Meet the staff
Sarah has recently joined the Partnership in August 2021, taking over from Susannah Bleakley. Originally from Stockport, Sarah was previously the CEO of the Wildlife Trust on the Isles of Scilly for the past 8 years. Sarah has worked primarily in nature conservation over the past 23 years having lived all over the UK and in Spain, and was drawn to the Bay by its unique sense of place.
Team Leader, Communities and Volunteering
Yorkshire-born Michelle spent 15 years as a curator and manager at a number of museums in Cumbria and north Lancashire before joining the Partnership in 2014. With a background in maritime collections, oral history, exhibitions, schools initiatives, community projects and events, she is passionate about working in collaboration with local communities, organisations and volunteers to create meaningful engagement with heritage, nature and the Morecambe Bay landscape. Twitter: @MBP_Projects
LOVEmyBEACH Coordinator - Cumbria
Originally from Cumbria, Anya has worked for the RSPB and the National Trust in the Lake District, as well as undertaken partnership projects with Forestry England and Lake District National Park. She has a background in marketing and sales, as well as large event management and community engagement. She is a keen birdwatcher and environmentalist who can’t wait to inspire people to look after the natural world.
Nature and Wildlife Officer
Originally from Lancashire, Amy is passionate about celebrating and protecting UK wildlife, especially the species and spectacles that can be found right on our doorsteps. Her natural habitat is on the shores of the Bay or the fells of the Lake District, always with a pair of binoculars in hand. In her role at Morecambe Bay Partnership she champions the iconic wading birds of the Bay; protecting their nesting and roosting sites, and sharing the stories of their migrations.
Coastal Communities Delivery Officer
Originally from Lancashire, Claire completed a Sport and Exercise Science degree at university and began a career Sports Coaching in Primary schools. After moving to the Lake District in 2014, she worked in the outdoor industry delivering exhilarating experiences for families at Go Ape. She moved on to the National Trust where she increased visitor participation in sport and physical activity through the development of clubs and outdoor festivals. Claire is passionate about getting people active and enjoying the outdoors as a family, and experiencing the beauty and wildlife that Morecambe Bay has to offer.
Coastal Communities Marketing and Operations Officer
Jo joined the Coastal Communities Team after 19 years as a Marketing Manager for the National Trust Holidays team in the Lake District. The role gave her lots of experience in operational business delivery in the tourism sector as well as PR and communications for nature conservation. Jo also worked as Assistant Tourism Officer at South Lakeland District Council coordinating tourism initiatives to promote South Lakeland. Jo loves getting out on her bike around the Bay, walking, singing and canoeing and has a particular interest in creating opportunities for well-being in the outdoors.
Coastal Communities Team Officer
Richard joined us in February 2018. He has significant practical expertise in youth and community engagement, volunteering, regeneration and access. It's great to have him on our team as he's terrific at innovative partnerships, and knows about everything from car repair to arts and design, from landownership issues to local government procurement.
Archaeology and Heritage Officer
Originally from Yorkshire, Claire joined us in 2020 having spent six years as a community archaeologist in Norfolk. She has a passion for sharing the stories of past people and helping others to explore their heritage. She has a background in organising volunteer training and research projects with a particular interest in hunter-gatherer archaeology.
Claire loves all kinds of outdoor adventures and is happiest when covered in mud.
Operations Officer (Maternity Cover)
From Lancashire, Teresa joined us in 2021, with a background in museums, art and design and experience in creatively-led, independent business. Teresa loves wildlife, art, drawing and exploring the Bay's beautiful landscapes by foot or by bike. Teresa is happiest when painting or wildlife-spotting.
Operations Officer - currently on maternity leave
Sophie is passionate about making our heritage accessible for everyone. She joined us in Oct 2012 with an MA in Heritage Management. With a background in heritage marketing, events & project management, she previously worked for the Council for British Archaeology, English Heritage and the Wordsworth Trust. Sophie enjoys spending her free time exploring the lesser known places around Morecambe Bay and the Lakes.
Meet the Trustees
Dr Tom Burditt
Chair of Trustees
Tom is our Chair and is Chief Executive Officer for Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Tom has worked in land management, built and natural heritage throughout his career. Previously a General Manager for the National Trust in the Lake District, he has lived in Silverdale for just over 10 years with his family, and is a Scout Leader there. He particularly loves music, nature and being active outdoors.
Vice Chair & Trustee
Kerry is our Vice Chair. She is Director of Communications and Resources at the Lake District National Park Authority, and is on the Executive Board of Cumbria Tourism. She leads on visitor services for the National Park and has a background in finance and leading organisational change. The most rewarding aspect of her role is providing opportunities for people to enjoy the natural environment. Kerry was born and bred on Walney and loves the landscape of the Bay.
Richard is a former Director of Development at Cumbria Tourism. Prior to that Assistant Director of Development at South Lakeland District Council. Lives in Caton and is a keen cyclist.
Bill is our hugely knowledgable fount of all knowledge on Morecambe Bay's past. Bill is Vice-president of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Bill graduated at Lancaster University with a PhD in 2009.
Emma runs her own Heritage and Culture consultancy business https://www.emmaparsonsconsulting.com/ working with organisations across the UK. She was previously Co-Director of Loud in Libraries and Head of Marketing & PR at Imperial War Museum North. She lives in Warton and is a keen Bay walker.
George is a cultural leader, social historian and museum professional with a long-standing commitment to meaningful engagement between museums and their publics.
Zephie is Communications & Engagement Manager at Keep Britain Tidy and works closely with us on the LoveMyBeach scheme.
Mike is Managing Director at Treetop Trek Ltd based in Windermere. He has 25 years experience in the tourism sector and sits on the board of Cumbria Tourism and represents Business on the Lake District National Park partnership. Mike has a lifelong love and passion for the Morecambe Bay area, is an avid outdoor enthusiast and lives in Sandside.
Amanda is Finance Business Partner with the National Trust and brings with her a wealth of experience from the corporate and justice sector. Previously, Amanda was Head of Finance and latterly, Head of Corporate Services within the Prison Service.
Mark is Head of Recreation and Communications (North England) at Forestry England, having previously worked in tourism development, transport and countryside access roles across England’s National Parks. Mark grew up on the Furness peninsula and is passionate about developing authentic visitor experiences which ensure the benefits of tourism are shared with local communities.