Meet our new Team Members

Alex McKay

We have a few new faces we wanted to introduce to you and welcome to our expanding team!

Natalie Sharp joined us as Projects Administrator in November 2021. Natalie graduated in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Education Studies. Since graduating she has worked across a range of organisations in different roles before following a career path working on projects, improving processes and procedures. During this time she has volunteered for various conservation charities across different counties on projects and wildlife surveys, as well as qualifying as a field guide in South Africa. When not at work she enjoys spending time outside with her husband and daughter either at the coast or enjoying the local countryside.

Leah Farrer also joined us in November on a Work Industry Placement. Leah grew up in Canada, surrounded by vast expanses of trees, water and wildlife: lakeside activities and camping in remote woods form part of her DNA. A career change from Nursing saw her recently graduate from the Open University with a BSc (hons) in Geography and Environmental Science as a mature student. She is keen to gain practical skills in habitat management and river restoration whilst pursuing her wider interests in the research and monitoring aspects of conservation. She is starting with the Wessex Rivers Trust in order to ‘dip her toe’ into the wonderful world of nature conservation within our rivers.

Alex McKay joined us as our new Communications and Events Officer. After graduating with an MA in English Literature Alex began a career in the Royal Air Force. Following her service she moved to New Zealand and utilised her organisational and communications skills by joining Antarctica New Zealand; working within their communications team in both Antarctica and New Zealand to engage the public with the research conducted by Antarctic Scientists. After returning to the UK, Alex is now focussed on communicating the work of Wessex Rivers Trust and the importance of its mission in caring for our precious river environment.

We are looking forward to working with these fantastic new recruits and we are so excited to see our team and their capabilities growing.