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New programme manager for Nature After Minerals

Helen Barnard

Former grants and development manager Helen Barnard appointed to more active role in NAM programme

NATURE After Minerals (NAM) has announced the appointment of a new programme manager. Helen Barnard is due to start working on the RSPB-led programme on 5 December 2016.

Ms Barnard (pictured) is no stranger to NAM, having worked for the RSPB for the last 12 years, most recently as grants and development manager, and having been closely involved in working to secure funding for the programme. 

More recently, Ms Barnard led work to obtain European funding for RESTORE, the multi-partnered RSPB-led international project that incorporated much of NAM’s work between 2012 and 2015.

Commenting on her new appointment, Ms Barnard said: ‘I am delighted to be able to take a more active part in NAM, a programme I have long admired for its commitment and action to promote the benefits for people and wildlife of biodiversity-led minerals restoration.

‘I am particularly looking forward to getting to know stakeholders and to hear about the ways we can continue to work closely together to ensure the potential for mineral site restoration to deliver for nature and people can be met on the ground.’

Welcoming Helen Barnard to the NAM team, Nigel Symes, head of the RSPB’s Business Advice Unit, said: ‘It is great to have Helen on board after all these years of working together to source potential funding for the NAM programme.

‘We look forward to being able to draw on her experience and expertise as we look to move the Nature After Minerals programme on in its forthcoming tenth anniversary year and work to acquire funding to do so. It is an exciting time for Helen to be joining us and we wish her every success in her new role.’

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