The team

New Life on the Old West is coordinated by a specialist team, who are bringing their love and knowledge of wildlife to deliver our vision. Meet the team below.

Howard Jones

Project Manager

Howard is responsible for delivering more than 90 individual wildlife habitat enhancements throughout the project area, as well as providing overall project management and working closely with our multitude of project partners.

A former solicitor, Howard completed an Environmental Conservation & Management MSc in 2012 and then worked as a Project Officer with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, and a National Trust Area Ranger in Pembrokeshire.

After relocating to Norfolk, Howard continued as a Ranger before managing Orchards East, an East Anglia-wide Heritage Fund supported project; researching and restoring the region’s orchard heritage. As project lead for New Life on the Old West, you’re likely to see Howard out and about in the fens – sharing his exceptional knowledge on the species that we’re looking to support.

Laura Allen

Natural Heritage and Communities Officer

Laura is responsible for our programme of public events designed to enable local communities to engage with their natural heritage, as well as improving habitats and monitoring species across the Old West landscape. Laura also works closely with programme volunteers; a hugely valuable resource who collectively help to deliver the project aims.

With a BA (Hons) in Geography from Keele University, Laura is also studying for an MA in Heritage Management at Bath Spa University. She is passionate about natural heritage, the need to protect and enhance it and the positive values of connecting with it during a time of biodiversity decline. While at university, Laura was a Hedgehog Champion responsible for recruiting volunteers and instigating hedgehog friendly changes on campus. As part of this, she organised and led campaigns to raise awareness of this iconic but declining species within the local community.