Gemma Fisher – Volunteering and Community Engagement Officer
Gemma joined VWT in 2017 after completing a BSc in Outdoor Education at Liverpool John Moores University, and is nearing the completion of postgraduate studies in Environment, Culture and Society with Lancaster University. Prior to and during her studies, Gemma has worked with young people in the UK and USA through programmes that aim to enhance their connections to the outdoors and their communities. In addition, Gemma coordinated staff development for these programmes. Gemma’s role within the Trust involves further developing existing volunteer projects, training opportunities and wider engagement. Office: Ledbury.
Helen Henderson – Operations Manager
Helen joined the Trust in 2018 as Business and Administration Officer, and then moved into the role of Operations Manager in 2019. She has a background in administration from, most recently, Active Training and Education (ATE), a non-profit organisation aimed at promoting learning through play for children, but also previously in the education and retailing sectors. She has a degree in Geography and an HNC in Horticulture, and has previously worked in technology marketing, as well as a professional gardener. Office: Ledbury.
Dr Henry Schofield – Head of Conservation
Henry has worked for the Trust since 1990. After studying for a PhD in the ecology and conservation biology of lesser horseshoe bats, he set up the Trust’s first bat reserves for this species. This was followed by further projects on rare tree bats. His role is to have an overview of the Trust’s conservation and research projects and to develop and oversee the Trust’s conservation policy. Henry has a long-term interest in bats but enjoys working on all mammals. He is a keen amateur photographer and a trustee of BatLife Europe. Office: Presteigne.
Dr Steve Carter – Carnivore Programme Manager
Steve is a zoologist with a background in research on a number of mammal species, including water voles and badgers, and with a particular interest in the smaller carnivores. He has a PhD, from Royal Holloway University of London, on the impacts of introduced predators and their management for conservation. Steve joined the Trust in 2016 to develop the Trust’s carnivore conservation and research programme. Prior to joining the Trust, Steve worked for many years as a wildlife biologist with the Animal and Plant Health Agency, managing projects on the development and deployment of TB vaccines for badgers. Office: Amberley, Gloucestershire.
Dr Anita Glover – Bat Programme Manager
Anita is a zoologist with a background in bat research. She has a PhD, from the University of Leeds, in the ecology and conservation of cave-roosting bats. Anita joined the Trust in 2016 as the Bat Programme Manager to develop the Trust’s programme of bat conservation and research. Prior to joining VWT, Anita worked at the University of Leeds on a range of knowledge exchange and impact projects, from habitat suitability modelling for bats and wading birds, to biosecurity and invasive non-native species. Office: Powick.
Dr Jenny MacPherson – Science and Research Programme Manager
Jenny is a zoologist with a background in research on a range of mammal species, including pine marten, dormice, red squirrel, water vole and mink. She gained an MSc in conservation at University College London and then went on to a PhD at Royal Holloway. She joined the Trust in 2011 as project officer on the Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) project, working with volunteers and local communities on surveys and conservation of a range of mammal species in west Wales. In 2014, Jenny became the Trust’s Pine Marten Project Manager, managing the Pine Marten Recovery Project for England and Wales and the reinforcement of pine martens in Wales. She subsequently became Science and Research Manager in 2018. Office: Maesllyn, Ceredigion.
Lizzie Croose – Senior Carnivore Conservation Officer
Lizzie joined the Trust in 2008 after gaining a degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability, and subsequently completed an MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health at the University of Edinburgh. In 2017, she took a sabbatical and worked in the US on the Michigan Predator-Prey Project: a predator-prey dynamics study. Lizzie’s role involves research and conservation efforts on the Trust’s mustelid species programmes, as well as organising the European Mustelid Colloquium. Lizzie is also part of the Martes Working Group communications team and a member of the IUCN Small Carnivore Specialist Group. Office: Ledbury.
Dr Patrick Wright – Senior Science and Research Officer
Patrick joined the Trust in 2020 as Senior Science and Research Officer. His PhD, which he completed at the University of Exeter in January 2018, was funded by Vincent Wildlife Trust and focused on the conservation of Bechstein’s bats in Britain. By using a combination of landscape and molecular approaches, he assessed the genetic diversity and structure of the British population of Bechstein’s bats, and developed a molecular assay to estimate the age of individual bats. Since the end of his PhD, he has worked at the University of Sussex on a range of projects, such as developing monitoring techniques for woodland bats and identifying hedgehog roadkill hotspots. Office: Ledbury.
Kevin O’Hara – Pine Marten Project Officer (Back from the Brink)
Kevin is an ecologist with a background in mammal conservation, principally otters and water voles, and he has a particular interest in the smaller carnivores. He has worked on a number of projects involving these species, working with volunteers and local communities in the north east of England to foster lasting legacies. Within his previous role at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, he steered the very first reintroduction of water voles to the region. In 2017, Kevin became project officer within the Back from the Brink programme, which aims to pave the way for the recovery of the pine marten in northern England. Office: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
Marina Bollo Palacios – Bat Conservation Officer
Marina joined the Trust in 2018 as Bat Conservation Officer. She is a biologist with a background in conservation research, mainly related to birds. She has been involved in conservation projects within various taxa in Britain, Portugal, Peru and Spain. She gained an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology in 2014. She joined Vincent Wildlife Trust after working as a research assistant for the University of Sevilla, Spain, where she studied breeding success, migration and malaria prevalence in barn swallows. Office: Ledbury.