Meet the team
Manx Wildlife Trust is run by a small group of dedicated staff. It is lucky to be supported by a large number of volunteers who help with events, running the shop and carrying out practical tasks on the reserves.
Leigh Morris - Chief Executive Officer
Leigh joined MWT in January 2020 and has a background in horticulture, education and biodiversity conservation. His previous senior roles include Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, and the National Land Based College. Leigh is a Past-President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and is a current Trustee of the UK Marine Conservation Society. Immediately prior to joining MWT, Leigh spent two years on St Helena island, in the South Atlantic Ocean, developing marine and terrestrial conservation, waste management and agricultural skills. Leigh holds a MSc in International Horticulture and is a qualified adult teacher.
Tricia Sayle - Reserves Officer
Following many years as a volunteer, Tricia became Reserves Officer in 1998. She was born and brought up in the Isle of Man on a small farm/market garden. It was from this background and through joining various local conservation volunteer groups across, that Tricia’s interest in land management for nature conservation grew. She returned to the Island in 1991 to undertake a Phase 1 habitat survey and spent the next several years completing this as well as a Phase 2 survey. During this time, Tricia regularly attended the Thursday volunteer’s group which became the “Midweek Muckers” which she now manages.
Andree Dubbeldamn - Wildflowers of Mann and Conservation Officer
Born and raised in Sussex, Andree joined MWT in 2002 as ‘Wildflowers of Mann Project Manager’. His work for MWT has included leading a survey of the Island’s flora, launching the Ramsey Forest Project, working in the ‘Wildlife Sites’ project and helping landowners create new woodlands, wetlands, meadows and other habitats across the Island. He is currently working on the forthcoming ‘Action for wildlife’ initiative. Andree also works as a part-time lecturer at the Isle of Man College, where he teaches courses in the land-based sector.
Dr Lara Howe - Marine Officer
Lara joined MWT in 2014. She studied marine biology at Liverpool University, based at the marine lab in Port Erin. She then went on to complete her PhD there in marine habitat and species impact and recovery. Lara then spent 5 years working for Cefas (Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) as a Marine Environmental Impact Assessor providing scientific advice to DEFRA and later the MMO (Marine Management Organisation) on marine developments. She is a keen diver, active in the local Seasearch group and a member of IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology) since 2008. IMarEST is the first institute to bring together marine scientists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. Lara is also a a chartered scientist and a chartered marine scientist at member level within the group.
Dawn Dickens - Biodiversity and Education Officer
Dawn joined MWT in 2014 as Education Officer. As a qualified teacher, she has had over 25 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools, during which she has run nature and geology clubs. She was also involved in teaching science and worked on a project promoting the acquisition of science skills in children which then fed into the Primary Science Curriculum. Dawn has worked for the Field Studies Council, and completed courses for mollusc identification and mammal tracking and trapping techniques. Dawn oversees the education work of MWT giving presentations, field work for both pupils and adults, she runs MWT’s Wildlife Watch events, plus various citizen science schemes.
Charlotte Pointon - Accounts Manager
Charlotte joined MWT in 2017, as a Certified Accounting Technician, having previously worked within the corporate sector both in Isle of Man and Jersey. Charlotte cares greatly about the environment and loves being able to use her accounting skills to help Manx wildlife for the future.
Graham Makepeace-Warne - Marketing and Membership Manager
After a 20-year career in Manchester, culminating as Project Director for a prominent marketing agency, Graham moved to the Isle of Man to join MWT at the start of 2018. With a strong interest in wildlife and ecology, Graham has previously volunteered on conservation projects like the tracking and recording wolves in Lower Saxony, Germany. He looks after our members and manages all our communications, marketing and PR. As our Campaign Manager, he can often be seen or heard talking about everything from plastics to a #WilderFuture. Graham is a keen photographer and also runs a small video production company.
Sarah Hickey - Mires and Volunteering Officer
Sarah joined MWT in September 2019, having volunteered for a couple of years, and has a background in research in the natural environment and outdoor and environmental education. She has a range of outdoor qualifications and has led expeditions to places such as South Georgia, the Falklands, Patagonia and Norway. Her outdoor education roles have enabled her to introduce many young people to the beauty and importance of the natural world, in terms of both wellbeing and conservation. Sarah studied peat cores for both her undergraduate dissertation and Master’s thesis and is now involved in surveying the Island’s peat, as well as developing volunteering within MWT.
Adam Denard - Consultant Ecologist
Adam began working as a consultant Ecologist for MWT in 2016; although he started out as a volunteer on our reserves back in 1999 before heading off to university where he studied Conservation and Land Management (BSc (Hons) First Class and Higher National Diploma). During that time, he was a field assistant in the boreal forests of Northern Finland and back in the UK with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of University of Oxford. He has worked professionally as an Ecologist since 2003 with a focus on impact assessment of protected habitats and species (particularly higher plants, birds, bats, reptiles and amphibians). He holds protected species survey licenses for all species of bat, common lizard, common frog, barn owl and dark bush-cricket.
Rachael Harrop - Communications Coordinator
Rachael Joined MWT in March 2020 as our Communications Coordinator, having recently completed her MSc(Hons) in Environmental Science through the Open University. She has ties into the farming and equine communities, having worked on a dairy and sheep farm and now for Willingheart Wool where she shepherds a flock of rare breed Teeswater, and UK native Shropshire sheep, for wool and as conservation grazers at Patrick Community Orchard. Throughout school, Rachael was a member of the Eco Committee and was involved in numerous different environmental projects from planting Manx native trees to speaking at the United Nations Climate Change Conference about all the different schemes being implemented at the school.
Staff can also be contacted by phone: (01624) 844432
MWT's Council of Trustees is elected by the members, at our Annual General Meeting, for a term of three years. These are the people who are responsible for the control and management of the administration of the charity. Their role is to support MWT staff, set policy matters, oversee the financial status of the charity and to promote the charity objectives.
A number of sub-committees oversee major areas of MWT work: education, finance , fundraising and development and research.
Manx Wildlife Trust’s Annual General Meeting held each May or June and all members are welcome to attend. We encourage our members to stand for Council too. If you could dedicate some time, perhaps you have an expertise which could be helpful to us, then please contact us for more information.
Directors of MWT Council
- Chair - Viv Davies
- Secretary - Sally Bolton
- Treasurer - Paul Seaward
Committee Chairs and Council Members
- Kim Etherton - Member & Chair Marketing
- Paul Seaward - Member & Chair Finance
- Viv Davies - Member & Chair Strategic Development & Research
- Andrew Johnston – Member
- Simon Cain – Member
- Roger Pullin – Member
- Sally Bolton – Member
Janette Gledhill - Chair Marine
- Rachel Glover – Member
- Paul Crocker - Member
- Shop Manager - Rachel Hartnoll
- Chairman - Viv Davies
- Company Secretary - Clare Bryan