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, North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Margaret Fleming, Independent consultant
  • Graham Frost, Headteacher
  • Melissa Glackin, King’s College London
  • Henry Greenwood, Green Schools Project
  • Lee Jowett, Leicester City Council
  • Jessica Tipton, St Paul’s Girls’ School

Ben Ballin is a freelance educator, trainer and writer who specialises in global learning, ESD, Drama and primary Geography.  He is presently chair of the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Network and an occasional blogger for NAEE.  With the Birmingham-based teachers’ network Tide~ Global Learning, for whom he is presently a trustee, he has worked alongside teachers to produce scores of teaching materials on sustainability and global themes, including Global learning- Lenses on the world (2016), which takes a critical and international perspective on the Sustainable Development Goals.  He is currently working with Wild-Awake on the European ‘Change the Story’ digital climate stories project.

Ben is a consultant to the Geographical Association, a member of the editorial board of Primary Geography magazine and leads subject networks in Shropshire, Staffordshire and the London Borough of Havering.  As well as his Geography work, he is educationalist for the innovative Theatre in Education Company Big Brum, who use theatre to explore questions of humanity and justice.  As a volunteer, he serves as Secretary of Switched On – Gambia, supporting solar libraries and homework clubs in West and East Africa.

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.

Judy’s 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.

Graham Frost has been headteacher of the Robert Fergusson Primary School in Carlisle for 16 years.  Graham has been a trustee of NAEE and contributes to our writing and other output.  He blogs at: cumbriahead.wordpress.com and you can follow him @GrahamFrost .  He is a member of the national executive of the NAHT and champions environmental and climate education within that organisation.

“School leaders cannot ignore the growing pupil voice on climate change, and children cannot articulately challenge the powers-that-be without being educated. Equipped with scientific knowledge, our pupils can see that system-wide technological, political, sociological and economic changes at a local and global level are urgently and desperately needed.”

Melissa Glackin is senior 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 is the director of the Master’s in STEM Education and the Biology secondary Post Graduate Certification in Education (PGCE) where all science trainees experience a residential field course. She supervises PhD candidates in topics relating to learning inside and outside the classroom including: Forest School, Climate Change Education and Equity in urban nature reserves.

Over the past decade Melissa has worked on several outdoor learning projects including: the Field Studies Council’s (FSC) London Outdoor Science project, the FSC’s Schools in the Park project, and the Primary Science Teaching Trust funded Thinking Outside the Classroom programme. More recently, Melissa and colleagues completed a British Academy / Leverhulme funded project mapping environmental education in English secondary. Melissa is a trustee of London Wildlife Trust and is a member of the expert committee for Nature Friendly Schools.

Henry Greenwood is founder and managing director of Green Schools Project, a social enterprise he set up in 2015.  He is also a Maths teacher who, while teaching at Kingsmead School in Enfield, developed the role of Sustainability Coordi­nator, assembling a group of students who embarked on an energy saving campaign that saved the school more than £35,000 over 3 years, started a recycling competition, installed solar panels, created a vegetable garden and carried out various other projects for which they were awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag.

He used this experience to set up Green Schools Project which supports young people to lead projects that protect and restore the natural world, helping to inspire their school and community to go green.  This enables them to build leadership, communication and teamwork skills while providing them the opportunity to play a role in tackling the climate and ecological crisis.

For 2020-21 Green Schools Project is planning to pilot a new Zero Carbon Schools programme, working in depth with four schools in East London to get students, staff and the wider community involved in calculating and reducing their carbon emissions.

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.

Dr Jessica Tipton is head of sustainability at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London where she also teaches Russian and French and set up a Higher Education widening participation programme. At the beginning of the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown she mooted the idea of a virtual event to bring young people together after the international COP26 in Glasgow was postponed. After convening a team of teachers and organisations, Jessica is now working as lead educator with the NGO Global Action Plan to design an online nationwide Youth Climate Summit open to all primary and secondary schools, scheduled for 9-13 November 2020. A couple of years ago she founded both a West London Schools Eco-Partnership and a wider London Schools Eco-Network for students, staff and community organisations to collaborate and share resources. She is now developing a model for student-led regional eco-networks with young people and colleagues in the home counties and beyond with the aim of forming a ‘network of networks’ across the UK (any schools or individuals interested in forming or joining a network should email environment@spgs.org).

In 2019/20, Jessica was invited to work as Director of Advocacy on a consultancy basis for Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) to promote the youth-led Teach The Future campaign to repurpose the entire education system around the climate and ecological crisis.  She has also acted as a translation coordinator and representative for the eduCCate Global UN-Accredited Teacher Training Academy course in West London and in the Russia/CIS region. Previously, she worked as a policy maker at DEFRA for nearly 10 years on projects ranging from the Marine and Coastal Access Act to the Campaign for the Farmed Environment, agriculture and climate adaptation, and more recently the 25-year Environment Plan. In 2019 Jessica completed a business management course at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and has devised her own course on business and sustainability for school Sixth Formers, co-founded an online sustainability forum called OneThing aimed at individuals and SMEs, and formed a group to further sustainability in Russia and the CIS.  Her research interests include Russia and climate change negotiations, the history of multilingualism in Russia and 18th-century Russian views on the English landscape garden.  In 2012 Jessica was awarded a Princess Dashkova Medal ‘For Services to Freedom and Enlightenment’ by the Dashkova Humanities Institute in Moscow in recognition of her research into the history of UK-Russia relations.