Welcome to Eithne – our new Regional Development Officer
It is exciting when new people join the team and we are delighted to welcome Eithne Tynan, who has hit the ground running in the role of Regional Development Officer. Read on to find out more about her!
Eithne says: “As Regional Development Officer for the Southeast, my main role is to identify, find and secure funding opportunities for the Woodland Trust estate and outreach efforts in the region. The best part of this role so far is getting out there to see first-hand what is happening at the different sites and talk and learn from the staff and volunteers who have the best local knowledge and always provide interesting perspectives, as well as great chit-chat!
My environmental career started in the oceans, and I worked as a researcher in the Arctic for several years, which was great, chilly fun! After deciding I wanted to broaden my horizons, I worked as an editor in scientific publishing in all things Earth related, from environmental physics to climate mitigation to sustainability. With the communications skills and environmental knowledge I gained there, I decided what I really wanted to do was support conservation charities obtain funding through grants and donations, something I felt could have a big impact on our planet and society. This first took me to warmer climates in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, as a Grants Manager for the Charles Darwin Foundation, before returning to the UK to join the Woodland Trust.
Having lived in Galapagos for three years, while it’s hard to beat all the wildlife encounters there, closer to home I love the resident Kingfisher we have in our local park! Thinking of trees, my favourites without a doubt are beech trees. I have great memories of walking around wonderful, ancient beech forests in the Basque Country where I grew up, so these trees hold a very special place in my heart. You can see why in this photo!
Thank you, Eithne. What great experience you bring and we hope to see you in a woodland near us soon!
Words: Eithne Tynan, Regional Development Officer (SE) and Anna Claxton, Volunteer Development Officer (SE)
Picture: Eithne Tynan