Nigel joined RTCT in April 2019 and haa a passion for wildlife conservation and the environment. For the past 13 years he has been CEO of Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) – part of the federation of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK. SWT had responsibility for over 8,500 ha of protected landscapes across Surrey and is also the lead partner for the River Wey and Mole Catchment Partnerships. He was also a Board Member of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for the whole of the period.
Until very recently he was a riparian owner, for 24 years, along a section of the River Swere in Wigginton, Oxfordshire and was regularly involved in water quality testing, willow pollarding programmes and river bank reinforcement projects with neighbouring owners.
Nigel is very much look forward to meeting you and being able to work with you to make a difference for the River Thame and its catchment.
Project Officer: Tim
Tim joined the Trust in September 2018. He has a lifelong interest in rivers and is an occasional fisherman. Prior to joining RTCT he worked for over seven years at the South East Rivers Trust as a senior project officer. He brings with him a wealth of experience in managing both large and small fish passage and habitat improvement projects through from idea to delivery.
Tim was instrumental in the award-winning restoration of the Carshalton arm of the River Wandle in South London that culminated in the successful recruitment of trout in the river for the first time in 80 years. The river also became the first urban heavily modified water body in the UK to reach ‘good ecological potential’ (GEP) for the purposes of the EU’s Water Framework Directive.
Project Officer (Natural Flood Management): Annabel
Annabel joins the Trust in having previously worked with both the Westcountry Rivers Trust and environmental consultancy Peter Brett Associates and having experience with modelling fine sediments and delivering SuDS in the community.
Her works to date have focused on soil erosion and diffuse sediment pollution including the SCIMAP model and designing a river restoration strategy for the River Fowey, Cornwall. She recently completed her Masters in Sustainable Environmental Management supported by the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators and has won multiple awards for both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Plymouth.
Annabel has researched, modelled and proposed land management strategies and scenarios to mitigate soil erosion on the River Dart, Devon as well as further afield in Emaerete, the Monduli District of Tanzania. Her modelled strategies in Emaerete are due to be delivered in 2020-21 as part of the Jali Ardhi (care for the land) international development project. She hopes that her experiences from different cultures and environments will be valuable to her work in the Thame catchment.
Project Officer: Hilary
Hilary joined the River Thame Conservation Trust in September 2020 from Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) where she was Living Landscape Manager (Berkshire). In this role she had responsibility for delivery of a HLF Landscape Partnership project focused on Greenham Common, and the development of a new Living Landscape project area in East Berkshire, both roles involved working in partnership with local communities, volunteers and landowners.
A previous role with Wild Oxfordshire included hosting the Evenlode Catchment Partnership and managing Oxfordshire’s Biodiversity Advisory Group. During this time Hilary played a key role in developing the Thames Water Blitz in partnership with EarthWatch and the Evenlode Natural Flood Management (NFM) project in partnership with the Evenlode Catchment Partnership and Environment Agency (EA); and she was lead author for the State of Nature in Oxfordshire 2017 report.