Dr Jonny Hanson
Jonny grew up in Monaghan and Malawi before studying medieval history and archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast, followed by business management and sustainability at Queen’s University Management School. After working in nature education and fundraising, he completed a PhD in snow leopard conservation and rural development at the University of Cambridge. Jonny has worked with numerous wild and domestic animals on four continents and has published peer-reviewed and popular articles on many environmental and agricultural topics. As well as having vocational qualifications in habitat conservation, pesticide management and pig farming, Jonny is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Jonny currently works part-time as the Managing Director of Jubilee, a Community Benefit Society setting up Northern Ireland’s first community farm, and is also a Trustee of the Nyika-Vwaza Trust, a UK conservation charity active in Northern Malawi. Jonny is a proud part-time stay-at-home dad and carer, and is happily married to Paula. They live in Larne, Northern Ireland, with their three children and a menagerie of other animals.
. John Martin
John has worked in the policy and advocacy field of conservation in Northern Ireland for almost seven years. He is currently working in the Belfast office of a leading UK conservation organisation, working on a range of issues from fresh water quality, flooding and planning to climate change and agriculture. As part of this role he also helps to deliver innovative nature conservation projects and has made representations to decision makers in Stormont, Westminster and Brussels about the plight of nature in the UK and abroad.
John’s interest in the environment came from being encouraged, as a youngster, to adventure and explore, mostly in and around the Mourne mountains. He spends his spare time trying to be outside as much as is realistically possible.
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