We are very happy to announce that two new Trustees have joined our board following a successful recruitment process. Laura Shakespeare and Liv Cooper applied for the positions as representatives from our Evolving Leaders Programme and our hope is that as well as bringing their individual skills to the team they will ensure our work addresses the needs and views of the early-career conservationists involved in our programmes and initiatives. We’re really looking forward to working with them more closely and incorporating their ideas into our work.

Liv Cooper
“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the trustee team for the Osprey Leadership Foundation, having been part of the Becoming a Conservation Leader programme and currently as a member of Evolving Conservation Leaders. I have a background in conservation, currently holding the position of Projects Coordinator for the charity Birds of Poole Harbour, with a large proportion of my work focused on the local Osprey Reintroduction Project. Being able to contribute to the great work that OLF achieves is a privilege; having an organisation that leads with the values of being brave and authentic is critical in today’s climate, especially for inspiring passion and drive in a new wave of conservationists. Now is the time we really need leaders in conservation, no matter their role or level of experience. I’m looking forward to joining the team and being able to bring my creativity into helping the charity grow and reach more people. I admire OLF’s aspirations to help diversify the sector and give a wider range of people the opportunity to access nature and careers in conservation, which I’m hoping to help support through my role as a trustee. “

Laura Shakespeare 

With a background in Ecology, Laura has volunteered for a number of national and international charities – cutting back gorse on cold heathlands, providing media support, monitoring for invasive species, conducting seagrass surveys and following satellite-tracked manatees. Currently working for an international marine conservation NGO in a development and fundraising role, Laura has six years of experience fundraising for nature conservation programmes from both corporates and Trusts and Foundations. First becoming involved with the Osprey Leadership Foundation through its leadership programme, Laura firmly believes that more young conservationists should have the opportunity to access conservation roles, and that there needs to be greater awareness of the huge range of ways in which you can build your career within the conservation sector.


You can read more about our team of Trustees on our website by clicking here.

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