Currently chair of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust and with a long and varied career in the environmental sector, Liz has held senior operational and strategy positions most recently with Natural England, of which she was one of the founding Directors. She retired from Natural England in 2023, but remains connected to the sector through her voluntary roles. While with Natural England she led Natural England’s input to the Defra 25 Year Environment plan and the renewal of NE’s own conservation strategy, C21.
With strong roots in the North of England she has led national operational teams and area teams from the West Midlands northwards and has experience of working across a broad range of issues within the environmental sector, from strengthening rural economies to bringing about nature recovery across the North. She was a key player in the partnership that set up the Nature North initiative, now working across the north of England to bring about nature recovery and gain investment in the natural environment for nature and people.
Before joining Natural England she held senior roles with the Countryside Agency/ Commission. She has degree in Environmental Sciences and in her early career worked as an applied ecologist within local authorities.
Always happier in the great outdoors, she also coaches rowing at Warrington Rowing Club and keeps fit by cycling and walking.