Clare has a background in international forest conservation.
She studied Forestry and Land Use at the University of Oxford and then went on to work for WWF.
She has worked on a wide range of projects including the verification of sustainability claims, the reduction of illegal practices in the timber trade and the establishment of the Forest Stewardship Council. She also has considerable experience intergovernmental international meetings, and has also worked in corporate leadership development.
Clare is also a trained journalist and has experience in the broadcast industry, and has designed and run training courses on a wide range of commercial, social and environmental issues.
Jenefer has worked in tourism for 10 years with executive roles in London, Nepal and New York.
In 2007 she gave up her role as a web developer for a lead UK travel agency to complete a Masters in Responsible Tourism Management. The research for her final report led to the development of the Responsible Tourism Reporting (RTR) Initiative. This is a new initiative with the aim of encouraging small businesses to measure themselves against their own goals and publicly report their annual achievements.
Alongside setting up RTR she has been involved with consultancy work for the International Centre for Responsible Tourism and the Travel Foundation.
Emily studied Science and Engineering of Metals and Materials at University of Sheffield, after which she worked in Manufacturing Industry for six years.
Since 2001 she has gained a broad experience in sustainable energy and climate change and has been involved in developing energy policy for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, providing energy audits, supporting local authority climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, and communicating climate change.
In 2009, Emily commenced a Masters in Climate Change and Sustainable Development at De Montfort University, Leicester, which she is due to complete this year.
Most recently Emily has been working in Nigeria preparing papers for the Nigerian negotiating team at COP16 and supporting final reporting on Nigeria's national adaptation project, Building Nigeria's Response to Climate Change.
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Lindsey has nearly fourteen years' experience in web design and search engine optimisation, having trained in Bristol in 1998.
Lindsey works with Mike Read Associates, but also has her own website design company based in Poole, Dorset, offering website updates, e-commerce solutions, search engine optimisation (SEO) & marketing, Google Ad setup & management, blog creation, logo design, banner and brochure design, creation of original artwork and backgrounds, digital manipulation or enhancement of existing photos or artwork, photography services, copy writing, domain name registrations / management, website hosting, bulletin board creation/management, and website form creation.
Lindsey built this website.
Deborah has fifteen years' experience working with organisations in local food and farming, community enterprise and economic regeneration sectors.
Her skills include stakeholder research, policy development, marketing and communications, events and facilitation, funding and evaluation.
She develops innovative programmes, builds partnerships and networks, co-ordinates multi-skilled groups. She is also an Associate of F3 and the Evaluation Trust.
Kate has been involved in environmental management for over 10 years. Having initially completed a BSc in Environmental Science in 2002, Kate progressed into working within the UK water sector involved in strategic asset management, environmental compliance, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and environmental policy analysis. This entailed facilitation of workshops, giving presentations, project management and business report writing. Subsequently, Kate completed a MSc (Eng) in sustainable waste management in 2006, through which she completed a study into the technical and economic appraisal of autoclave technology and composting to treat Municipal Solid Waste. The continuation of her interest into business and environmental management led to the recent completion of an Engineering Doctorate. This involved inter-disciplinary research into strategic decision support development to analyse EU environmental legislation to inform organisational adaptation and investment requirements within the UK water sector.
In her spare time Kate also has a keen interest in arts and crafts, playing tennis, and gardening.
Elizabeth has a solid Environmental Science background from her primary degree, and has built on this with ten years in the environmental and social sustainability sector.
Elizabeth has worked for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust – working on local and regional energy efficiency, waste minimisation, sustainable transport and local food projects at both individual behaviour change and community action levels. She has since been working with Community First, a community development charity giving legal advice and training to parish and town councils in Wiltshire.
In her spare time Elizabeth grows fruit and vegetables and enjoys the theatre.
Mike Read studied botany and environmental technology at the University of London and then established Mike Read Associates in 1987.
Mike's work has included environmental and social certification, responsible tourism, water efficiency, wildlife conservation, climate change, and waste prevention.
Clients have included major international NGOs, national governments and the commercial sector. He also has considerable experience of project fundraising.
In 2009 Mike helped the Travel Foundation (TF) establish a new role of Head of Programmes, developing a team spread across 11 countries, developing and implementing sustainable tourism programmes, and working with major commercial, trade body and international partners. He continues to manage TF's agricultural links project in Turkey. He is vice-chair of the Accreditation Panel of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and has many years' experience of establishing sustainable livelihoods projects, often in challenging locations.