I am a conservationist, specialising in the conservation of felids - and in leadership, multi-party collaboration, network-building and policy-formation. I am a highly-driven, highly-regarded professional with a diverse career spanning 33 years. I work at senior level, globally - maintaining an independent position such that I can share my professional expertise across varied conservation, animal welfare and scientific bodies.
I am an integrative conservationist; my work is transdisciplinary, spanning biological and social initiatives, ex/in situ - and research, education, management, policy and practice. Predominantly, I now work at strategic/policy level with conservation bodies (NGOs, academia, governmental) globally to help improve efforts and outcomes - leading integrated, innovative solutions to aid endangered species conservation.
Prior to my conservation career, I worked for 16 years with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)/BBC World Service, globally - as a programme-maker/broadcaster, including within conflict areas, and in leadership roles.
I have strong working links and a rich skill-set. Particular strengths span not only conservation and biological/social science, but public communication, leadership, management, conflict resolution, advocacy, motivation and skills for working within hostile environments.
Currently, my research harnesses the many facets of my career - pioneering novel ways to unite conservation communities and promote multi-party collaboration. As a felid specialist, I focus majorly on the successful networks that work to conserve the snow leopard, Amur leopard and Iberian lynx, with further focus on networks for Andean cat, fishing cat, cheetah and Balkan lynx. Research benefits are transferable to all species in need of cohesive conservation effort; in addition to the benefits to my focal cat species, I work to aid the lesser-known/small-bodied cats. My work has earned numerous awards.