Community Engagement Manager
Simon is our Community Engagement Manager. Simon leads the Developing the Natural Aire project after a career working for environmental organisations ranging from Groundwork to The Royal Forestry Society. As an ex-teacher, he has a particular interest in our school visits. Simon enjoys sharing his love of the natural world and traditional crafts with others.
"There are so many fascinating stories of our river’s history and wildlife to share. DNAire is a fantastic opportunity to get more people involved with our river. It's a fantastic green and blue space running through our communities that can enrich so many people’s lives."
Billy Coburn joined us having previously worked for Thames21, London’s Rivers Trust. Billy worked at Thames21 for 9 years, most recently as Development Officer and Team Leader. Previously he volunteered at Groundwork. His environmental interests include connecting communities to their local waterways, empowering them by demonstrating how a healthy river should function, Natural Flood Management, and Surface Runoff.
Billy’s role as Catchment Officer includes, actively building and supporting current membership to the Aire Catchment Network, constructing a detailed catchment plan of projects from known strategic priorities, developing and seeking funding for projects, and project managing those projects to conclusion.
I am overjoyed to be part of the Aire Rivers Trust and Aire Catchment Network, listening and appreciating all the challenges around the catchment, working with the network to improve our local waterways".
In his free time, Billy can be found by a river kayaking, hiking or playing the guitar.
Community Engagement Officer
Nick is our Community Engagement Officer. Nick leads our river stewardship programme and could be said to be happiest when he has wet feet. Nick has extensive practical conservation experience and enjoys actives like hedge laying and tree planting.
"I believe we are at a watershed moment for the environment. We all have a role to help protect and conserve the environment. I hope bringing new people to enjoy our river will help them understand how special it is."