Meet our team and find out who is responsible for our work

Clare Freeman

Director

Clare leads and manages NHSN, shaping NHSN’s strategic direction and ensuring it continues to inspire wonder in the natural world. 

Working alongside NHSN trustees, Clare ensures the charity is well-governed, developing strategies, fundraising, building relationships with partners and delivering plans to ensure NHSN achieves its aims for people and nature.

You can contact Clare at nhsn.director@newcastle.ac.uk

James Common

Engagement Officer

James organises opportunities for people to experience and enjoy North East nature through events, trips, courses, and talks. 

Working closely with volunteers, he also oversees NHSN’s citizen science programme, wildlife recording and volunteer rangering at GNR. 

You can contact James at james.common@newcastle.ac.uk

Hazel Makepeace

Admin and Finance Officer

Hazel provides administrative support to the team, ordering materials and administering financial procedures. 

She also supports NHSN education courses. 

You can contact Hazel at hazel.makepeace@newcastle.ac.uk

Sarah Seeley

Membership Support Officer

Sarah is the friendly face behind the NHSN email account, answering your queries and administering the Student Award Scheme. 

She works to ensure NHSN memberships run smoothly and offers support to volunteers and staff across the organisation. 

You can contact Sarah at sarah.seeley2@newcastle.ac.uk

Dina Schwartz

Outdoor Education Officer

Dina manages the education programme at Gosforth Nature Reserve.  Dina develops new opportunities, working with NHSN’s volunteer Education Rangers, to support and encourage school and community group visits. 

Dina supports educational visits to the GNR, ensuring that NHSN continues to provide opportunities for people of all backgrounds and ages. 

You can contact Dina at nhsn.volunteer2@newcastle.ac.uk

Julie Ross

Nature Ranger

Julie is jointly responsible for delivering NHSN’s How to be a North East Young Naturalist project, working closely with local schools to provide educational activities, carry out school visits and provide opportunities for children to learn about, experience and enjoy the natural world.

 

Jack Butlin

Nature Ranger

Jack is jointly responsible for delivering NHSN’s How to be a North East Young Naturalist project, working closely with local schools to provide educational activities, carry out school visits and provide opportunities for children to learn about, experience and enjoy the natural world.

 

Paul Drummond

Reserve Warden (unpaid)

Paul is responsible for practical work at Gosforth Nature Reserve including woodland management, reedbed clearance, monitoring water levels, controlling the sluice gates and path clearance.  Paul leads Wednesday and Saturday conservation volunteer groups.  Paul lives at Lake Lodge at the entrance to GNR. 

 

Meet our Trustees

NHSN is grateful to our Trustees, who share their time and considerable expertise to oversee the strategic direction of NHSN.

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