Bob is local to the area, and has worked within the Textile and Water industries before spending over 30 years at the National River Authority and Environment Agency, undertaking Area, Regional and National roles.
As part of the EA Regional Incident Response team he undertook Operational management roles during major flood events and in the 2001 FMD outbreak, he was involved in working with other EA internal functions and external partner organisations, which incorporated the use of Great Orton Airfield, now Watchtree Nature Reserve.
As a local, Bob was aware of and experienced the significant impact FMD had on the local area and community, and became a member of the local liaison committee, who consulted with Defra and the community regarding the site’s development and was one of the initial seven WNR Ltd Directors and Trustees of Watchtree Nature Reserve Charity
Involved with Watchtree since 2001 and its subsequent development Bob has undertaken volunteer roles covering Habitat management, community access and the development of the Wheelers, Visitor Centre/ Caf’e and Events.
As a Director /Trustee, he continues to be actively involved with the development, running and management of the reserve.
Early recognition of WNR was achieved, following his submissions covering the initial Watchtree teams progress and site development, the site was awarded the Evening News and Star Herdy Environment Project awards in 2002 & 2004 which were presented by John Craven of Country File. These awards were just the beginning of the WNR success story.