Who We Are

Carri Nicholson – Save our Squirrel Project Manager

I spent 12 years as an economic development consultant, providing strategic advice and project management in the UK and overseas, specialising in environmental, rural and tourism issues. During this time I worked extensively with a number of organisations in the forestry sector including the Forestry Commission, the Timber Growers Association, and the Forestry and Timber Association. Working with these organisations gave me an introduction to the economic impact of the grey squirrel, red squirrel conservation and the grey-red debate. I then ran my own house search business for 5 years, then moved into University administration for a spell, before being lucky enough to be recruited to the perfect post for me - running Save our Squirrels!

Philippa Mitchell - People & Wildlife Officer, Northumberland

I have been active in conservation and environmental education for over 15 years in Scotland, Dorset and Thailand, the latter being the only place without red squirrels! I am thrilled to be helping to bring the red squirrel into the limelight and encouraging more people to discover all about this fascinating creature.

Mark Wilkinson - Conservation Officer, Northumberland

I have always had a fascination for wildlife and exploring the countryside around me. This helped see me through my MSc in Wildlife Conservation and Management, and kept me motivated during the many months of voluntary work that followed. Red squirrel conservation is a very worthwhile challenge, and I will be doing my best to fight their cause throughout Northumberland.

Charlotte Widgery - People and Wildlife Officer, Cumbria & N Yorks

After doing a marvellous job, Kelley Sproston has moved on, so I have taken up her role. After a stint with the National Trust, I worked as a Countryside Officer in Stoke-on-Trent, both of which gave me a good grounding in conservation and education. I have always loved wildlife and being outdoors and really enjoy sharing this passion with others. I am really pleased to be involved with the SoS project.

Simon O’Hare - Conservation Officer, Cumbria & N Yorks

I studied Animal Conservation Science at the University of Central Lancashire , and completed a dissertation on red squirrel patch use in the Solway Basin area. From then on I was hooked on squirrels! Before I landed this post I was involved in red squirrel conservation, working as a ranger at our Whinfell Forest reserve.

Sally Orritt - People & Wildlife Officer, Sefton

I have been involved in environmental issues since the late 1980s. I have developed my career from volunteering, through environmental project work and education across the region and currently work as a teacher. I am delighted to be able to combine my experiences through the SoS project.

Christine Westerback – Save our Squirrels Information & Support Officer

Although my background has not been in conservation; my passion for wildlife more than compensates. Working for many years with horses I eventually moved to administration & customer service. Being part of the SOS team allows me to combine both my work and my love of the British countryside I feel very privileged to be part of this exciting project.

Fiona Whitfield - Conservation Officer, Sefton

I have worked in red squirrel conservation for five years and am currently employed by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside as a Conservation Officer. My geographical area covers North Merseyside and West Lancashire and includes the Sefton Coast National Red Squirrel Refuge. I look forward to working in partnership with the Save Our Squirrels Project.