|Senior Management Team|
|Kathy Wormald, Chief Executive Officer
Kathy joined Froglife in 2007, after nearly 20 years in the NGO sector. She has a background in accountancy and management and her broad range of experience includes poverty relief, human rights, environment and conservation; Kathy is a Director of Peterborough Plus and has been a trustee for the Pesticides Action Network Europe, the Women’s Environment Network and the Bhopal Medical Appeal.
With ideas of being a journalist like Kate Adie when she was younger, Kathy now says that she is in her dream job working with the ‘can do’ attitude of Froglife staff and actively contributing something positive through our conservation work. Born in South Africa, Kathy’s first experience with frogs was also the first time she saw rain – the downpour brought out hundreds of happy frogs who’d been in hiding during the dry weather. Her favourite reptiles are lizards.
|Jenny Tse-Leon, Head of Learning and Communications (Maternity Leave)
Jenny joined the Froglife team in 2014 to take up the new post of Head of Learning and Communications. Her passion for conservation was kindled after spending time at the OuTrop Orangutan project in Borneo and this inspired her to build on her Biological Sciences degree with an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College.
Her final thesis took her to the Russian steppe to study the critically endangered siaga antelope and its relationship with local people.
Before coming to Froglife she worked for a community development association on the south coast, her role as Open Spaces Development Worker involved engaging the local community with their environment. Projects included increasing access of BME communities to the newly formed South Downs National Park, creating a vibrant community garden with wildlife pond from disused land and fundraising for a new outdoor classroom at a local recreation ground.
Jenny manages the education work at Froglife and is the lead contact for working with local schools through our Leapfrog Schools project, to inspire a new generation with amphibians and reptiles. She feels that fostering an interest in wildlife from a young age is critical for conservation in the long-term.
|Sheila Gundry, Development Manager Education, Learning and Communications
Sheila joined Froglife in September 2017 as Development Manager for Education, Learning and Communications. Sheila is a specialist in environmental education – she loves finding creative ways of teaching and learning about the environment. She has extensive experience of managing major projects and developing new ones. She is a qualified secondary school teacher and is particularly interested in active, hands on learning techniques. Outside work she is often to be found exploring wild places and having adventures in the natural world.
|Laurence Jarvis, Science & Research Manager
Laurence joined the Froglife team in 2017 to take up the post of Head of Conservation. Laurence has a long-standing interest in the ecology and conservation of amphibians and completed a PhD on the microhabitat preferences of the great crested newt Triturus cristatus in Epping Forest, UK in 2012.
This involved examining the population dynamics of adults within ponds, juveniles during their terrestrial phase and investigating the impacts of predators on embryo and larval survival. Following this, Laurence undertook an internship with the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) re-assessing the status of priority amphibian species in Peru. This resulted in a publication in Tropical Conservation Science in 2015 (http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/194008291500800304). Laurence is also collaborating with the IUCN and specialists in Brazil to re-assess Data Deficient species in the Atlantic Forest, Brazil.
Prior to joining Froglife, Laurence worked in environmental ecotoxicology with a particular interest in the impacts of pesticides on amphibian populations. He is currently developing links with the Institute for Agri Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) and the University of Newcastle to investigate movement patterns of great crested newts in agricultural habitats.
Laurence currently manages the amphibian and reptile conservation projects at Froglife. He is interested in a wide range of issues relating to amphibian and reptile conservation and in developing and leading conservation and research across the UK and abroad.
|James McAdie, Head of Projects
James joined Froglife in 2010 to take over the FACT project (formerly Peterborough Environment Enrichment Project) and since moved on to become the River Nene Dragon Finder Project Manager and Head of Projects.
As a young lad, James joined the RAF in order to see the world and in his ten years was fortunate enough to complete tours in destinations such as Arizona, Ohio, North America, the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island and Turkey. Unfortunately, he also completed a tour in Norfolk. James enjoys being outside and getting his hands dirty and his role within Froglife enables him to do this on a daily basis. James loves the variety of his role within Froglife – working outdoors with people! James is unsure which of our species is his favourite – he likes the natterjack toad, but then… he likes the adder too. But which is best? There’s only one way to find out…FIGHT!!!
|Gail Lydall, Learning Officer
Gail joined Froglife in January 2017 as the Learning Officer delivering projects such as the Green Pathways project in the Peterborough region. Gail has experience of working with people of all ages in various outdoor educational roles. She loves being outdoors and showing people the natural world.
Gail started her career with 15 years in Finance before deciding to make a career change. She has a BSc First Class Honours in Countryside Management from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Gail’s first job on completing her degree was the translocation of Great Crested Newts for an ecology practice. Gail then worked as a Farm Education Development Intern at a Country Park in Hertfordshire before heading to the Isle of Wight and Dorset to become and Field Studies Instructor for PGL. Her last position before coming to Froglife was as an Educational Forest Ranger in Hampshire.
|Louise Smith, Learning Officer
Louise joined the Froglife team in January 2017 as the new Learning Officer working on the Green Pathways project based in the Glasgow Office. After graduating in 2015 with an MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology she has been volunteering with several different conservation charities near Glasgow to increase her land-based conservation experience.
She enjoys gaining new practical skills, working with volunteers and especially engaging with children about the natural environment and the fascinating wildlife that can be found there.
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|Stuart Park, Conservation Officer
Stuart joined Froglife in 2017 as the Conservation Officer for the FACT project in Peterborough, after completing a Degree in zoology. He has previously worked in varied roles in the conservation, education and land management industries. With a keen passion for wildlife and conservation from a young age, spending lots of time observing the animals and plants in and around rivers, ponds and wild landscapes has inspired him to pursue a career in conservation that encourages and promotes the enjoyment to others.
|Mike Sims, Kirklees Natural Achievers Sessional Worker
Mike joined Froglife in June 2016 as a Sessional Worker on the Kirklees Natural Achievers Project. Mike re-entered full time education in 2012 to study BSc Environmental Conservation at Sheffield Hallam University in order to change career to one he is passionate about. Since graduating, Mike has gained experience leading and assisting on a range of outdoor environmental projects with diverse community groups; enjoying the opportunity to engage individuals through learning new skills and gaining knowledge whilst enjoying and appreciating all the benefits the natural environment provides.
|Gary Wilkinson, Kirklees Green Pathways Project Worker
Gary joined Froglife in March 2017 as a project worker on the Kirklees Green Pathways Project. Gary has experience in assisting various people with a wide range of mental health issues, he has a strong interest in the benefits of what the great outdoors can bring to health needs. Gary has a Diploma in Countryside Management along with extensive experience within the conservation sector. Gary enjoys the great outdoors and has a passion for conservation and wildlife protection.
Available Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
|Scottish Dragon Finder Team|
|Dr Vicky Larcombe, Scottish Dragon Finder Project Manager (Job share)
Vicky joined Froglife in May 2011 as the Development Officer for the London Dragon Finder project and then went on to manage the project when it started in October 2012. She now works as the Project Manager of the Scottish Dragon Finder project, which is based at Stirling University Innovation Park.
Vicky has always been interested in reptiles and amphibians, however, this interest really grew when she went to Trinidad to carry out amphibian research with Professor Roger Downie, one of Froglife’s trustees. Vicky has an undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Biological Photography and Imaging from the University of Nottingham. After her MSc she went on to work as a graphic designer for Scottish Natural Heritage and a science communicator for Setpoint Scotland before doing a PhD in amphibian conservation at the University of Manchester and Chester Zoo. Most of Vicky’s work with amphibians has been with tropical tree frogs out in Belize, Trinidad and Ecuador, however she is just as fascinated by our own native species here in the UK. Her favourite amphibian species is the Black-eye Tree Frog (from Central America) and her favourite UK species is the Slow-Worm. Antwis, Haworth, Engelmoer, Ogilvy, Fidgett, Preziosi. 2014. Ex situ Diet Influences the Bacterial Community Associated with the Skin of Red-Eyed Tree Frogs (Agalychnis callidryas). PLoS ONE 9(1)Ogilvy, V. Preziosi, R. F., Fidgett, A. L. 2012. A brighter future for frogs? The influence of carotenoids on the health, development and reproductive success of the red-eye tree frog. Animal Conservation 15(5): 1469-1795Ogilvy, V, Fidgett, A. L., Preziosi, R. F. 2012. Differences in carotenoid accumulation among three feeder-cricket species: implications for carotenoid delivery to captive insectivores. Zoo Biology 31(4): 480-488Ogilvy, V., Preziosi, R. F. 2012. Can carotenoids mediate the potentially harmful effects of ultraviolet light in Silurana (Xenopus) tropicalis larvae? Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. 96(4): 693-699.
Please note normal working days are Monday (10:00-13:30), Tuesday and Wednesday.
|James Stead, Scottish Dragon Finder Project Officer
James joined Froglife mid-way through the Living Water project in July 2012 but was just in time to start working on Phase 2 of the project. He is currently working as the Project Officer for the Scottish Dragon Finder project based in Stirling. James originally studied at the Newton Rigg campus and graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Animal Conservation Science.
He has held several positions previously with the RSPB in Wales, Cumbria and Lancashire where the majority of his time was spent surveying for breeding wading birds. Before joining Froglife, he was employed as an assistant ecologist for over a year surveying for a variety of wildlife from birds to bats, amphibians to reptiles and dormice to badgers. James has also been involved in voluntary projects in Israel and the Seychelles. His favourite reptile is the common lizard because they look like they don’t want to be messed with!
|Emily Millhouse, London Project Development Manager
Emily joined Froglife in March 2016 as a project officer for The London Dragon Finder Project. She has now taken on the role of London Project Development Manager and is currently developing the London Tails of Amphibian Discovery (T.O.A.D) project. Emily gained a Biology BSc at the University of Sussex, and spent the rest of her time in rockpools with the Sussex Wildlife Trust as a ShoreSearch Volunteer. After she moved to London, she swapped rockpools for lakes & ponds becoming a volunteer officer for The Conservation Volunteers, helping to manage a 4-acre wetland site and gaining a passion for urban wildlife conservation. The smooth newt is her favourite amphibian, but who doesn’t love their little smiley faces and spotty bellies!
|Oliver Franks, London Project Officer
Olli joined Froglife in November 2017; he will be developing and delivering education and engagement throughout London.
He completed a traineeship in natural heritage skills with Ulster Wildlife in 2015, and has worked in environmental education roles since then (he has two sessional roles alongside this one!). He loves helping people, particularly children, learn more about and enjoy the natural world.
Olli’s favourite reptile is the grass snake: he feels an affinity with it because he also enjoys swimming in ponds.
Please note normal working days are Wednesdays and Thursdays.
|River Nene Dragon Finder Team|
|James McAdie, Head of Projects
Further details in Senior Management Team section above.
|Ross Edgar, River Nene Dragon Finder Project Officer and Conservation Officer
Ross joined Froglife in November 2014 to take over the FACT project (formerly Peterborough Environment Enrichment Project). In 2017 he took over the role of Conservation Officer to manage Hampton Nature Reserve 3 days per week and River Nene Dragon Finder Project Officer 2 days per week. After having his children Ross decided to make a career change and has spent the last 3 years studying Conservation Management at Writtle college, Essex on their foundation degree course.
Alongside the course he spent much of his time volunteering for charities such as the Wildlife Trust, National Trust and The Great Fen Project, whilst also volunteering at his children’s school, helping out with their forest school and at a Duke of Edinburgh Award group. His favourite native reptile species is the adder, as its difficult to find, but once he finds them he says he could spend hours observing them.
|Catherine Duerden, River Nene Dragon Finder Project Officer
After initially starting as a volunteer, Catherine joined Froglife in January 2015 to work part-time as a Trainee on the Peterborough Green Pathways project. In May 2016 she turned full-time and became a River Nene Dragon Finder Trainee and by August she took over as the River Nene Dragon Finder Project Officer! She enjoys learning about the outdoor environment and encouraging others to do the same, particularly through hands-on and creative activities, making this her ideal job! Catherine has completed a Masters in Habitat Restoration and Conservation, working on her dissertation with Forest Research Wales. She has also spent time surveying great crested newts on a project in Kent, and has undertaken an office based research project for Natural England. She is having a great time finding out more about reptiles and amphibians, and inspiring others to care about them too!
|Michelle Branson, River Nene Dragon Finder Trainee
Michelle joined Froglife in November 2017 as a River Nene Dragon Finder Trainee. She completed her BSc Zoology degree at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus where a lot of time was spent rock pooling and volunteering for the National Trust’s Education project on the Lizard. Since then she has worked predominantly in Scotland, helping to protect breeding ospreys and monitoring the local beaver population! Most recently, she spent two months volunteering for the Scottish Wildlife Trust on the uninhabited Handa Island as an Information Assistant, helping visitors spot puffins and dolphins. Having loved reptiles and amphibians since childhood, Michelle is excited to be a part of their conservation, especially as she has the chance to work at reserves in her home county of Northamptonshire!
|Finance and Office Team|
|Marie Homewood, Finance and Admin Officer
Marie started her working career in the pub trade until she had her children and decided to hang up the party shoes. Not knowing what she really wanted to do she went into the travel industry where she worked within Finance Departments and Aviation Admin. On being made redundant Marie started to study towards her AAT qualification completing Level 3, which lead to getting a role for 4 years in a Data & electrical company where she put into practice her studies and gained great experience. Marie then joined Froglife in October 2014 due to previous employer relocation and the chance to expand her accounting knowledge.
|Anne Davies, Consultant Finance Manager
Anne joined Froglife in 2014 assisting with in the finance department. Later in the year, due to staff changes, she took over the Finance Manager role. Anne has over 20 years experience in the field of accountancy, having worked in industry, professional and charity sectors. She now runs an accounts consultancy business offering assistance to all types of businesses. Anne loves the outdoor life.. from trekking in China, horse riding locally and walking her 2 cocker spaniels but to name a few of the activities she participates in. If it’s happening in the fresh air..she’ll try and be there!
|Ashlea Mawby, Communications & Fundraising Officer
Ash was first involved with Froglife back in 2011 as a participant in the now completed ‘Wildlife Ambassadors’ project and had been a committed volunteer thereafter, being awarded various accolades for her commitment. She officially joined the Froglife staff team in June 2016 as the Trainee Conservation Youth Worker on the Green Pathways project in Peterborough.
She worked on Green Pathways for 18 months and in that time achieved things that she is very proud of, including planning the creation and funding of 2 new ponds and being filmed for Gardener’s World. She is pleased to be helping to fund raise for Froglife so she can continue to make a difference.
Available Mondays and Wednesdays
|Katie Rowberry, Ecologist
Katie joined in May 2015 as Ecologist for Froglife Ltd. She has previously held positions as a Field Ecologist and Assistant Ecologist gaining experience with a wide variety of protected species surveys and related ecological work. Katie developed a keen interest in nature as a child, which then led to completion of an undergraduate degree in Zoology and a Masters of Research degree in Animal Behaviour at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Freshwater ecology and amphibians have always been a particular passion for Katie, with the great crested newt being her favourite species. In addition to consultancy work Katie has held volunteer positions with organisations including The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, The Natural History Society of Northumbria and The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust with a focus on habitat creation, conservation and management.
|Michael Hartup, Intern
Michael joined Froglife in 2013 through an internship funded by the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species to investigate small wildlife road tunnels using automated camera systems. Michael has a background in broadcast engineering, and worked for BBC Outside Broadcasts for over ten years. He guaranteed television facilities for some of Europe’s largest live events for Sky, ITV, ESPN and the BBC before moving to special camera projects.
When not working he spent much of his time as a practical wildlife volunteer for the London Wildlife Trust, doing anything from leading groups of volunteers on corporate work days to light construction work building bird hides and pond decking. Michael decided to take a career break in 2011 to bring up his two children during which time, in a bid to take his career in a new direction, he has recently completed an Environmental Science degree with the Open University. However, he has maintained a passion for technical challenges. For part of his degree he developed the “Bufocam” automated camera and data logging system in collaboration with Dr Silviu Petrovan. He is now exploring road tunnel usage further with the Internship. The Common Toad is his favourite amphibian species, but only by a small margin, he is very happy to be recording frogs and newts too.
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