Mrs Stephanie West

Mrs Stephanie West

Project Manager - Identification Trainers

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Angela Marmont Centre
Contact: email

Specialisms

Ecological Impact Assessment, UK bat species & surveys, UK biodiversity, UK ecological consultancy, UK protected species, UK wildlife

Summary

I have come into the Museum as project manager for the Identification Trainers for the Future project, an exciting new project targeting the decline in UK species identification skills which has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Funds Skills for the Future programme. Working with our partners the National Biodiversity Network Trust and the Field Studies Council, over the next three years we will be delivering a diverse range of activities targeting this issue, most notably the provision of fifteen 12-month work-based traineeships in UK species identification and training delivery. Over the past 14 years working in the UK ecological sector I have had the privilege to work in a diverse range of roles, including for Local Government, private consultancy, with local biological record centres and in teaching roles. It is the breadth of my professional experience within the industry, as well as my in-depth understanding of UK wildlife and conservation management that I bring to this position with the Natural History Museum.

Qualifications

Degrees

PGCE, Grenwich University, UK, 2008 - 2010

PGDip, Birmingham University, UK, 2001 - 2003

BSc (Hons), Bournemouth University, UK, 1996 - 1999

Employment history

Academic

Lecturer (Senior Practitioner) & Course Tutor (BSc/FdSc Conservation & Wildlife Management), Sparsholt College, Game, Wildlife & Conservation, UK, 2007 - 2011

Non-academic

Senior Ecologist, Ecological Planning and Research, 2012 - 2014

Senior Ecologist, Hampshire County Council, Environment, 2003 - 2007

Assistant Ecologist, Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre, 2001 - 2003

Highlighted publications

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 23 - 25.

Grants

Delivery phase - Identification Trainers for the Future
Role: Principal investigatorTweddle J
Funding: HLF - Heritage Lottery Funds
Total value £463,700 (to Museum £463,700)
Dates: 2014 - 2018

Fellowships

Fellow, British Naturalists Association, London, United Kingdom,

Fellow, Linnean Society of London, London, United Kingdom,

Fellow,

Fellow,

Committees

Member, Training Education & Career Development Committee, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Winchester, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Member, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management South East Section, 2005 - 2013.

Memberships

Member, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Winchester, United Kingdom, 2002 - on going.

Publications

West SVL (null) Engaging New Audiences and Bridging the Skills Gap. CIEEM Autumn Conference - Reconnecting People and Nature, 311 11 - 3 11 11http://www.cieem.net/previous-conferences-2015-autumn-conference-669

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 23 - 25.

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 86 : 23 - 25.

Contributed Publications

Dixon J (2015) Fledgling Naturalists Lap Up Their Masterclass.

Courses taught

BTEC National Diploma in Game and Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.

BTEC National Diploma in Conservation & Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.

FdSc Conservation and Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.

BSc (Hons) Conservation & Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.

Introduction

Summary

I have come into the Museum as project manager for the Identification Trainers for the Future project, an exciting new project targeting the decline in UK species identification skills which has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Funds Skills for the Future programme. Working with our partners the National Biodiversity Network Trust and the Field Studies Council, over the next three years we will be delivering a diverse range of activities targeting this issue, most notably the provision of fifteen 12-month work-based traineeships in UK species identification and training delivery. Over the past 14 years working in the UK ecological sector I have had the privilege to work in a diverse range of roles, including for Local Government, private consultancy, with local biological record centres and in teaching roles. It is the breadth of my professional experience within the industry, as well as my in-depth understanding of UK wildlife and conservation management that I bring to this position with the Natural History Museum.

Qualifications

Degrees

PGCE, Grenwich University, UK, 2008 - 2010

PGDip, Birmingham University, UK, 2001 - 2003

BSc (Hons), Bournemouth University, UK, 1996 - 1999

Employment history

Academic

Lecturer (Senior Practitioner) & Course Tutor (BSc/FdSc Conservation & Wildlife Management), Sparsholt College, Game, Wildlife & Conservation, UK, 2007 - 2011

Non-academic

Senior Ecologist, Ecological Planning and Research, 2012 - 2014

Senior Ecologist, Hampshire County Council, Environment, 2003 - 2007

Assistant Ecologist, Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre, 2001 - 2003

Highlighted publications

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 23 - 25.

Projects

Grants

Delivery phase - Identification Trainers for the Future
Role: Principal investigatorTweddle J
Funding: HLF - Heritage Lottery Funds
Total value £463,700 (to Museum £463,700)
Dates: 2014 - 2018

Professional activities

Fellowships

Fellow, British Naturalists Association, London, United Kingdom,

Fellow, Linnean Society of London, London, United Kingdom,

Fellow,

Fellow,

Committees

Member, Training Education & Career Development Committee, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Winchester, United Kingdom, 2016 - on going.

Member, Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management South East Section, 2005 - 2013.

Memberships

Member, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Winchester, United Kingdom, 2002 - on going.

Publications

Publications

West SVL (null) Engaging New Audiences and Bridging the Skills Gap. CIEEM Autumn Conference - Reconnecting People and Nature, 311 11 - 3 11 11http://www.cieem.net/previous-conferences-2015-autumn-conference-669

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 23 - 25.

West S, Tweddle J (2014) Identification Trainers for the Future - Inspiring the Next Generation of UK Wildlife Experts. In Practice, 86 : 23 - 25.

Contributed Publications

Dixon J (2015) Fledgling Naturalists Lap Up Their Masterclass.

Teaching and students

Courses taught

BTEC National Diploma in Game and Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.

BTEC National Diploma in Conservation & Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.

FdSc Conservation and Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.

BSc (Hons) Conservation & Wildlife Management
10/2007 - 12/2011.