The Organising Team

Matt Williams
Founder and Co-Director

I’m a lifelong environmentalist and birdwatcher. I am also the Global Coordinator of Youth for Our Planet, the international youth movement that UKY4N is part of. In my “spare” time I work as an environmental policy expert for the National Trust and enjoy walks with my springer spaniel Tess and one year old daughter Flora.

Talia Goldman
Co-Director

Unlike some of the team, my roots are very much in the humanities. I did a BA in French and Russian, before going on to work in political comms and sustainability. I just completed by MSc in Environment, Politics and Society at UCL.
I’m an all-round nature enthusiast and get stressed when I don’t go outside.

Joe Wilkins
Head of Campaigns

I’m a postgraduate student at Aberystwyth University studying MSc Environmental Change, Impact and Adaptation. This follows on from my BSc Ecology and Environment at Imperial. I’m very much an outdoor person, specifically anything related to water, but I’m also a keen distance runner and cyclist.

Bred Beckett
Head of Strategic Comms

I have a MRes looking at the effect that climate change will have on forestry ecosystems, using spiders as a way of exploring this. I have worked on studies at both ends of the temperate region, taught spider identification courses in several countries, and presented at UK conferences. Invertebrate appreciation is very important to me. If you don’t find me looking down a microscope, I’m probably nerding out about gardening, travelling, hiking, or watch van renovations online!

Aura Goldman
Head of Graphics

I am a PhD student completing a doctorate in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience. I am also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a lecturer. My interests in the field of psychology lie primarily in ecopsychology, behavioural change, and the study of consciousness. I love to be outdoors (especially if there is any climbing, bouldering or hiking involved) and try and spend as much of my day there as I can!

Danielle Shaw
Communications Officer

I am passionate about communicating conservation issues and advocating for political change. I work as a Communications Officer for an environmental NGO, and run a blog, Natures Good News, which promotes conservation optimism and ways we can all help the environment. Previously, I studied Biological Sciences BSc and Conservation and Resource Management MRes at the University of Liverpool.


Anissa Patel

I’m currently studying BSc Biological Sciences with Professional Placement at the University of Exeter. I got involved with UKY4N due to my love of the environment, hiking, animals and green spaces. Young people need to use their voices to make changes for their future!

Christina Derrick

I’m an ecologist who is passionate about seeing environmental policy that has real impacts on the ground, not just on paper. I have a range of experience from fieldwork in the UK and abroad, and desk-based research positions which I hope to put to good use with UKY4N.

Emily Seccombe

I’m a nature conservationist with a passion for freshwater wildlife, especially newts. I am part of the Nature Nearby project team and also volunteer with A Focus on Nature, running the mentoring scheme to support other young conservationists.

James Miller

I’m an environmental campaigner and filmmaker who has been making films about wildlife since I was 13. I’m a passionate campaigner on the biodiversity and climate crises, and am working with NGOs and activists around the world to mobilise my generation ahead of COP26 next year.

Glesni Lewis

I’m a Biology graduate from the University of York, with interests including creating art and digital illustrations for fun and to raise awareness for a range of issues. I am excited to be using art to help with nature and conservation campaigns.

Guy Willcock

I am an A-level student with a passion for nature, the environment and sustainable futures. I started my journey in nature conservation at the age of 9 with Charlcombe Toad Rescue, and currently sit on the Environmental Steering Group of the iwill Campaign, am a member of the Youth Advisory Board at Groundwork UK, am a regular speaker at events, and have written articles for various nature publications.

Monica Bhatia

My love for nature started by watching wildlife documentaries with my dad – after years of seeing others dedicate their careers to saving the planet I decided I wanted to be just like them.

Mya-Rose Craig

I am a prominent British-Bangladeshi naturalist, conservationist and environmentalist committed to protecting our planet and people by stopping biodiversity loss and climate change, and have been recognised for pioneering change through founding Black2Nature to run nature camps for BAME children, conferences and campaign for equal access to nature.

Sathvika Krishnan

I have completed my A-Levels and am an aspiring naturalist. With a particular fascination for ornithology, I have an innate love for the natural world. I am also a Youth Council Member for Reserva: YLT. Aside from my passion for wildlife, I am an avid musician.

Veronika Pudilova

I am studying Geographical Information Sciences MSc at Edinburgh University and I am particularly interested in urban nature, environmental justice, trees, fungi, and maps. I am an ecology nerd and proudly autistic. I previously studying Biology at Imperial College London and wrote my dissertation in the form of a policy proposal on how to improve green spaces for urban wildlife. I have also volunteered with the National Trust and as an Urban Ranger in Morden Hall Park.

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