& Chair of Trustees
Jan knows the exact moment she became a wildlife campaigner, one morning in June 2014 when she intervened to stop dozens of swifts being killed during the demolition of their nesting site. She can trace a love of them back to childhood, along with countless other species, particularly frogs, newts, skylarks and woodlice. A tawny owl made out of an old sock was one of her finest achievements as a Brownie.
Her first degree was in Geography and she joined a corporate communications firm straight out of university and has spent most of her business career in technology marketing communications. In 2012 she graduated with a first in Psychology and trained as a specialist in resilience. She still serves on the boards of two businesses she helped to found.
Her work with wildlife has been local and very practical. She founded a swift group which has the world record for the most swift boxes installed in under a year; she was a co-founder of Wild Maidenhead and leads the group's Wild About Gardens scheme; and she project managed the largest installation of amphibian rescue ladders in England. Nature is what makes her heart sing, she says.
Hannah is an experienced biological scientist taking practical action to help nature’s recovery. She brings to Heal experience of habitat management, river restoration, volunteer management and community engagement. She previously worked for several environmental charities, several private sector organisations and for the civil service (Natural England). In 2019, she founded a vibrant volunteer group, Wild About Datchet, to help her local community connect with nature.
Hannah's interest in rewilding stemmed from her passion for animal welfare - she felt that the most effective way she could help animals in Britain was to create more places where wildlife could live safely. She believes that rewilding is the most sustainable way to heal our ecosystems and mitigate climate change. She cares deeply about diversity and inclusion, and is committed to making Heal's rewilding spaces accessible and welcoming to everyone.