A long-time birdwatcher, Barnaby started ringing 1991, and now has an A permit. He is a member of the Runnymede Ringing Group, and ringed at the Amsterdam Water Supply dunes while living in the Netherlands. He is still birdwatching whenever time allows.
Anna joined the BBC as a radio studio manager in 1970, before becoming a producer on the Today Programme and later the BBC’s radio news producer in North America.
She then moved into television documentary production and became part of the launch team of breakfast television. She went on to produce both Newsnight and Question Time.
There followed a return to radio, producing Any Questions and Any Answers, before Anna became Editor of European and Correspondent Programmes. She returned to her native Northern Ireland in the mid 1990s as Head of Programmes and was Controller, BBC Northern Ireland from 2001 until retirement in 2006.
Anna is a member of the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority, a Commissioner for the Northern Ireland Equality Commission and the Chair of the Grand Opera House Trust, Belfast.
Pamela Castle OBE
Pamela Castle OBE, solicitor, is Chair and Founder of Castle Debates. She is former chair of, amongst others, the UK Environmental Law Association, the NNFCC Bioeconomy Consultants and the GLA’s London Sustainable Development Commission She is also former Head of Environmental Law at the law firm CMS Cameron McKenna. She has an honours degree in chemistry and wide experience in commercial and industrial matters. In addition, she was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Law from City University London.
Alastair Driver has the honour of inclusion in Who’s Who for “distinction and influence” in the field of environmental conservation and is one of the most experienced river and wetland conservationists in the UK, with a growing international reputation in the field of catchment management.
Alastair is a naturalist who graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc (Hons) in Ecology and who went on to become the first ever Conservation Officer for the Thames catchment in 1984. By the time he moved on from that role in 2002, the conservation staff had increased to 25+, budgets were measured in millions and improvement projects had been instigated which led to the return of otter and salmon to the rivers. Since 2002 he has been the National Biodiversity Manager for the Environment Agency covering England (and also Wales until 2013). During that time Alastair and his national team of specialist advisors have introduced numerous pioneering conservation policies and procedures for the Agency and are currently playing a key role in shaping the multiple benefits approach of the organisation.