NAEE began its Fellows scheme in 2017 to recognise the significant contribution that individuals are making to environmental education through their work and so that the Association can work closely with them to further support and encourage environmental education in the UK.

The current NAEE Fellows are:

  • Ben Ballin, Independent consultant 
  • Judy Braus, NAAEE
  • Margaret Fleming, Independent consultant
  • Melissa Glackin, King’s College London
  • Sheila Gundry, Froglife
  • Lee Jowett, Leicester City Council

Ben Ballin is a freelance educator, trainer and writer who specialises in global learning, ESD, Drama and primary Geography.  He is chair of the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network and an occasional blogger for NAEE.  As a project worker for the Birmingham-based teachers’ network Tide~ Global Learning he has worked alongside teachers to produce scores of high quality teaching materials on sustainability and global themes, most recently Global learning- Lenses on the world (2016), which takes a critical and international perspective on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ben is a consultant to the Geographical Association, a member of the editorial board of Primary Geography magazine and CPD associate for primary Geography in Shropshire.  A co-authored research report on the impacts of global learning on the mental health and wellbeing of young people with autism is due out in early 2018. He is also helping evaluate the impact on young people of the innovative Theatre in Education Company Big Brum, who use theatre to explore questions of humanity and justice.  In the meantime, he has been planting orchards with young people for the Fruit-Full Communities project and writing new teaching materials on plastic, waste and the circular economy for Hubbub UK.

Judy Braus has been actively involved in national and international environmental education efforts for almost three decades.  She is currently the Executive Director of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.  Prior to NAAEE, she successfully managed the education and outreach departments at three national and international conservation organizations: the National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation.  She was also the manager of environmental education programming at the US Peace Corps.  She has led many international environmental education projects, facilitated leadership workshops and conferences in dozens of countries, been the chief editor of several successful national publishing efforts focused on environmental education, and published in numerous nationally recognized periodicals and books.  Her areas of expertise include environmental education, project management and strategic planning, leadership training and facilitation, conservation planning, writing and publishing, diversity and inclusion, curriculum and web development, and fundraising.  Throughout her career, has Judy focused on using the power of education to help communities restore and protect the environment.  She is passionate about creating a more equitable and inclusive environmental movement and strengthening NAAEE (and NAEE) so that they can help empower individuals and organizations to work together to increase their collective impact and create societal change. 

Margaret Fleming leads MF Associates, a small educational consultancy with a focus on Sustainability and Science Education.  She is active in a number of international initiatives and is currently working on the EU project Urban Science, which is delivering a means to teach pupils how science can develop solutions for sustainable cities, motivating them to view the positive benefits of science to the urban environment.  Previously she was a partner in the EU project CoDeS (School and Community Collaboration for Sustainable Development) leading on teacher education initiatives.  CoDeS aimed to provide a fresh perspective for inquiry based science learning and improve students’ motivation, deepen knowledge in science and develop civic competencies.  She worked with the ENSI network, and with many of the official environmental education contacts for most EU countries, and is collaborating with other European experts from Austria, Cyprus and Hungary to keep the network alive.  International activity has also included membership of the United Nations RCE-EM (Regional Centre for Expertise for ESD (East Midlands).

Margaret is a trustee of SEEd and the ASE, developed the ASE’s environmental education best practice guide, and edited the special Sustainable School edition of Education in Science.  Margaret delivers and writes CPD for both primary and secondary science teachers with clients include STEM learning and other major science education groups.  She is a Polar Explorer Ambassador.  Her range of research activity and long term learning on topics related to science and environmental education recently led to the award of Csciteach.

Dr Melissa Glackin is lecturer in science education in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London. Melissa’s research and teaching interests include teaching and learning science outside the classroom, teachers’ beliefs and self-efficacy, in-service and pre-service teacher professional development and outdoor science and environmental education curriculum development.  She teaches on the Master’s Science Education programme, the secondary Post Graduate Certification in Education programme (PGCE) where she ensures all science trainees experience a residential field course, she is subject director for the Biology secondary science programme and supervises PhD candidates in topics relating to learning inside and outside the classroom.

Over the past decade Melissa has worked on several outdoor learning projects including: the Field Studies Council’s (FSC) London Outdoor Science project (fua.field-studies-council.org), the FSC’s Schools in the Park project, and the Primary Science Teaching Trust funded Thinking Outside the Classroom programme. She is currently working on a British Academy / Leverhulme funded project mapping environmental education in English secondary, is looking forward to sharing these findings with NAEE members.

Sheila Gundry is the Development Manager for Education, Learning and Communications at the wildlife charity Froglife.  Her role encompasses Froglife’s business development, with a particular emphasis on programmes which involve people from a wide range of backgrounds in environmental education, especially those who are often excluded from taking part. The role has an emphasis on evaluation, including how environmental education affects our mental and physical wellbeing.

Sheila’s career history has embraced many aspects of environmental education, from hands on outdoor learning to waste and energy education. Working for the Field Studies Council at Malham Tarn Field Centre, she ran a comprehensive range of outdoor education programmes in ecology and biogeography.  Following success she became a senior player within the sustainability consultancy Resource Futures where she ran a range of waste education programmes including Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Circular Economy work for Local Authorities.  For her voluntary work she is a Trustee for Bath and West Community Energy Community Fund, a Director for the South West Education for Sustainability Coalition, and an enthusiastic member of Orchardshare, a Bath-based community orchard.

Lee Jowett has been Environmental Education Coordinator at Leicester City Council since 2014.  He previously worked as a Science Teacher for 10 years in Sheffield, and was responsible for coordinating Sustainability & Eco-Schools in 2 of these schools for over 6 years.  Under his leadership Wisewood Secondary School was awarded the Green Flag Eco-Schools Award, Jane Goodall’s ‘Roots and Shoots’ Gold Award, Fairtrade Schools Award, and Full International Schools Award.

Before joining Leicester City Council Lee completed his MA in Teaching and Learning focusing on the impact of environmental education and completed an MSc in Conservation Genetics.  He is a Chartered Science Teacher (CSCiTeach) with the ASE and a member of the ASE North and East Midlands regional committee, and chairs the environment, health and wellbeing group in Leicester – which brings together individuals who work to improve the health and wellbeing of students and raise their awareness of environmental issues in Leicester City.  He is chair of governors at Sparkenhoe Community Primary School in Leicester City and also chairs of the Regional Centre for Excellence – East Midlands RCE-EM.  Lee works closely with teachers, governors and trainee teachers and with students in Leicester on multiple projects.  In his spare time he enjoys getting outdoors in his allotment and tending to his chickens. He has a real passion for engaging students in real life challenges around climate change and the environment by ensuring schools are able to offer quality teaching and learning in these areas.