Our People


Paul Snookes
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Before retiring Paul worked in higher and further education with students from all over the world.  He has become increasingly concerned about the condition that we will leave the planet in for future generations.  This has led him to actively involve himself in many environmental causes and organisations.  He puts people and nature at the heart of everything he does.

Rod Howell
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Rod is active in a number of environmental groups; he's a founding member of Transition Worcester, chair of Repair Café Worcester, a volunteer for Worcester Food Rescue and an ex-director of The Old North Stables Display Garden CIC (now no longer a limited company). He is a co-founder of the Worcester Permablitz Network, and is a keen grower of fruit and veg, as well as an occasional forager of hedgerow foods.


Rod has always had a love of nature - growing up in a family that enjoyed country walks with occasional bird and butterfly watching. The countryside is where Rod feels most at home, and he's keen that future generations have the same opportunities to become immersed in the sensations that stem from the natural world.

Vann Vogstad

Vann is a three-time tech entrepreneur, having previously built up and sold multiple startups to international businesses. His creative approach to problem solving and innovative "blue-sky thinking" has allowed him to enter three very different markets and create industry leading products.

With 4 young children, Vann is passionate about creating lasting positive change, and believes this is only sustainable by identifying "win-win" situations. A strong believer in reigniting community spirit, and connection with nature, Vann wants to help The WEG undertake projects that help people recognise the beauty they have on their doorstep, and become passionate themselves about fighting, alongside their neighbours, to keep, and even improve it.

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Steve Dent

Steve is a retired trade union official, most recently working as a negotiator and mediator with the British Medical Association. Steve is the author of an award winning food blog, The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen, and is passionate about gardening and growing food in harmony with nature. He is a regular volunteer at Worcester community garden, on the side of The racecourse, and helped set up Worcester Food Rescue, which distributes edible food that has reached its “display by” date from supermarkets and other retailers to local charities.

Caitlin Wakefield
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After moving to Worcester with her husband, Jack, in December 2020, Caitlin has already enjoyed getting to know the green spaces and variety of walks that the city has to offer. Her favourite place to be is taking in the view of the Malverns from the side of the river in Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve. For the last four years, Caitlin has been working at the relief and development NGO Tearfund, most recently in the partnerships and fundraising department where she writes proposals and reports for key donors. She's always enjoyed spotting birds and is passionate about taking action on climate change. She tries to think carefully about the things she buys and brings into her home and how we consume in a way that isn't detrimental to the environment.

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Clancy Radley

I'm Clancy, I come from a youth and community background, currently running a youth group for young people with learning disabilities in Hereford and tutor/student coordinator in Worcester.

I studied social sciences and environment for my degree

I have two adult children and am normally found walking, hiking or cycling in our beautiful local area.

Jonathan Hildred
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My fondest childhood memories are turning over rocks, investigating undergrowth and pond dipping to discover the weird and wonderful vertebrates and invertebrates that make these habitats home. Following a three-decade hiatus from my nature hunting days , I am rekindling my passion for wildlife and reconnecting with nature. Sadly, I have found that biodiversity has diminished considerably in this period, and I want to do what I can to help not only improve our local flora and fauna, but also help promote how important it is for us all to make space for nature and the benefits it brings to us.


As a Trustee for The WEG I will help challenge our Mission and help make Worcester a beacon of what can be done to ensure nature and people can thrive together.

Steve Shaw
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I retired in 2019 from working as a Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager in various engineering companies including a brief period in the nuclear power industry. I was a Scout leader for over 30 years where I was able to give many children the opportunity to enjoy activities in the great outdoors. I am currently a Foster Carer of 11 years and we now have a 12 year old boy placed with us long term. 

Since retirement I enjoy a number of volunteer roles including riding Blood Bikes for Severn Freewheelers, driving a van to deliver mobility aids for the British Red Cross and, prior to the pandemic, helping with youth club for Kinship Carers UK. I have been volunteering with WEG for 2 years hoping to make a difference to our local green spaces, to improve our environment and look after our wildlife. My hobbies include motorcycling, playing ukulele, running and more recently stand-up paddleboarding.


Alan Spencer
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Alan worked for most of his career in the university sector as part of a science and engineering group designing and building instrumentation to allow us to better understand the workings of the Universe. He recently retired and is devoting his time to volunteering with local Worcester groups whose purpose is to improve the local environment and encourage a lower carbon lifestyle.


He has a lifelong interest in his local environment and how changes to that affect its flora and fauna. He has particularly noticed how birds and animals that were once common in his youth are now rarely seen and is concerned how the climate crisis will place stress on local wildlife. He sees that improving local habitats will allow the flora and fauna of Worcester to better survive the stresses they face as the climate warms. He enjoys bringing his engineering background and interest in re wilding to the Worcester Environmental Group.

Work Experience Web Dev Team

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Tom Gorton
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Tom works hard with the website development team to update and create different parts of the website. He loves bike rides and watching the football.


If you have any suggestions for the website please contact him at 'tgorton04@outlook.com'

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Mitch Morris
Website Development Team

Mitch studies IT (Level 3) at college and is on track to pass with flying colours. Mitch enjoys playing basketball and going on bike rides with friends in the fresh air.