The purpose of the network is to support women already in conservation leadership and those aspiring to these roles. The network works towards supporting diverse conservation leadership teams that make best use of everyone’s skills to enhance conservation outcomes. We seek to build the confidence of women to lead – both those in the network and those in the wider conservation community. For this to happen, we need to drive cultural change in organisations and recruitment practices.

The network aims to:

  • Be open to all (some events may be women-only meetings – transgender and non-binary welcome)
  • Support women working in biodiversity conservation
  • Support women in, and wanting to move into, leadership positions
  • Inspire people and promote/create role models
  • Provide practical advice on how to approach and plan for all stages of people’s career
  • Be inclusive of everyone’s ideas and aspirations
  • Be self organised and self sustaining
  • Facilitate structural/institutional change as well as personal empowerment
  • Be a collective voice to strengthen ideas and actions that individually might not have traction

Get involved!

There are a number of ways you can get involved with the network:

  • Join the WICL steering group. The committee is drawn from the WICL members, and takes a role in developing the strategy for the network, as well as coordinating activities, mobilising resources, and organising events during the course of the year. The 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!
  • Organise an event or other activity – however formal or informal! You don’t need to be a member of the steering group to take the lead on organising an event or other project on behalf of the network. All the members of the WICL network are welcome to do this! Perhaps you’d like to take a lead on one of the ideas listed above, or you see other opportunities emerging. Please just write us a note to let us know of the event you’d like to organise – we’ll see how we can help, including sharing information about it through the CCF communications platforms. Activities could include:
    • Invited speakers (lecture style). We invite inspiring women to talk about their careers and how got where they are. We can ask them to reflect on certain issues. Our aim is to get gender balance in the audience, raise awareness and promote discussion, as well as inspire. Speakers don’t need to be restricted to conservation – it’s good to get some examples of how leadership /gender equality tackled in other sectors.
    • Informal presentation/discussion and dinner. This could give opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues and building a network of women in conservation. We could ask people to reflect on their careers.
  • Post resources (TED talks, case studies, articles) on our facebook group
  • Help us to get relevant content into the CCF newsletter
  • Research and share good practices in CCF organisations. There are examples already of positive efforts being made to improve gender balance, support flexible working, return from maternity leave, etc.
  • Get some data on the gender balance in senior management / boards of organisations in CCF. How does conservation compare to other sectors – is it really that bad? Information is first step.
  • Talk to your HR staff to understand how gender equality is addressed in practice. How might interview training, for example, be improved? Some organisations have formal staff training on gender equality – does this then translate into equality in recruitment and opportunity?
  • Visits to CCF organisations to discuss and share good practice
  • Mentoring. We’d like to explore setting this up across CCF. We can arrange some group sessions to complement one -to-one, mentoring. We encourage people to put themselves forward as a mentor- there’s always someone less experienced.
  • Arrange a group session to provide peer to peer support
  • Job Shadowing. Could you offer this as a good insight into career development opportunities?
  • Sponsorship – Senior conservationists sponsor women wanting to move into leadership to increase their confidence and capability
  • Coaching – we would like to explore the creation of a leadership coaching programme for women from across the CCF community
  • Funding – we would like to explore the potential for CCF organisations or external organisations to fund specific activities of the network

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.