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
- Beth Collier Founder/Director of Wild in the City, and Nature Allied Psychotherapist
- Dan Danahar, biodiversity educationalist and Dorothy Stringer School
- Margaret Fleming, Independent consultant
- Melissa Glackin, King’s College London
- Henry Greenwood, Green Schools Project
- Sheila Gundry, Froglife
- 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 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.
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.
Beth Collier is a Nature Allied Psychotherapist and Ethnographer who teaches natural history and woodland living skills. Her work explores interpersonal relationships between people and nature. As a therapist Beth works exclusively in natural settings, working in allegiance with nature to explore our emotional worlds. She has theorised our relationships with nature from an applied psychotherapeutic perspective, developing Nature Allied Psychotherapy as a modality of practice for ongoing client work. Beth provides professional training for psychotherapists & well-being professionals on the therapeutic use of nature through the Nature Therapy School.
As a naturalist and bushcraft practitioner Beth has an interest in traditional ecological knowledge and ethnopsychology. Beth is Founder/Director of Wild in the City, an organisation supporting the well-being of urban residents offering experiences in woodland living skills, natural history and ecotherapy; using the skills of our ancestors to nurture a deeper connection with the natural world and a sense of belonging to communities past and present. Beth has a particular interest in supporting people of colour in finding their place in UK natural settings and creates opportunities for the representation of black leadership in nature. She has been one of the first researchers to undertake an in-depth study of people of colours’ relationship with nature in the UK. Her work has produced ethnographies of our intimate, emotional relationships with nature. This includes ethnography of disconnection and its impact on the development of cultural attitudes which shun nature; experiences of people of colour in nature in UK settings and white attitudes to black presence in nature. In 2019 her practice and research was featured in BBC’s Cities: Nature’s New Wild Ep3 Outcasts. She hosts the Black Nature Narratives podcast. Beth is a Trustee of the National Park City Foundation, a Fellow of the London Environmental Educators Forum and a member of the teaching team at the Wellbeing Faculty of the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
Dr Dan Danahar is a biodiversity educationalist, who has led a number of local initiatives within the city of Brighton & Hove, including persuading the public to count butterflies. This inspired the national charity Butterfly Conservation to develop the annual Big Butterfly Count. In 2010 as part of the International Year of Biodiversity Dan led a citywide approach to raising public awareness of global and local biodiversity loss. He persuaded a loose association of local organisations to work in partnership to successfully produce a year-long series of biodiversity related events entitled Big Nature, a synonym for Biodiversity. Dan has also introduced the concept of Butterfly Havens as a habitat restoration approach for chalk grassland butterflies, giving the public access to nature on their doorsteps. Initial sites of habitat creation greatly increased floral diversity. For example, the Liz Williams Butterfly Haven, went from amenity/municipal grassland with 10 wildflower species to a surrogate habitat with 100 species. In Brighton & Hove there are now over 30 such sites and Dan advised on the successful bid for the £1 million budget Brilliant Butterflies project. Dan is Executive Trustee of the charitable company Big Nature, which aims to revitalise the relationship between people and their local wildlife by creating natural habitats within the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere reserve (now known as The Living Coast). Over the last 3 years, Dan advocated a year-long biodiversity celebration within The Living Coast to coincide with the end of the International Decade of Biodiversity in 2020. This project Nature 2020 was launched on the 31st January 2020.
Dan is an expert advisor for DEFRA & the DfE on their Nature Friendly Schools project and an Environmental Science teacher at Dorothy Stringer School, Brighton where he has led a 12-year-old sustainable ecotourism project (emphasising biodiversity education) that links Ghana’s Akosombo region with Dorothy Stringer.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Jessica Tipton is the Director of Advocacy at Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) where her main role is promoting the youth-led Teach The Future campaign to repurpose the entire education system around the climate emergency and ecological crisis. This is a joint project between SOS-UK and the UK Student Climate Network that’s endorsed by many key organisations. Alongside working for SOS-UK, Jessica teaches Russian and French at a London secondary school where she also leads on sustainability and runs a Higher Education widening participation programme. In 2019 she founded both a West London Schools Eco-Partnership and a broader London Schools Eco-Network for staff, pupils and community organisations to collaborate and share resources. She also acts as a representative for the eduCCate Global UN-Accredited Teacher Training Academy course in West London and in the Russia/CIS region.
Previously, Jessica 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 and more recently the 25-year Environment Plan. She recently completed a business management course at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, on the back of which she devised a 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.