Meet the Team
- Olivia French – Communications and Engagement Officer
Olivia loves nature and feels very fortunate to be able to have such a beautiful setting to call her ‘office’.
Whether its local schools, community groups or dog walkers, she’s keen to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of the heath with people of all ages.
With a past in education, she is passionate about nature being a learning space for all and sharing stories from the heath via social media and at events such as the Secrets of the Heath.
If you see her, do stop for a chat, and as a dog owner she’s always got spare dog poo bags to hand!
- Elinor Newman – Assistant Engagement Ranger
Elinor has been learning about, and loving, the various heathland sites for several years, as well as discovering those in her local area more recently during lockdown.
There are some really special species that rely on heathland habitats, and encountering and photographing them, especially the invertebrates, is one of her favourite activities.
She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm through social media and virtual spaces, and face-to-face when we can.
Why not stop and ask her about her favourite heathland friends?
- Emma Stanbury – Project Officer
Emma has spent the last 5 years working on the Heathlands Reunited Project.
Getting to know the diverse heathland sites of the National Park and engaging communities with their local heaths through events and activities has been a dream job.
With a background in community-led conservation and project work, Emma is excited to be supporting the Wealden Heath SAMM project and looks forward to inspiring people to protect and enjoy this precious habitat on their doorsteps.
- Joely Collyer – Business Administrator Apprentice
Joely joined the Heathlands Reunited team in December 2020, and has loved learning more about the project and the different ways to engage communities and encourage them to care about their local heathland sites.
When not at work, Joely enjoys getting out on her local heaths and observing all of the different species that co-exist there, from fungi to birds.
She is most looking forward to learning as much as possible whilst working with an amazing team, in an incredible role.
- Colin Carré – Team Leader
Colin brings his knowledge of project management to the team and his experience of delivering public focused environmental engagement initiatives.
The most recent of which has been as part of the Heathlands Reunited Partnership which has provided the foundation for this exciting opportunity for us to continue to support the responsible use of this valued and protected landscape.