Earthwatch Europe

Earthwatch Europe

Earthwatch Europe is an environmental charity working to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. They work with partners from across the UK, Europe and Middle East as part of the global family of charities under the Earthwatch banner.

They bring individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet. The Earthwatch community continues to grow rapidly, with participation from members of the general public, corporate employees, teachers and the next generation of young scientists.

Chair & Trustees
Location: Oxford/London

The summer of 2016 was a particularly exciting time for Earthwatch Europe, following the implementation of a revised strategy, with a focus on expanding their development function. As a result they needed a new Chair and two new Trustees to further strengthen and diversify their Board.

They were seeking people who could really engage with their mission and values, who would be strong external ambassadors for the organisation and help to raise their profile. They were also particularly interested in people with experience in scientific engagement and communications.

Oxford HR was successful in appointing a total of four candidates:

Lucian John Hudson, Director of Communications, The Open University and Chair designate. Lucian is a highly experienced and innovative communications director, now in his fifth communications chief role. He has held top communications posts in four
UK government departments, including Director of Communication, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and he was the UK Government’s first ever Director of e-Communications.

Ed Green, CEO, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. For nearly three decades Ed has worked and volunteered for organisations delivering nature conservation education and scientific research. Ed is CEO of one of the three largest Wildlife Trusts and the only one to operate across the whole of the UK.

Jack J. Matthews DPhil, MEarthSci, FGS. Jack is a postdoctoral research fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Research Associate at University College, Oxford. His research focuses on the Ediacaran rocks of Newfoundland, Canada, mainly looking at how fossil sites can be sustainably used as geotourist destinations. He uses a mixture of simple observations and innovative technological methods to understand and quantify natural and manmade erosion at key fossil sites, and uses this knowledge to inform conservation and management policy.

Adam Powell, Senior Director and Board Member, Ogilvy Public Relations. Adam leads global accounts and provides strategic counsel on brand and reputation issues to corporates, individuals and organisations, including Ogilvy’s work with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Before assuming his current role, Adam was Head of the Corporate and Public Affairs Practice at Ogilvy PR in London, leading a team of communications professionals, including employee engagement and internal communications, sustainability, corporate communications and issues and crisis experts.