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 January 2021 we have over 700 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: Fariza Adilbekova, Florencia Chiapero, Victoria Price, Christina Meister, Bryony Morgan (Co-Chair), Kit Stoner, Rosie Trevelyan (Co-Chair).

Our activities

Our activities include network meetings which alternate between socials (with invited speakers), and training events. Previous examples include a public speaking workshop held in February 2019, a workshop on “Creating a Coaching Culture” in February 2020, and a social focused on job shares and flexible working. Our programme on institutional change has included 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 (or remotely), 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  

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.

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.

Student representatives from the CCI MPhil in Conservation Leadership

Fariza Adilbekova, Florencia Chiapero and Christina Meister are all current MPhil in Conservation Leadership students at the University of Cambridge, who will be joining the WICL committee during the academic year 2021/22. Learn more about them here.