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 an MSc in International Horticulture and is a qualified adult teacher.
Tricia Sayle - Conservation Officer (Nature Reserves)
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 volunteers' group which became the “Midweek Muckers” which she now manages.
Andree Dubbeldam - Conservation Officer (Wildflowers of Mann)
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 - Conservation Officer (Marine)
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.
In January 2021, MWT became the Seasearch coordinators with the Marine Conservation Society (MSC) for the Isle of Man, with Lara heading the project.
Seasearch is a MCS project that encourages volunteer scuba divers and snorkellers to record and report the species and habitats they see whilst they are out enjoying the marine environment.
Dawn Colley - Biodiversity & 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 time 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 and organising and conducting field work for both pupils and adults; she also runs MWT’s Wildlife Watch events in addition to various citizen science schemes.
Aron Sapsford - Bird Warden (Calf of Man)
Ornithology has always been a great passion of Aron’s and during the mid-1980's, at the age of 18, he achieved his ‘A’ class British Trust for Ornithology ringing licence whilst working as an Assistant Warden at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory in Kent. Aron has a long-standing association with the Calf of Man, having originally been employed as Assistant Warden in 1988 and returning as Warden in 1989 & 1990. Having met his wife on the Isle of Man during the early 1990’s, he was involved with several local bird studies, working for the Manx Chough Project and then as a co-founder and Scientific Officer for the charity Manx Bird Atlas.
Following a move back to the UK in 2001 for family reasons, he re-trained as a Driving Instructor and later worked as a Business Manager for a national driving school, however the Calf and the Isle of Man’s magical draw was always there and having maintained links with the Island, Aron returned to the Calf of Man and has been the Ornithological Warden since 2017.
Charlotte Pointon - Accounts Coordinator
Charlotte joined MWT in 2017, as a Certified Accounting Technician, having previously worked within the corporate sector both in the 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 - Engagement 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 of 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 - Conservation Officer (Manx Mires)
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 well-being 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. However, 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 he also worked 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.
Daniel Woollard - Estate Warden, Calf of Man
Originally from Essex, from a young age Daniel has had a keen interest in birds and conservation which has brought him here to the Calf of Man as the Estate Warden. Following two years in Writtle College studying Countryside Management, he went into volunteering at various RSPB reserves working within the estate team before becoming the Little Tern Warden at Spurn Bird Observatory. He first joined the Calf of Man as the Assistant Warden in 2018 becoming the Estate Warden in 2019 and 2020.
Rachael Harrop - Communications Officer and Masters Intern
Rachael joined MWT in March 2020 as our Communications Coordinator, having recently completed her BSc(Hons) in Environmental Science through the Open University. She has ties to 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 sheep for their 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.
Rachael has now embarked on her MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation with Edinburgh Napier University as MWT's student intern, alongside her current communications role.
Robert Fisher - Assistant Estate Warden, Calf of Man
Robert joined MWT for the 2020 season as the Assistant Estate Warden on the Calf of Man. Originally from York, in 2015 he went to live in the Mojave desert in the US. Returning to the UK in 2018, he worked for the RSPB as a Membership Development/Visitor Experience Officer at South Stack on Anglesey.
He’s an avid birder and keen all-round naturalist, very rarely seen without his binoculars. Other hobbies include, DIY, SCUBA diving, camping, hiking, cooking and photography.
Mollie Kirk - Volunteer Assistant Warden, Calf of Man
Mollie is joining the MWT for the 2021 season as the Volunteer Assistant Warden on the Calf of Man. After leaving the Island to complete a BSc in Marine Biology and Zoology at Bangor University, she gained a passion for practical conservation. She then volunteered for various conservation charities in North Wales such as the Snowdonia Society and the North Wales Wildlife Trust before working as an assistant warden for Conwy Council in 2019. She then joined the Calf of man team for the Grey Seal Survey in 2020 and was inspired to come back and volunteer for the 2021 season.
David Bellamy – Agri-Environment Officer
Born and raised on the Island, David joined MWT in April 2021 in the new role of Agri-Environment Officer and as a consultant avian ecologist. David studied Ecological Science & Conservation Management at the University of Edinburgh and has since gained a wealth of practical land management experience on the MWT nature reserve estate across the Isle of Man.
David’s role is to provide advice to Manx farmers on the ins-and-outs of the Agri-Environment Scheme process, the specific initiatives themselves, and farm-specific advice on implementing nature-friendly farming whilst ensuring the continued financial sustainability for the sector.
Clare Rogerson - Marine Intern
Clare joined Manx Wildlife Trust in August 2021, within the Marine & Freshwater Conservation team.
Originally from the Wirral, England, Clare relocated to the Isle of Man in 2002, following completion of a BSc Zoology honours with the University of Liverpool.
Clare has spent the last ten years working as a Marine Ecologist in Port Erin, but prior to moving to the Island, she was employed at Knowsley Safari Park and the Blue Planet Aquarium.
Clare is a keen scuba diver. a passionate artist, and an advocate of art for conservation.
Clare has a certificate in Education & Training and has formerly worked as a lecturer in Photography at the University College Isle of Man. She enjoys combining her photography with her love of wildlife and natural history.
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 is 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 - Simon Cain
- Treasurer - Paul Seaward
- Kim Etherton
- Roger Pullin
- Sally Bolton
- Rachel Glover
- Paul Crocker
- Shop Buyer - Annsley Plowman
- Chair - Viv Davies
- Company Secretary - Clare Bryan