Staff, Trustees and Advisors


Dr. Bruce Howard, Director

Bruce has responsibility for developing the Network and ensuring delivery of its activities

The focus of Bruce's work for the past 14 years has been to bring different organisations and professions together to tackle environment-related challenges. Linking the condition of the environment with 'big issues' in society like health and economic development has been an important part of this. He led the development the Ecosystems Knowledge Network (launched in 2012) and set it up as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2015.  Bruce has the experience of work in local authority, in consultancy, in academia, and in the non-profit sector. Bruce originally trained as a landscape architect.




Jo Thompson, Research, Events & Communications support

Jo is a Geography graduate from Oxford University.  She served as our Project Officer and Researcher in 2017 and 2018 before going on to do a Master's degree in Environment and Development. She has now returned part-time to support our commissioned work, our events programme and our communications.


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Sarah Jane Chimbwandira

Sarah Jane is Chief Executive of Surrey Wildlife Trust and Director of Surrey Nature Partnership. She 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. 

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.

Past Chairpersons: Professor Mike Acreman & Dr Rob Fish

We are grateful to professor Mike Acreman for Chairing the Network's Board of Trustees from January 2015 to April 2017 and to Dr. Rob Fish for serving as Chair between April 2017 and April 2019.