March 8th marks International Women’s Day!
What better way to celebrate than to shine a light on the incredible women who work across the Trust? From administration, catering, and marketing to the CEO herself – we have talented women throughout the Trust.
Here’s just a short snapshot of just some of the fantastic women who make up the Trust:
Patrice McGhee, Catering and Visitor Centre Supervisor
“I only joined the Parc Slip team in the last two weeks but I already feel very welcome and at home here. There are many reasons for loving the job one being driving in and seeing a red kite glide over the café as I begin my day! I am passionate about great food and great service which is what I strive for here. The Wildlife Trust is embarking on some new exciting times and I’m glad to be a part of that. I hope to bring both nature and food together so a visit here is whole experience.”
Lorna Baggett, Valleys Reserve Officer
“I’m Lorna the Wildlife Trust Officer who works in the ‘Valleys’ area. I manage 4 nature reserves for the Trust and spend a lot of my time doing practical habitat management, maintaining access and doing wildlife surveys with volunteers on these sites. I work part time on a project called ‘Connecting People and Nature’ in Merthyr, where we have been encouraging rural communities to come to their local parks to take part in wildlife and wellbeing activities and volunteering. I love my job. It’s really varied- every day is different and I get to spend time with my volunteers, who are the most helpful and generous people! I find it very rewarding knowing that what we do on our nature reserves and beyond all goes towards protecting wildlife and looking after our environment.”
Megan Howells, People and Wildlife Officer
"The main part of my role is to engage people with wildlife on our nature reserves and in urban areas of South Wales (Cardiff, Bridgend etc.) so that they will care and campaign for wildlife in their areas. Delivery of this engagement can be varied. One week I might be managing habitats on the reserve with a hardy group of volunteers and the next I will be running wildlife walks like bat walks and reptile rambles.
The best part about my job is seeing people’s ‘wildlife experience firsts’. Being able to show someone their first newt or hear the alien sounds of a bat call through a bat detector for the first time, and witness the excitement and pure joy that brings to people is a privilege. Spending most of my time outside in the summer is a real bonus too.”
Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager
“I’ve been WTSWW’s Marketing and Development Manager for almost 6 years now and absolutely love it! No 2 days are the same, but that’s a good thing. I am responsible for the strategic marketing direction of the Trust and commercial assets including; profile raising, campaigns, visitor experience, media and PR, fundraising, partnerships and events. Every day I’m inspired by our dedicated team, amazing wild places and incredible wildlife.”
Dr Lizzie Wilberforce, Conservation Manager
“I joined WTSWW as a reserves manager on a lottery-funded project in Ceredigion, in 2003, and managing nature reserves was a big part of my job for more than ten years. However in 2009 I became the Trust’s Conservation Manager in the west, responsible for the conservation team staff who not only manage reserves, but deliver public events and education, do project work, deliver research programmes and so much more. I also help the team to look after big infrastructure assets, like on Skomer and Skokholm, and lead on health and safety for the charity. It’s an incredibly diverse job, and every day is different. One day could be a botanical survey, another day a septic system contract, and the third responding to a government consultation. It is never dull!”
Jane Howells, Welsh Wildlife Centre Shop Volunteer
“What makes the Welsh Wildlife Centre a great place to work are the amazing staff, who warmly welcomed me on board as a volunteer a few months ago. On reception, I get to meet many interesting people, help out with any queries the public has and assist with the sale of merchandise. All in all, it’s a great place to work!”
Dr Sarah Perry, Living Seas Manager
“As the Living Seas Manager I head up the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Living Seas team based at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) where I am responsible for managing the Living Seas team there, the CBMWC, managing our research and developing our Living Seas work.
I am lucky enough to have been involved in marine conservation in west Wales for over 15 years, starting off as a volunteer. The CBMWC overlooks New Quay bay and I have the pleasure of watching members of the internationally important population of Cardigan Bay bottlenose dolphins from my office window and spending time on the water, researching these fascinating animals – what’s not to love!
I enjoy the variety that my job working for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales brings, meeting people that share my love of all things marine and having the pleasure of working with some wonderful passionate and dedicated people.”
Claire Eynon, Membership and Administration Assistant
“My role in the Trust is Membership and Admin Assistant based at Parc Slip Nature Reserve. I help to support different areas such as Membership, Communications and the Finance department. My tasks include processing membership and wildlife adoption applications, uploading the e-news articles for the website, processing the Skomer landing tickets for claiming gift aid, keeping the office stocked up with stationary and sending out the post. It is a varied job and I am so grateful to be working in an office located in a beautiful nature reserve. I love looking out at the trees and birds and after spending many years working in a corporate environment in the middle of the city this connection with nature never becomes boring. My tasks may not appear to be as ‘exciting’ as working in the conservation areas but I resonate with the values and aims of The Wildlife Trust which is important to me.”
Sarah Kessell, CEO
Finally, we couldn’t possibly talk about the Trusts hard working women without paying homage to our incredibly dedicated CEO, Sarah Kessell. Sarah has worked for the Trust for many years and continues to drive the organisation forward with her determination and enthusiasm.
We cannot thank our dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic staff and volunteers enough for their continuous hard work. It is also worth noting, that the Trust also employs dedicated and hard working men too!
If you would like the opportunity to join this passionate and dedicated team, keep an eye on our jobs and volunteering pages!