I am one of the founding members of PONT. I currently work part time as a conservation planning advisor for Natural Resources Wales. I am a Trustee of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and chair of the Pembrokeshire Islands conservation advisory committee. My formative years were spent on Skomer Island NNR where I was employed as the Warden for 10 years. On leaving Skomer I moved to the Nature Conservancy Council as the manager of 5 National Nature Reserves (NNRs) in North Wales. Shortly after the establishment of CCW I became responsible for coordinating the management of the NNR series in Wales.
I have been at the forefront of developing management planning for nature conservation and this includes considerable international experience ranging from Costa Rica to Uganda and Estonia to Spain. I lead on the development of the Ramsar management planning guidelines. My text book ‘Management Planning for Nature Conservation’ first published in 2008, has become recognised as a standard text on conservation planning.
I am an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University.