My first loves are family, singing folk music and rugby, having been involved over the last 25 years with two maritime folk groups (Cromer then Blakeney) raising money solely for local and national charities plus deserving local causes.
Hailing originally from Lincolnshire, I lived and worked in London for 12 years, moving to Norfolk 35 years ago to work and raise a family - Amy and Mark - and getting involved with the DIY on their respective houses, and my two grandchildren's company!
I retired 18 months ago and have greatly enjoyed the physical challenges of the Felbeck Trust work parties
My academic background is a geology and geography degree from University College London which was utilised for a number of years in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Land Drainage Department, followed by somehow getting involved in Accountancy installing financial systems as a project manager. I took this into a 25 year career in Natwest Bank becoming a senior programme manager. I also spent 4 years managing an IT department for a disability charity. Now retired, I can get back to my real interest in nature conservation. I am volunteering as a Reserve Guide at NWT Cley Marshes and NT Norfolk Coast (mainly Blakeney area) to support my life-long passion for wildlife and habitat management. From a strong project management background I am still keen on helping to get different community teams and organisations to co-operate for a mutually beneficial end.
For a complete change I also volunteer for North Norfolk Railway!
Ian is the Owner of (an SEO and Digital Marketing Agency) and has over 30 years experience in responsive and digital marketing. He (and his wife Maggie and Lakeland Terrier Wolfie) moved to the beautiful North Norfolk countryside in 2015. Ian has a lifelong passion for nature and conseravtion and is keen to help protect regional and local wildlife.
My involvement with charities dates back to 2002 when I worked as a Volunteer Deputy Expedition Leader for Raleigh International in Namibia and Borneo. Since then I have worked mostly with charities for disadvantaged, vulnerable or socially isolated people. I was Chair of Norfolk and Norwich Heritage Trust and I currently sit on the Board of Trustees of the National Centre for Writing. I have also worked with public and private sector commercial contracts, writing specifications and bids for funding or delivery of operational services. I have an interest in textile arts and crafts and am a member of a Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. I am excited by the prospect of growing conservation projects that will bring people together to pool their skills for the benefit of individuals, the community and the natural environment.
Born in Norfolk, I have spent all of my working life in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language, as a teacher, trainer, trainer of trainers, examiner and inspector. I had extended spells of work in Brunei, Thailand, France and Italy, and have run workshops and seminars in a wide range of other countries. Now semi-retired, I work as an inspector for the British Council's Accreditation Scheme, inspecting providers of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in the UK.
A life-long mountain walker, I love the outdoors and am happy to do anything I can to help reduce the damage it is currently suffering.
Kate has been a journalist for 20 years. She started her career at BBC Radio Norfolk, went on to become part of the breakfast news team at Radio Broadland and has been a reporter for ITV Anglia for 14 years. She has a special interest in environmental issues and can often be found in walking boots with a large, ginger retriever and a pair of binoculars for company.
I moved to Norfolk after 33 years with the National Offender Management Service, serving first as officer, then Governor and finally Operations Director. I ran my own successful management consultancy before finally retiring in 2014. I have served as a Trustee of a regional offender charity and I’m currently an office-holder for a local conservation group. I’m a life-long birder, with a broader interest in all things connected to wildlife and conservation. I volunteer as a reserve guide with Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Cley. I’ve been a founding member of two bird clubs and am currently Chair of the North East Norfolk Bird Club, which has over two hundred members, drawn from wide and diverse backgrounds. I lead bird groups for NWT, NENBC and the National Trust and teach bird-watching skills to beginners. In 2015 I was elected to Aylmerton parish council and have specific responsibilities for countryside issues, including the Village Pond Project.
I have a passion for the countryside and created the Felbeck Trust to do something practical to protect and improve our wildlife heritage. I believe in the opportunity which conservation projects provide to bring people and communities together.