Staff

Meet the team

Essex Wildlife Trust has around 150 permanent employees, split between our main offices (Abbotts Hall Farm outside Colchester), our eleven visitor centres and working across the region on nature reserves and other landholdings. 

The senior management team are responsible for both the strategic and operational running of the Trust. Find out more about each member of the team below.

Chief Executive: Andrew Impey

Chief Executive: Andrew Impey
Telephone: 01621 862960
Email: PAtoCEO@essexwt.org.uk

Head of People Support: Michelle Harrison

Head of People Support: Michelle Harrison

Telephone: 01621 862950
Email: michelleh@essexwt.org.uk

Michelle joined EWT in 2016 after 20 years working in the charitable and not-for-profit sector in both a management and HR capacity. She oversees the People Support Team which consists of Volunteering, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Learning and Development and Safeguarding. Alongside being qualified as a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Michelle also studied Global Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Leicester and is really excited she has had the chance to combine her professional skills and her conservation passion to support the people at EWT to work to protect wildlife across her home county of Essex.  

If you have a query for Michelle or her team please email:

Volunteering:  volunteering@essexwt.org.uk
HR:  jobs@essexwt.org.uk
Safeguarding:  safeguarding@essexwt.org.uk
Heath & Safety:  healthandsafety@essexwt.org.uk

Lisa Smart - Head of Visitor and Commercial Operations

Head of Visitor and Commercial Operations: Lisa Smart
Telephone: 01621 862994
Email: lisas@essexwt.org.uk

Lisa joined EWT in 1998 having volunteered and worked for Somerset Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the National Trust after leaving university. She worked in the Reserves Team until 2014, as an Area Manager, when she became the lead for the Trust’s visitor centre and education teams. Lisa oversees a large team of staff that deliver a diverse range of activities including education and community events, reserve management, catering and retail. Lisa has been able to combine her ecological and educational experience with business training, to achieve the delivery of the Trust’s core charitable aims.

If you have a query for Lisa or her team please email:

Outdoor Learning and Forest Schools:  laurah@essexwt.org.uk
Education and Events at Visitor Centres:  annag@essexwt.org.uk
Visitor Centres in the South:  elisac@essexwt.org.uk
Visitor Centres in North and East:  abbyb@essexwt.org.uk
Visitor Centre Retail:  kevinb@essexwt.org.uk
Visitor Centre Catering:  julieb@essexwt.org.uk

Rebecca Malthouse

Head of Finance and Services: Rebecca Malthouse

Telephone: 01621 862957
Email: rebeccam@essexwt.org.uk

Rebecca joined EWT in 2012 after 20 years of working in a finance environment, from practice, industry to FSA regulated organisations. She oversees the Finance and Services team which consists of Administration, Facilities, Finance and IT. Rebecca is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a keen wildlife photographer who enjoys using her finance and management experience in an organisation which conserves wildlife and beautiful places across Essex, which people can enjoy and help them to de-stress from their otherwise busy lives.  

Finance:  finance@essexwt.org.uk
Admin:  admin@essexwt.org.uk
Facilities:  davidm@essexwt.org.uk
I.T.  it@essexwt.org.uk

Dave Smart, Head of Landscape Conservation

Head of Landscape Conservation: Dave Smart

Tel: 01621  862981
Email: daves@essexwt.org.uk

After a spell working in banking Dave originally joined EWT in 1997 as the inaugural warden at Little Haven reserve before moving on to do the same at Abbotts Hall Farm in 2001.  As reserve manager from 2007 until 2016 Dave was responsible for the Trust’s land management in the north and east of the county before moving to manage the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation for Essex Waterways.  Returning in 2019 as Head of Landscape Conservation, Dave now leads a large team responsible for the delivery of the Trust’s conservation work across Essex.

If you have a query for the team please email:

admin@essexwt.org.uk

Head of Business Development: Richard Yates

If you have a query for the team please email:

Marketing and Communications:  communications@essexwt.org.uk
Media and Press:  emilymp@essexwt.org.uk
Fundraising: fundraise@essexwt.org.uk
Gifts in Wills: legacy@essexwt.org.uk
Membership: membership@essexwt.org.uk
Corporate: corporate@essexwt.org.uk