International Women’s Day 2020 – Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post for International Women’s Day, about the women who work for BFT. It seems only fair, that I also take this opportunity to introduce the men who work for BFT.

Charles, our Chief Executive, studied History at Glasgow University.  Charles previously worked for Woodland Trust Scotland in Public Affairs Management.  Charles has joined BFT at a time when we are aiming to raise our profile in the wider community.  With a background in Public Affairs, Charles is has a wealth of skills he can turn towards doing this.

Andy has worked for BFT for 3 years as our Site Officer.  He works with volunteers and contractors to manage our main sites in the Wild Heart. Andy has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and years of experience of tree planting and habitat restoration.  As well as this Andy has experience and knowledge in ecology, geomorphology, land management and environmental issues.

Adrian is our Volunteer Coordinator.  This post was introduced last year to manage our increasing numbers of volunteers and to assist Andy with “days on the hill”.  Adrian has previously worked as a nurse in mental health.  This showed him the benefits of being outdoors, and his interest in the environment led him to our volunteer days and from that to working with us.  Adrian is a lifelong hill walker and wildlife enthusiast, both of which have given him knowledge and experiences that he can pass on to volunteers to enrich their time on the hill.

As well as our current staff, there are many other men involved with BFT and have been since the very beginning, nearly a quarter of a century ago.  In addition to this, there are volunteers who turn up week after week (world pandemic not withstanding), through rain and shine, and our members old and new. 

“International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.”