Current Employer/Organisation Name
What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?
I worked in innovation impact and business at the University, compiling impact case studies then on international climate finance at Defra, tackling International deforestation. I now work to influence local authorities to put in place thorough tree and woodland strategies and green infrastructure strategies for improving places for people, nature and as part of the solution for climate change.
Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy getting up in a morning knowing that I will make a difference. The environment is very important to me and that we leave it in a better state than we found it. There are fascinating issues to grapple with.
Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?
Orchestra and kayaking.
What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?
Field trip to Kenya. Field work when doing my thesis. Reading the research and doing the scientific analysis of my results.
What did you enjoy most about studying here?
Being close to the sea in Cornwall, not in a busy city. The fantastic lecturing staff.
Why did you choose to study at Exeter?
Reputation of the University and it was exactly the right course for me.
What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?
My research thesis on nature health and well being is very relevant to my work. Also I was able to work with the local council on their green infrastructure strategy and understand its impacts. This has stood me in good stead for my amazing job.
What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?
Go for it. Getting into conservation is tough but it will happen. Having Exeter University on your cv really helps you get noticed in the environmental field. Get a the opportunities from it you can like the Exeter award.
What are your plans for the future?
To develop my career working in conservation policy within the conservation NGO sector.