Women in Conservation Leadership

Working for gender equality in conservation

Our aims
The ‘Women in Conservation Leadership Network’ (WICL) aims to support women in conservation leadership as well as those aspiring to these roles. Our two main focus areas are institutional change and personal empowerment.
We recognise that despite many talented women entering conservation, they are still under-represented in senior roles and their voices are not always heard.
Yet there is a growing recognition that greater diversity in groups leads to more positive and enduring outcomes across many different fields. By achieving gender equality and representation of women in conservation leadership we will ultimately have a greater conservation impact.
Although our initial focus has been the Cambridge-based conservation community we aim to inspire and provide resources globally.

How we work
The network is a CCF group, established by decision of the CCF council. As of March 2019 we have over 500 members. We use CCF communications channels and maintain a dedicated mailing list. We aim to be inclusive of everyone’s ideas and aspirations, and membership is open to all. We hope to provide a collective voice to strengthen ideas and actions that individually might not have traction.
The network is led by a steering group drawn from its members, which takes a role in developing the network’s strategy as well as coordinating activities, mobilising resources, and organising events. The current steering group members are: Helen Anthem, Prerna Bindra, Salisha Chandra, Catriona Corfield, Mercy Kariuku, Victoria Price (Communications lead), Bryony Morgan (Co-Chair), Kit Stoner, Rosie Trevelyan (Co-Chair) and Alice Ward-Francis (Secretary- currently on maternity leave).

Our activities
In 2019, our activities include network meetings which alternate between socials (with invited speakers), and training events. The first of these events has already taken place, with a public speaking workshop held in February 2019. We are also kick-starting our programme on institutional change, with an initial focus on promoting gender equality in conference panels, workshops, committees and boards. A tip sheet on conferences and panels was launched on International Women’s Day 2019, in line with the event theme “Better for Balance”. We are also encouraging people to sign a pledge to commit not to participate on male-only panels.

Please sign up to our newsletter for information on upcoming events, and see our Strategy 2019 (download below) for more details of our current plans. We have also compiled the excellent ideas put forward during the creation of the network, and aim to implement as many of these as possible over time.

We seek funding and partnerships to develop and expand our activities – please contact us if you are able to help.

Getting involved
To become a member, please subscribe to our mailing list through the link below. We welcome your involvement – however formal or informal. You don’t need to be a member of the steering group to take the lead on organising events or projects on behalf of the network. Please just get in touch to let us know more – we’ll see how we can help, including with promotion. You can also join our Facebook group to meet other WICL members, and get the dialogue started.

The steering group meets quarterly in the David Attenborough Building, and is open to people of all genders, and all career stages. We send out periodic calls for new members – look out for these, or send us an email to ask about getting involved. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact us

email: women.leadership@cambridgeconservationforum.org.uk
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Meet the WICL Committee

Rosie Trevelyan  Co-chair

Rosie is director of the Tropical Biology Association, and has developed a programme of practical training combined with follow-up support that is building careers of conservation scientists and professionals from around the world. She is particularly interested in the role of capacity building as a tool for conservation.

Bryony Morgan  Co-chair

Bryony is a programme officer with TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, focusing on the trade in medicinal and aromatic plants. In this role she also acts as executive officer of the FairWild Foundation Secretariat, a standard-setting initiative supported by TRAFFIC.

Victoria Price  Communications lead

Victoria has worked in conservation for over 10-years and joined the WICL steering committee in 2017 while working for Fauna & Flora International. In 2018, Victoria founded Vision Wild, an organisation which supports charities and land managers to design, manage and evaluate conservation projects. Victoria is also a trustee of the Osprey Leadership Foundation, a charity supporting young leaders along the osprey’s flyway.

Helen Anthem

Helen Anthem is Senior Technical Adviser – Gender, Livelihoods and Governance in Fauna & Flora International’s Conservation, Livelihoods and Governance team. Helen provides advice and support to FFI and partner organisation staff on addressing a range of livelihoods and governance issues, and is leading on developing FFI’s organisational approach to gender. She is particularly interested in participatory approaches within conservation, including a consideration of gender and empowerment. Prior to joining FFI Helen worked in the development sector for over 12 years. Helen has been on the steering committee of the WICL network since 2018.

Prerna Bindra

Prerna is a wildlife conservationist, writer, communications and policy strategist, with a primary focus on conservation of wildlife habitats. She was formerly a member of India’s National Board for Wildlife. She has authored The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis, and co-edited Wild Treasures, an anthology on Natural World Heritage Sites of Asia, released in 2019.

She is alumna of M.Phil in Conservation Leadership, University of Cambridge.

Salisha Chandra

Salisha is currently studying for the MPhil in Conservation Leadership at UCCRI. Having been born and raised in Kenya, she has always held a deep respect for the environment and a passion for both cultural and ecological conservation. Today, she is a rebel with too many causes – an activist, a conservationist and an adventurer – who is dedicated to finding long-term sustainable solutions to help people coexist with wildlife while engaging the conservationist within each and every one of us. ICurrently the Director of Strategy and Knowledge Management at Lion Guardians, founding member and Managing Director of KUAPO Trust, Strategic Advisor to Global March for Elephants and Rhinos and a board member of Local Ocean Conservation.

Catriona Corfield

Nature has always been my passion, but I recognised pretty early on that the conservation sector wasn’t as equal and diverse as it needs to be. As well as a BSC in Ecology I have a CIPD Level 6 qualification in Leading Equality and Diversity and Managing Organisational Culture and my current job role is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the RSPB.

Mercy Kariuki

Mercy is a current MPhil in Conservation Leadership student at the University of Cambridge. She is a conservationist with a focus on community involvement in conservation. She previously worked with BirdLife International as a regional coordinator of the Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme, Africa office.

Kit Stoner

Kit Stoner is Chief Executive of the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT). Her previous roles at BCT have included operations, helpline and training. She is currently a trustee of the Environmental Investigations Agency and BatLife Europe.