes, in particular those relating to farmland birds and wet grassland for breeding waders. Vicky also sits on Natural England’s national arable group. Vicky’s background is predominately agricultural; her family have farmed near Woodstock for 3 generations with my brother currently running the part owned/part tenanted arable farm. Vicky has 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.