Meet our staff
We have a number of marine officers working across the North West Wildlife Trusts to help deliver our programme of Living Seas work, including a policy officer, marine community engagement officers and apprentices. Find out more about them and their roles below.
Dr Emily Baxter, Senior Marine Conservation Officer
Emily has worked for the North West Wildlife Trust for over 6 years and leads the Living Seas work across the region. Emily is responsible for marine policy and advocacy, delivering the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Funded Irish Sea Marine Advocacy Programme. Emily graduated with a BSc from the University of Plymouth in Marine Biology and Oceanography and a PhD from the University College Cork where she studied the ecology and socio-economic impacts of jellyfish. After working in academia and research in Barcelona and Southampton, Emily moved to the North West to start work for the Wildlife Trusts. She is still fanatical about jellyfish.
Sally Tapp, Marine Community Engagement Officer for Merseyside
Sally works as Marine Community Engagement Officer for the Our Irish Sea project in North Merseyside. After graduating with a BSc in Zoology from Royal Holloway University of London she pursued her childhood passion for marine mammals and gained an MRes in Marine Mammal Science from the University of St Andrews. Following this, she worked as a marine trainee with Cumbria Wildlife Trust before moving back to Scotland to watch dolphins for the RSPB. She then headed back over the border to Liverpool to join Lancashire Wildlife Trust where she spends most of her time collecting shells and searching for seals.
Emily Parr, Marine Community Engagement Officer for Lancashire
Emily works as the Assistant Marine Community Engagement Officer along the Fylde Coast, delivering events, surveys, talks and school sessions. Emily graduated from the University of Manchester with a Geography degree and then qualified as a teacher. A love of scuba diving and all things ocean related led her to a marine conservation internship, monitoring the health of coral reefs in Mexico. After this, she joined Lancashire Wildlife Trust to help protect the seas a little closer to home. You will often find her with a litter picker, out cleaning beaches!
Amy Pennington, Fylde Sand Dunes Project Community Engagement Officer
Amy is the Fylde Sand Dunes Community Engagement Officer for Lancashire Wildlife Trust. She was also a former Marine Trainee for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and so has worked for the North West Wildlife Trusts for 4 years. Her love and passion for the ocean began from a very young age and so she pursued a career in marine conservation. Amy graduated with a BSc in Marine Biology and Coastal Conservation from Blackpool and the Fylde College. After this she travelled around gaining experience with many organisations including; The Sea Trust, Oban Seal Sanctuary and the Atlantic Whale Foundation. These days you can find Amy strolling along the beach, or exploring the dunes on the Fylde Coast.
Matthew Dicker, Mud Flat Trainee
Matthew Dicker is a trainee marine biologist on placement with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Conservation Volunteers and the Liverpool World Museum. He is exploring the lives of worms and other invertebrates buried in the mud and sand of the Merseyside coast.