My journey to SeaScapes can be traced back to graduating from Newcastle University with an appetite for community environmental work but no experience to get an interview, never mind a job. Six months full time volunteering on the regeneration of a former colliery gave me a foot in the door and the realisation that connecting communities with their landscape and seascape was going to be at the heart of what I do.

Fast forward 23 years and various roles in local government, civil service, philanthropic giving and most recently Land of Oak & Iron Landscape Partnership, I really have found my dream job.

Managing the UK’s first marine Landscape Partnership is something I feel incredibly proud of. I look forward to building on the success of the strong partnership and spending more time on and next to the water, learning from our incredible team and partners about the rich heritage of the Tyne to Tees seascape.