Staff profiles

Alan Watson Featherstone | Executive Director

Alan Watson Featherstone Founder

Alan is the Founder and Visionary of Trees for Life since 1989, with overall responsibility for the charity and its strategic direction. His work includes a special focus on media and public relations, major donor fundraising and biodiversity research at Dundreggan Conservation Estate. 

Steve Micklewright Chief Executive Officer

Responsible for leading and managing Trees for Life so it continues to be one of the most innovative and dynamic organisations involved in forest restoration and rewilding.

Doug Gilbert | Dundreggan Operations Manager

Doug Gilbert Dundreggan Operations Manager

Doug oversees the management of Dundreggan Conservation Estate. Planning new planting areas, implementing the Estate’s Deer and Forest Management Plans, liaising with visiting experts and contractors, and welcoming conservation volunteers to Dundreggan Lodge are all part of his job.

Alan McDonnell Conservation Projects Manager

Alan is responsible for delivering our programme of major projects. These include all aspects of habitat and species recovery, plus other environmental initiatives, from concept to scoping, feasibility, delivery and review.

Karen Mitchell Relationships Manager

Karen is responsible for our communications and fundraising activity. She aims to ensure that individuals, communities and organisations are inspired to help the wild forest return to the Highlands.

Allan Common | Dundreggan Site Manager

Allan Common Dundreggan Deer Manager

Allan is responsible for managing the deer at Dundreggan Conservation Estate. He also helps with conservation projects, construction and maintenance of buildings and equipment.

Jill Hodge | Dundreggan Project Co-ordinator

Jill Hodge Dundreggan Nursery Manager

Jill manages Dundreggan Tree Nursery. She also helps to organise tree planting and other volunteer tasks at Dundreggan, and meets groups of visitors who come to plant trees and hear about the work of Trees for Life.

Mick Drury | Field Projects Co-ordinator

Mick Drury Field Projects Co-ordinator

Mick is responsible for developing partnership work with landowners and managers in our Core Area. He organises work on the ground and monitors its success, including tasks accomplished through the Conservation Days programme. Mick also carries forward our projects on aspen and mountain woodland.

Jamie Fraser Finance Manager

Jamie is responsible for the financial stewardship of Trees for Life, working across all teams to ensure robust and transparent financial management. He forms part of the senior management team, working to deliver a sustainable growth strategy. Jamie manages the Finance and Administration Team.

Becky Priestley | Wildlife Officer

Becky Priestley Wildlife Officer

Becky manages our wildlife projects. The majority of her time is spent on our red squirrel translocations project - creating new populations of red squirrels across the northwest Highlands but she also works with a number of other species including wild boar, wood ants, beavers and water voles.

Niusia Winczewska | Digital Marketing Officer

Niusia Winczewska Digital Marketing Officer

Niusia manages, plans and implements all aspects of Trees for Life’s digital marketing strategy. This includes engagement across our social media channels and co-ordinating all of our online and print communications, editing web content and monitoring traffic and engagement. 

Jess Greaves | Digital Marketing Assistant

Jess Greaves Digital Marketing Assistant

Jess assists Niusia with Trees for Life's digital marketing strategy. This includes developing social media communication, web content, design and print. 

Craig Dickson | Conservation Week Co-ordinator

Craig Dickson Conservation Week Co-ordinator

Craig is responsible for running our volunteer Conservation Week programme. His role is diverse and covers management of Conservation Week Leaders, maintenance of vehicles and tools, arranging accommodation and supplying food and tools, plus planning work sites, locations and tasks. 

Abbey Goff | Tree Nursery Assistant

Abbey Goff Dundreggan Nursery Supervisor

Abbey is responsible for the daily management of our Dundreggan Tree Nursery. She leads on all aspects of propagation, from sowing seeds through to planting out young trees in beds, and also works with groups on our volunteer Tree Nursery Weeks.

 

Emma Beckinsale  Seasonal Nursery Assistant

Emma assists Abbey in running our Tree Nursery at Dundreggan. She helps with all aspects of nursery work including aspen propagation, seed sowing, planting out young trees and much more! Emma also works with a variety of volunteers on the Nursery, including those that come on our Tree Nursery Weeks
Jo Fanning | Administrator

Jo Fanning Office Co-ordinator

Jo is often the first point of contact for supporters, volunteers and members of the public.  She oversees the general running of the office, including HR and Health & Safety, processes merchandise orders, grove and tree dedications, and liaises with suppliers and corporate partners. 

Janet Barcis | Accounts Administrator

Janet Barcis Accounts Administrator

Janet takes care of all our day-to-day monetary transactions. She also organises our insurance requirements, including the equipment and buildings at our Dundreggan Conservation Estate and the Trees for Life vehicles.

Carol MacDonald | Administration Assistant

Carol MacDonald Office Administrator

Carol provides general admin and support for everyone in the office.  She works alongside Jo in reception, taking calls and greeting visitors, processing orders, corresponding with donors and maintaining our database. Carol is also the first point of contact for all Conservation Week bookings and volunteers on our Conservation Days.   

Tony Henry Long-Term Volunteer Supervisor

Tony's role is a seasonal one; he is responsible for co-ordinating and leading our Long-Term Volunteer programme at Dundreggan. Tony has progressed from a volunteer with Trees for Life, to a leader on our Conservation Weeks, to this new permanent role. 

Sky Willmott | IT Consultant

Sky Willmott I.T. consultant

Sky provides ongoing I.T. support and development of our database and systems used in our office, as well as contributing work to our website. 

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