Jo Sayers

BOOM Project Manager

Jo co-ordinates the day to day running of the BOOM project. Having worked across the environmental sector for over 25 years, she’s passionate about working with communities and has managed of all kinds of projects, involving people in species restoration (wildflowers), landscape design, health, training, research, education and outdoor learning. Jo loves the outdoors and is a keen walker, gardener and allotmenteer.

Jo Sayers, Jo Sayers 

Dr Deborah Brady

BOOM Project Officer

Deborah is a mammal ecologist working on the hazel dormouse reintroductions and pine marten feasibility study within the BOOM project. She has been active in practical UK and international conservation since completing a degree in zoology thirty years ago. Deborah is particularly passionate about engaging young people in conservation and with a background in University and Secondary teaching coupled with forest school accreditation and through founding and managing an outdoor education organisation she has extensive experience of organising and running biological fieldwork and educational outdoor experiences with young people in the UK and abroad. A PhD in mammal ecology focussed her interest in reintroductions as a practical solution to biodiversity loss and she is experienced in working with communities to investigate the social and biological aspects of bringing species back.  She is a founding director and an active trustee of a charity driving landscape biodiversity change.

Dr Deborah Brady, Dr Deborah Brady

Dr Mic Mayhew

BOOM Project Officer

Mic is working with Ellie Kent to restore Duke of Burgundy butterfly populations in the BOOM project area and with Debs Brady on a feasibility study to reintroduce pine marten to the forests of south Cumbria. He spent most of his working life as a vet before retraining and teaching on the Zoology programme at the University of Cumbria. Mic has experience of working on white-tailed eagle and Eurasian lynx reintroduction projects and currently leads a three-year community based primate project in The Gambia. Mic loves to inspire  young people to access and learn about the natural world and is busy transforming his garden into a haven for wildlife.

Dr Mic Mayhew, Dr Mic Mayhew

Ellie Kent

BOOM Project Officer

Ellie has worked and volunteered in conservation for the past six years and is now responsible for the reintroduction of key plants and butterflies as part of BOOM. Although a keen ecologist and always eager to get outside working with volunteers, Ellie also loves a spreadsheet is a self-confessed data nerd.

Ellie Kent, Ellie Kent

Steven Lipscombe

BOOM Project Officer

Steven has worked across the North of England in wildlife conservation and land management roles for over 4 years, prior to which he enjoyed a successful career in chemical research. Steven has always loved and cared for wild spaces and believes in creating positive change through community empowerment and political engagement.

Steven Lipscombe, Steven Lipscombe 

Michelle Cooper

Communities and Volunteering Officer for Morecambe Bay Partnership and BOOM Engagement Officer

 Morecambe Bay Partnership is working in partnership with BOOM to deliver exciting engagement opportunities to inspire new audiences to connect with and care for nature. At MBP, Michelle manages a range of projects themed around public engagement, community memory, heritage,  schools, volunteering, training and special events.   Michelle previously spent 15 years as a curator/manager in museums in Cumbria and north Lancashire. She loves getting out and about around Morecambe Bay and is passionate about working in collaboration with local communities, organisations and volunteers to create imaginative and meaningful engagement with nature, heritage and the Bay landscape.



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