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 is the Project Support Officer & Marketing Assistant. Nadine looks after the website, publicity and social media channels for DerwentWISE. Involved in planning and marketing the final celebration events in 2018/19. In addition to this provides finance and admin support to the scheme office. 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, wildlife and heritage of the area.
Dave Savage worked as the Community Engagement Officer for Natural Heritage until June 2018. Dave has worked in wildlife conservation for over twelve years and has been involved in many community engagement projects. Responsible for for delivering habitat creation or restoration projects and administering the DerwentWISE grants scheme. Dave now works at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust as Ecological Services Manager.
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.