Our Team

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Our Team


Emma Hinchliffe (formerly Goodyer) - DirectorEmma Goodyer, Programme Manager

Peatland ecosystems have been a major focus for Emma since 2009 when she studied for a PhD, during which she investigated the drivers of community structure of a group of green algae (desmids) in intact and restored blanket bog habitats. She then went on to work as a wetland ecologist, predominantly in Scotland, for Scotland's environmental regulator (SEPA). During her time with SEPA, Emma advised on the environmental impacts of developments on wetlands, as well as drafting policy and guidance to support wetland protection.

Emma joined the IUCN UK Peatland Programme in 2015 and is enjoying being part of the broad and applied nature of the work that the Programme delivers. Her main focus is steering the day-to-day running and work plan whilst maintaining an oversight of all activity across the UK peatland community. 



Jane Akerman - Programme ManagerJane Akerman

Having grown up in a city on the edge of Dartmoor, Jane has a strong connection to peatlands and the restorative power of nature. After completing an MSc in Biological Diversity in 2007, she went on to work for various environmental charities in practical conservation, before joining the University of Plymouth in a technical support role, specialising in ecology and entomology.  During her time at the university, Jane collaborated with multiple organisations in delivering environmental research and community and stakeholder engagement through outreach, training programmes and work-based placements.

Jane provides support to the Director and wider team in delivering the UK Peatland Strategy, administration of the Programme and development of resources, communications and strong partnerships.


Jess Williams - Policy LeadJessica Williams

Jess has an interest in all upland ecosystems but developed a particular interest in peatlands after joining the Natural England upland peat team in Yorkshire in 2018. She has a BSc in natural science and an MSc in conservation science. In 2019 she went to the University of Leeds to undertake a PhD studying the impacts of temporary track removal on the ecological and physical properties of peatlands. She published a number of papers from her research, including the first global review paper on the impacts of vehicular access tracks on peatlands in 2021. After completing her PhD, she returned to Natural England as a senior advisor working in the Chief Scientist’s directorate working on planning for the SSSI monitoring and evaluation programme and developing the interim milestones for peatland monitoring.

Jess joined the IUCN UK Peatland Programme as Policy Lead in November 2023. Outside of work she is a keen botanist and fell runner.


Renée Kerkvliet-Hermans - Peatland Code Co-ordinatorRenee

From 2012 Renée has had a strong focus on peatland restoration, first during her PhD at Stirling University where she worked on the impact of forest-to-bog restoration on greenhouse gas fluxes. After her PhD she worked on a policy review for ClimateXChange: “Climate benefits of forest-to-bog restoration on deep peat”, in which she brought together data from different studies to come to a complete carbon budget. Prior to her role at the IUCN UK Peatland Programme she worked for the Landscapes as Carbon Sinks project at Edinburgh University, where, amongst other things, she has built a good foundation knowledge of carbon markets.



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Ed Salter - Peatland Code Officer

Ed began an interest in peatlands after a field trip as part of his MSc at The University of Manchester in 2017, where he studied Environmental Governance. After working at the University in research support and following a professional background in grant writing, he volunteered as a conservation ranger for the National Trust and joined the IUCN UK Peatland Programme team in May 2022.

He focuses on the day to day running of the Peatland Code, such as registering projects under the code.



Garance Wood-Moulin - Peatland Code Development ManagerGarance Wood-Moulin

Garance studied Horticulture Environmental Management at the University of Reading where her interest in peatlands and habitat conservation first began. Following this with an MA in Plant Diversity, she focused on weather climate changes and temperature effects on British species flowering range and distribution.

Garance joins the Peatland Code team from the Soil Association, where she gained experience with accreditation schemes, standards and land use practices.

As Peatland Code Development Manager, Garance provides technical input to the team, managing the Peatland Code’s accreditation with United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), as well as focusing on wider ecosystem service quantification within the Peatland Code.


Joe AndersonJoe Anderson - Biodiversity Crediting Project Officer

Joe studied sustainable development and forest ecology during his Bachelor’s degree in the USA. From there he went on to work as an environmental scientist in climate biotechnology, focusing on symbiosis and soil science. When he moved to Scotland and begun exploring the region, he fell in love with peatland landscapes. He finished his Master's in environmental technology, with an emphasis on ecosystem service assessments.  

After working on carbon and climate policy, Joe joined the IUCN UK Peatland Programme to help deliver a biodiversity crediting process for the Peatland Code and Woodland Carbon Code. Outside of work, Joe enjoys aquascaping, hiking and weight training.


Clare Simm - Communications Lead Image of Clare Simm, communications lead

Clare’s interest in peatlands first started during her Ecology degree at the University of East Anglia. Since then she has undertaken a MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London and has worked in communications in a range of conservation organisations including the British Trust for Ornithology and Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Clare leads on communications for the Programme, promoting the benefits of healthy peatlands to a national audience.


Helen HarpderHelen Harper - Programme Officer

With a background in Geography, Helen studied an MSc in Ecosystem Services at the University of Edinburgh, where she developed an interest in ecosystems vulnerable to climate change. Her PhD project at Swansea University focused on the response of an alpine ecosystem to climate change over different time scales, which included reconstructing past environments based on fossil pollen preserved in peat. Prior to joining the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, Helen worked as an academic tutor.

As Programme Officer, Helen’s role is to collate the evidence base to support the delivery of IUCN UK Peatland Programme’s objectives.


Richard LindsayRichard Lindsay - Senior Research Advisor

Richard Lindsay is Head of Environmental and Conservation Research in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), University of East London (UEL).  For 20 years he was Senior Peatland Specialist in the Nature Conservancy Council and subsequently in Scottish Natural Heritage.  During this time he was involved in various high-profile conservation cases, including the battle for the Flow Country in northern Scotland.  On leaving SNH in 1996, Richard joined the University of East London.  For 16 years he was also Chairman of the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG), the international network of peatland specialists who provide advice about peatland conservation issues.


Mark Reed - Research LeadMark Reed

Mark Reed is Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship and Director of the Thriving Natural Capital Challenge Centre at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). He has over 150 publications that have been cited over 18,000 times and has led 18 projects as Principal Investigator worth a total of £3.8M (two worth >£1M) and contributed to a further 27 projects as Co-I, Work Package leader or equivalent, in projects worth over £30M. He is a member of IUCN’s international Committee on Ecosystem Management and he led research that contributed to the development of the Peatland Code. Find out more about his work here



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