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Richard Dixon

Richard has a BSc and PhD in Astrophysics, and an MSc in Energy Systems and Environment Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Before joining Friends of the Earth Scotland, he led WWF Scotland for 7 years, working on energy, climate, transport and consumption issues. Prior to this he worked for Community Service Volunteers and Strathclyde Regional Council, and was previously Head of Research at Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Omolara Plang

Omolara is the Managing Partner of TruPact, a consulting firm focused on Social Impact Assessment. Prior to starting TruPact, Omolara was involved in the implementation and evaluation of projects and policies in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. She has helped organizations develop contextual strategies for evaluating and managing both long-term and short-term impacts.

Omolara is passionate about bottom-up impact evaluation and management. She has worked with a number of organizations within the commercial and development sectors to develop strategies for effectively identifying and sustaining their contributions to broader positive social value.

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Martin Houghton-Brown

Martin Houghton-Brown is the Chief Executive of St John Ambulance. Martin has previously held leadership roles at The Children’s Society, Missing People and Depaul UK, where he was CEO, as well as the chairing the National Council of YMCAs in England and Wales.

Rob Stoneman

Rob started his conservation career reconstructing climate change over the last few thousand years from records contained within peat bogs. After completing his PhD – and horrified by the destruction of precious peatland systems – he worked for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, running a European LIFE project to develop a conservation strategy for Scotland’s lowland raised bogs. After this, Rob worked in a variety of senior positions within the British Wildlife Trusts, as Chief Executives of Sheffield and Hampshire Wildlife Trusts, a stint as Director of Conservation with the Royal Society for Nature Conservation and latterly 13 years as Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Rob’s 26-year career with The Wildlife Trusts spanned all conservation disciplines – marine, river, upland, grassland, heathland, woodland and urban wildlife conservation. He has always maintained a deep interest in peatland conservation, travelling the globe to research and advocate for peatland restoration. In 2009 Rob set up the IUCN-UK Peatland Programme, which has spearheaded the restoration of Britain’s peatlands.

Rob has travelled extensively and loves to watch birds, go walking and cycling in wild countryside, and meet different people. He holds a passionate belief that a wilder Europe would allow us to resolve some of our most pressing issues – from climate change to ecosystem collapse – and create a new prosperity for a rapidly changing continent. Rob started at Rewilding Europe on May 1, 2019 with huge enthusiasm to scale up rewilding in northern and central Europe.

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