Staff, Trustees and Advisors


Bruce Howard, Network Co-ordinator

Bruce has overall responsibility for developing and running the Network.

Bruce has experience of work in the public, private, academic and charity sectors. He has been involved in bringing different sectors and professions together to address environment-related topics for the last eight years. Prior to setting up the Network as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Bruce was employed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.  He has also worked in local authority, in consultancy, in academia, and in the non-profit sector.  Before commencing post-graduate studies in environmental science, Bruce trained as a landscape architect.


Claire Forrest, Communications and Project Manager

The Communications and Project Manager is at the hub of the Network - promoting its events and activities, carrying out project work and dealing with enquiries from members and others.

Claire has worked in research, fundraising and communications for charities and the public sector for over 20 years. She has a lifelong interest in how the natural environment benefits people. She studied biology at university, followed by a Master’s degree in Environmental Management. After several years of research and administration at the British Trust for Ornithology she followed an interest in overseas development as a fundraiser for Save the Children. She then returned to work on UK environmental affairs and was responsible for many years for a wide range of communications for a small public body which conserves and promotes the protected landscapes of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


We plan to host interns over the summer of each year. Our 2016 intern Rosie Walls excelled in her role, reviewing the work of Local Nature Partnerships in England and helping to organise our Building Prosperous Cities event. To enquire about future internship positions, please email


Rob Fish

Dr. Fish is a human geographer and social scientist by training. His work is interdisciplinary and policy focused, centring primarily on the theory and practice of sustainable land management. This work spans issues of both natural resource management and environmental protection. He has been closely involved in Defra’s work to embed the ecosystem approach into policy and decision making processes, and is an author of several outputs of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Dr. Fish has recently led a public dialogue project on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. He is an author of the International Handbook of Ecosystem Services (Routledge, 2015).

Dr. Fish was part of the Management and Delivery Group for the Ecosystems Knowledge Network between 2011 and 2014. He now serves as interim chair of the Board of trustees.

Sue Christie OBE

Sue is an ecologist who has worked within the environmental NGO sector in Northern Ireland for over 30 years, including 6 years as Director of the Ulster Wildlife Trust and over 20 years as CEO of Northern Ireland Environment Link. Sue was the lead author of the Northern Ireland chapter of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Now retired, she works in a voluntary capacity with a wide range of local charities and groups, including Keep NI Beautiful, the Belfast Food Network and the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside. 

Lyndsey Dodds

Dr Lyndsey Dodds is Head of Marine Policy at WWF-UK, with whom she has worked since 2007. This includes management of the EU LIFE PISCES Project and its successor the Celtic Seas Partnership. Both initiatives have been commended for the way that they are putting the ecosystem approach into practice in marine management.  Lyndsey has also worked with the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and has a PhD in marine ecology.

Jonathan Porter

Jonathan Porter has eighteen years’ experience of using spatial data to support landscape ecology and planning. He is a founding partner of Countryscape, a transdisciplinary company, combining the creative skills of a communications agency with the scientific knowledge of an environmental consultancy. He has worked on many projects with stakeholders in protected landscapes and other area-based projects including landscape strategy; green infrastructure strategy; ecosystem assessment; monitoring; and knowledge exchange. His work is informed by a solid understanding of the technology underpinning Geographical Information Systems and of the opportunities and limitations of different datasets to support landscape planning. Jonathan is President of the UK Region of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.

Jonathan Porter was part of the Management and Delivery Group for the Ecosystems Knowledge Network between 2011 and 2014. He now serves as a trustee.

Sarah Jane Chimbwandira

Sarah Jane started her career with the Countryside Service of Surrey County Council. Following the ground-breaking transfer of the SCC Countryside Service to Surrey Wildlife Trust in May 2002 she transferred to SWT. She now manages the Biodiversity, Evidence & Policy department for the Trust where she oversees the planning advisory service, ecological consultancy, local record centre and Living Landscapes team. She is also Director of the Surrey Nature Partnership.


Past Chairperson: Mike Acreman

We are grateful to Mike Acreman for Chairing the Network's Board of Trustees from January 2015 to April 2017. Mike was involved in the drafting of the original twelve principles of the ecosystem approach.