Look who's talking: Speaker Biographies 2018

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Catherine Allen

Founder of Limina Immersive, who provide cultural venues with curated VR content

Dr Thomas Appleby

Associate professor at UWE and trustee and head of legal affairs at the Blue Marine Foundation

Tom August

An ecologist using virtual reality and computer games to talk about our changing world. Tom works at the Centre of Ecology & Hydrology

Helen Bell

Associate Director at Greenhouse PR

Jenny Briggs

Account Manager at Greenhouse PR, an agency working exclusively for clients in the environmental sector who use the power of communications to drive social and environmental change

Robin Clegg

Freelance communications consultant focussing on environment, conservation and sustainability issues for a range of organisations including Volvo Ocean Race, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and The Nature Conservancy.

Adam Cormack

Central communications team leader at The Wildlife Trusts, one of the UK’s largest nature conservation charities.

Paul Cox

Director of the Shark Trust

Sophie Duncan

Deputy Director of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), which supports universities to engage with the public

Stephen Gledhill

Strategic communicator at Defra specialising in water resources and climate change

Chris Gilmour

Former staff reporter at The Sun and head of Only Crisis, a division of Beattie Communications and one of the UK’s leading providers of reputation management

Will Guyatt

Head of Communications at Ecotricity.

Sheena Harvey

Editor of BBC Wildlife, the UK’s bestselling natural history magazine, read each month by around 240,000 people

Hendrikus van Hensbergen

Founder and CEO of Action for Conservation

James Honeyborne

BBC’s Natural History Unit Executive Producer, James conceived ‘Blue Planet II’ in 2013

Nicole Itano

Director of Media and Content at WWF-UK

Katie Keeler

Executive Producer of production studio, Kaleider. Kaleider makes installation, live performance and digital work.

Chris Kemp

Co-founder and a company director of Suited and Booted Studios CIC, which enhance communications through high quality video production

Shaaron Leverment

Deputy CEO of the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, founding director of Explorer Dome

Peter Morris

Head of Public Relations & Communications at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Dr Rose O’Neill

Natural England’s Principal Specialist for People and the Environment. Rose has oversight of the largest and longest running survey of public attitudes and experiences with nature

Marsha Osivwemu

Head of the DEFRA 25 Year Environment Plan (YEP) delivery team, Marsha also has oversight of the year of green action 2019

Dr Matt Pritchard

Science magician and Curator of Wonder. An independent science communicator and Associate of the Inner Magic Circle who performs to over 50,000 people a year

Alex Raeder

The National Trust’s Trusts Natural Environment lead in the South West. Alex is is currently helping to shape a nature and access Strategy for the SW Coast

Trewin Restorick

Founder and CEO of the award-winning charity Hubbub UK, which transforms the way environmental messages are communicated

Leila Segal

Leila is director of the participatory photography project Voice of Freedom, which works with women who have escaped trafficking and torture.

Sidharth Sharma

Sidharth has spent the last 20 years creating strong, resilient brands such as The Thali Cafe, Shambala Festival and his latest offering KIN

Mark Simpson

Public Relations Manager at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. He also sits on the national committee of the Natural History Consortium.

Katharine Steentjes

Research Associate at Cardiff University examining public perceptions of environmental risks, related policy strategies and energy issues.

Tim Vanson

Senior consultant at Traverse, Tim is currently studying the barriers and enablers to environmental volunteering amongst 16 to 24 year olds as a project for Defra

Chris Warburton

Chris is the presenter of the Weekend Breakfast programme on BBC Radio 5 live.

Judith White

Judith is a policy advisor in Defra and leads delivery on the policy commitment to make 2019 a year of action for the environment

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