Joanne joined RSPB in July 2014 as Director of RSPB NI, assuming leadership of RSPB’s operations in Northern Ireland and overseeing our partnership arrangements with Manx BirdLife and BirdWatch Ireland.

Alongside her counterparts in England, Scotland and Wales, Joanne is responsible for translating RSPB’s strategy into a coherent programme of action across the UK to bring about the changes necessary to create a world richer in nature. Most recently, the RSPB has launched its campaign to #ReviveOurWorld, calling on government to introduce legally binding targets to restore nature and deliver a green recovery across the UK.

Originally from Banbridge, Joanne spent 28 years in Great Britain. and, immediately prior to returning to Northern Ireland to join RSPB, she was Head of Natural Resources at Natural Resources Wales, leading teams on conservation, biodiversity, fisheries, water, forestry, agriculture and land management.