Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Senior Leadership Team

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Simon Nash - Chief Executive Officer

Simon has been Chief Executive Officer of Somerset Wildlife Trust since 2003. He previously worked in the Netherlands as CEO of Wetlands International. There he worked with the EU World Bank on UN environment programmes. Simon was born and brought up in the Cotswolds and has been active in environmental conservation from an early age. He cares passionately about the environment and believes the biggest threats are climate change and pressures from developers.

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Michele Bowe - Director Of Conservation Policy and Strategy

Michele was born and brought up in one of England’s most beautiful wetlands – the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. She’s a passionate bird watcher, committed to ensuring that wetland environments receive the global attention and protection they deserve. After studying ecology and geology she spent seven years in England’s Peak District National Park before moving overseas to follow a career in international wetland conservation and development in south east Asia and Oceania with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). During this period overseas, she also became a diver and spent many years working with local people to encourage a love of the undersea world. After 20 years of wetland and coastal conservation working with tribal people in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Australia, she moved back to the UK to join Somerset Wildlife Trust in a very chilly 2010. She is a passionate advocate for strong leadership for Somerset’s natural environment, believing that nature matters - to all our lives.

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Katie Arber - Director of Fundraising & Marketing

Katie joined Somerset Wildlife Trust and moved to Somerset in July 2015, and is responsible for growing and diversifying the Trust’s sources of income, and increasing awareness of our work across the county and beyond. Katie has worked in the charity sector for 15 years, specialising in fundraising, marketing and communications, including as Head of Marketing & Development at the Landmark Trust, and leading fundraising teams at Cheltenham Festivals and St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Her move into the charity sector followed marketing and communications roles with the international law firm, Linklaters, and in the UK's emerging biotechnology sector. She has a lifelong interest in wildlife and conservation, a Biology degree, is a trustee of the Sumatran Orangutan Society. She has yet to see an otter but has, since joining the Trust, counted booming Bitterns and hopes to inspire more people to experience all that is special about Somerset’s wildlife.