Tania Pells is the Scheme Manager for the DerwentWISE Landscape Partnership. Working previously as the Limestone Journeys Scheme Manager for the last eighteen months has provided an excellent grounding into the complexities of running a large scale, multi funded programme. Tania brings with her experience of partnership working in strategic roles for Local Strategic Partnerships to community participation at a local neighbourhood level. Specialising in project management and co-ordination skills; Tania has knowledge and experience from regional and local government and a leading national charity in community development. Tania enjoys engaging with communities and organisations to reach common shared goals which benefit the environment, its wildlife and heritage.
Nadine Stevenson has been with the scheme for four years starting as the Finance & Admin Officer and in April 2017 and changing roles to the Project Support Officer. Nadine has taken on the role of administering the website and social media channels for DerwentWISE. Working closely with Jo to deliver three final celebration events planned for 2018/19 as well as supporting Tania with the day to day scheme office business.
Having grown up and spent most of her life living in the Lower Derwent Valley, Nadine has a good local knowledge and a keen interest in the landscape and the heritage of the area.
Dave Savage is the Community Engagement Officer for Natural Heritage. Dave has worked in wildlife conservation for over eight years and has been involved in many community engagement projects. Dave joined the team from the Limestone Journeys Landscape Partnership where he delivered habitat and boundary restoration projects, school grounds improvement and species surveying. Dave likes nothing more than to be out in the countryside carrying out practical activities with a team of volunteers, making a real difference for wildlife.
Rachel Costigan is the Community Engagement Officer for Cultural Heritage. Rachel started off her career with BTCV in Wirksworth, taking volunteers out to deliver practical environmental conservation tasks- many of which were in the DerwentWISE project area. Since then she has worked in informal education, community engagement and interpretation in both environmental and heritage sectors. Prior to joining the DerwentWISE Rachel has been running a HLF funded project for the National Trust, developing the visitor experience at Little Moreton Hall. This involved developing visitor access on an archaeologically sensitive site and working with local communities to improve heritage grazing practices on heathlands. Rachel is passionate about wildlife conservation and intrigued by our cultural heritage. She is delighted to be coming home to be part of a project to conserve and celebrate both.
Jo Wheeler is the Community Engagement Officer for Arts & Interpretation. For over 20 years Jo has worked in participatory arts as both an artist and coordinator, working closely with communities to plan and develop projects together. This has involved Jo working with many organisations to devise and deliver community arts activity and resources, including The National Forest, Engage, Nottingham Museums and Galleries, Arts Council England, The National Trust and University of Derby. Much of the work has focused on people and places – using creative tools and interesting artists to support people in telling, sharing and celebrating stories of the industrial, social and natural history of a place. Jo is very excited to be joining the DerwentWISE team and working with local people to celebrate this area’s wildlife and heritage.