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 has been a trustee for the Pesticides Action Network Europe, the Women’s Environment Network and the Bhopal Medical Appeal.
Jenny Tse-Leon, Conservation, Evaluation & Research Manager
Jenny joined Froglife in 2014 and worked as our Head of Learning and Communications until taking up her new role as Conservation, Evaluation and Research Manager in April 2021. She is now responsible for our reserves, citizen science projects (such as Discovering Reptiles, Toads on Roads, Garden Wildlife Health and our Dragon Finder App), the work we do to evaluate the impact of our projects and our research. Her expertise is in engaging people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with nature conservation and she holds an honorary lectureship at The University of Brighton.
She feels that engaging people from all walks of life, especially those that wouldn’t normally take part, is critical for conservation in the long-term.
Sheila Gundry, Operations Manager
Sheila joined Froglife in September 2017 as Development Manager for Education, Learning and Communications and in 2021 took over as Operations Manager. Reporting to the CEO she oversees Froglife’s projects and manages the majority of the staff across the organisation. 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.
Chantel Carr, Reserve Warden & Trainer
Chantel joined Froglife in 2020 working on our Green Pathways project in Peterborough and our Nature and Nourishment Project. In 2022 she became our Reserve Warden & Trainer, taking on the ‘Transforming Lives’ project.
Chantel has a PDip in Ecology and Conservation and has previously worked for the RSPB. She is very keen to help inspire the younger generation to get outdoors and enjoy nature!
Vaughan Foulkes-Arnold, Transforming Lives Trainee
Vaughan joined Froglife in 2018 as a volunteer on the Hampton reserve and is now a Trainee Reserve Warden on the site, as well as Eye Green and Boardwalks in Peterborough as part of the Transforming Lives Project. He has previously worked on the Green Pathways project and still volunteers in his spare time, as he is passionate about inspiring the next generation of conservationists. Vaughan is a keen birdwatcher and has made a career change from the legal sector, whereby he worked as a Conveyancer.
Elizabeth Disdel, Transforming Lives Trainee
Elizabeth joined Froglife in 2022 as a Trainee Reserve Warden in Peterborough as part of the Transforming Lives project.
She is a big believer in the idea that there is no such thing as an individual: instead, everyone is a patchwork creation of their favourite parts of other people and things. Her patchwork is made up of a love of the natural world, working with like-minded people, reading ecofeminist theory, and dreaming about sunfish.
Patricia-Marie Freshwater, Transforming Lives Trainee
Patricia joined Froglife in June 2022 as a trainee reserve warden as part of the transforming lives team. Patricia worked in hospitality for four years before starting with Froglife and in college she studied animal care and volunteered for an animal rescue charity where she was responsible for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild animals.
Patricia hopes that in the future she can work within the conservation sector and help inspire other people to get more involved with nature, wildlife and conservation.
Clare Middleton, Learning Officer
Clare joined Froglife in May 2022 to work on the Green Pathways Project in Peterborough and our Nature and Nourishment project in Fenland.
After 16 years working for the DWP, Clare was ready for a change and wanted to engage her passion for nature and community by running a local community garden which she is still involved with.
When not working, you will find Clare out and about looking for wildlife and trying to beat her Dad in seeing the most species (he always wins).
James Stead, Come Forth for Wildlife Project Manager
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 also worked as the Project Officer for the Scottish Dragon Finder project based in Stirling, but is now the Come Forth for Wildlife Project Manager. James originally studied at the Newton Rigg campus and graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Animal Conservation Science.
Rosie Walker, Come Forth for Wildlife Project Assistant
Rosie joined the Froglife team in March 2020 as the Project Assistant for the Come Forth For Wildlife project in the Forth Valley area. She is very excited to work with community groups and volunteers across the Forth Valley, getting them excited about frogs, amphibians and nature conservation! Rosie studied Zoology and Conservation, graduating with a BSc Honours from Bangor University.
Mirran Trimble, Come Forth for Wildlife Project Assistant
Mirran first joined Froglife in November 2020 as the Come Forth For Wildlife Project Trainee. Since then she also worked on Froglife’s Discovering Reptiles Project before returning to the Come Forth for Wildlife project as Project Assistant in April 2022. Mirran studied Zoology at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2018.
Laura Hindle, Come Forth for Wildlife Project Trainee
Laura joined Froglife in November 2021 as the new Come Forth for Wildlife Trainee for the Come Forth For Wildlife project in the Forth Valley area. Laura has recently graduated from the University of Stirling with a BSc Honours in Environmental Geography. In the summer of 2021, she was lucky to volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland, specifically the Ben Lomond Ranger Service. Laura has always had a passion for wildlife conservation and the outdoors, with her favourite amphibian being the Common Frog which she frequently found in the pond in her garden back home.
Louise Smith, Development Officer
Louise joined the Froglife team in January 2017 as the Learning Officer working on the Green Pathways project based in the Glasgow Office. Louise is also the Learning Officer for the Green Pathways for Life Project. After graduating in 2015 with an MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology she had been volunteering with several different conservation charities near Glasgow to increase her land-based conservation experience.
Iona Brown, Learning Officer
Iona joined Froglife in November 2021 as a Learning Officer as part of the Green Pathways project based in Glasgow. Over the past few years, she has worked and volunteered for other conservation organisations, with experience in visitor engagement, educational talks, and fundraising. She is passionate about enthusing communities and youth groups to help nature in their local greenspaces.
Emily Millhouse, London Blue Chain Development Manager
Emily joined Froglife in March 2016 and is currently managing the development of our London Blue Chain Project. Emily has also managed our London Tails of Amphibian Discovery (T.O.A.D) project and her first role within Froglife was as a Project Officer for the London Dragon Finder project.
Emily studied Biology at The University of Sussex, where she founded an interest in aquatic ecology. After graduating, Emily worked for The Conservation Volunteers, helping manage a 4-acre wetland and leading task days across various nature reserves and parks. Emily is passionate about connecting people with nature, especially within urban environments. She is a firm believer that nature should be accessible for all, and that even small pocket parks in the most built-up areas have immense value for both wildlife and people.
Her favourite amphibian species is the common toad, but who doesn’t love those golden eyes?
Vicky Peet, Leaping Forward for Dementia Project Officer
Vicky joined Froglife in late 2020 to launch our City Bridge Trust funded project Leaping Forward for Dementia-London.
Previously a Senior Project Officer with TCV, The Conservation Volunteers delivering a Heritage Lottery Funded community education programme in Lloyd Park, E17 she engaged thousands of learners each year in spotting and understanding wildlife in their local area. She says “It was an absolute privilege introducing the community to their first newts, aquatic larvae or pieces of beautiful lichen…..there’s so much life in urban areas that people pass without noticing.”
She’s benefitted from lots of work based training most recently completing a series of Dementia Adventure Workshops which she found incredibly inspiring, and ultimately career defining.
Vicky says “It seems rather apt that it was Froglife Dragon Finder GCN training back in 2013 that really led my career in conservation. Now I get to combine the two of the most impactful training programmes I have attended to grow a really beneficial, and relevant programme empowering People Living with Dementia, and their support, network in accessing the outdoors.”.
Zak Mather-Gratton, Project Officer
Zak joined Froglife in January 2020 as Project Officer on the Somerset Green Pathways for Life project. He has a BSc in Ecological Science from Edinburgh University, and an MSc in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management from Copenhagen University.
Jenny Hooper, Discovering Dewponds Project Manager
Jenny joined Froglife in September 2021 as the Project Manager for Discovering Dewponds. After graduating with a BSc in Biology and MSc in Environmental Management she has worked for an events company and Surrey Wildlife Trust. Alongside this she has volunteered for various conservation and climate change groups and is a keen open water swimmer.
Will Johanson, Discovering Dewponds Project Trainee
Will joined Froglife in April 2022 as the Discovering Dewponds project trainee.
Will recently graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc in Anthropology, where he was fascinated to explore the relationships between people and nature across the world. He has held a lifelong passion for wildlife and wild spaces and is enthusiastic about sharing this with others, having experience working in the outdoor activity sector and volunteering with Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust.
Will is lucky to have grown up around the South Downs and is privileged to be part of a project making a positive difference for the reptiles, amphibians and communities living within this amazing landscape. His favourite native reptile is the water-loving grass snake!
Darren Starkey, Operations Manager: Small Projects
Darren joined Froglife in February 2021 to manage the Yorkshire Tails Of Amphibian Discovery Project. In 2022 he took on the role of Operations Manager for Froglife’s smaller projects.
Darren previously worked for the RSPB managing two large nature reserves in Yorkshire and before the that he worked for the Environment Agency in several conservation and project management roles. Darren is a graduate of York St John’s University where he gained a BSc Honours in Environmental Science.
Finance and Office Team
Marie Homewood, Finance & 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.
Ashlea Mawby, Communications Officer/ Toads on Roads Coordinator
Ash was first involved with Froglife back in 2011 as a participant in the Wildlife Ambassadors project and had been an enthusiastic volunteer thereafter, being awarded various accolades for her commitment. She joined the Froglife staff team in June 2016 as the Conservation Youth Worker Trainee for the Green Pathways project in Peterborough.
Kathy Wormald, Director
Further details in Senior Management Team section above.
James McAdie, Operations Manager
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 (until the projects’ end in May 2019) and Head of Projects. He now serves as the Froglife Ecological Services’ (FES) Operations Manager.
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.
John Howieson, PhD Student
John is a PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland, who has partially been funded by Froglife since 2020. John’s project seeks to identify the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms behind salt resilience in UK Amphibian species and to better understand the impacts of salt pollution and sea level rise on amphibians. John has previously worked in conservation at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and is particularly interested in evolution and using genetic data to understand species ecology.
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