Pioneer Project Assistant


Dee (L) and Wendy (R) celebrate graduating from the Open University with Project Manager Pete Cosgrove.

Wendy Turner of Thurston and Dee Mcleavy from Melton found friendship through the Open University when studying for Honours degrees in Environmental Studies. Upon graduating from the Open University, Dee and Wendy sought to apply their new-found skills to their shared passion of environmental improvement.

The Marine Pioneer Project Assistant role presented Dee and Wendy with the challenge of applying their academic knowledge to the practical question of how one might apply a natural capital approach, whilst asking them to draw on previous experience to add additional perspective to the project. On seeing the advertisement, Dee and Wendy immediately got in contact with the Project Manager, Pete Cosgrove, to understand what role they could play in the project.

Dee has been able to draw upon her varied career in the private sector to analyse how the enthusiasm of Suffolk Citizen Science might be harnessed to bolster the evidence base required to deliver natural capital thinking. Dee commented “as a 70-year-old grandmother it is as if everything has led me to this point, where I hope I can help influence government environmental policy”.

Mother of two, Wendy is applying her creative flare and public relations knowledge, gained through her former life as a photo journalist, to tackle the question of how we can communicate the concept of ‘natural capital’. She hopes to launch a photographic competition in the spring of 2019 to engage as many people as possible in valuing our precious environment.


The Marine Pioneer is continually seeking volunteers to contribute to its objective of informing the Government's implementation of Environment Policy.

As a volunteer, you will apply your skills, and a whole host of new knowledge you'll rapidly accumulate, to progressing our understanding of how the value of the marine environment can be better acknowledged within decision making by taking a natural capital approach. This is an exciting yet challenging opportunity to influence marine environmental management across England, by developing and testing novel approaches in partnership with; government agencies, charitable organisations, community groups and business interests.

We are looking for a highly motivated person with excellent interpersonal skills and an analytical mind to become part of our team for between 2 and 6 months. Further information about this position is available below… Interested applicants are invited to submit a CV and covering letter, outlining their suitability and motivation directly to Project Manager, Peter Cosgrove. 01394 445216


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