SPEAKERS

Michel Dancoisne-Martineau
Born In France.
After agriculture and literature studies, in 1987, Michel became the curator and administrator of the French nationals properties located in St Helena (South Atlantic). 

In addition to his duties as a director, he has been conducting scientific projects and historical researches for various private and public organisations. He has written numerous articles in specialist journals and is the author of several acclaimed books.

Zedella Young
Zedella Young is the recipient of the St Helena Government Post School Scholarship – BSc (Hons) Human Geography and Journalism & Media Cultures from the University of Hertfordshire – and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Chevening Scholarship – MSc Strategic Tourism Management and Marketing from the University of Surrey.
At present, Zedella is studying her Chartered Institute of Marketing Level 6 Diploma in Professional Digital Marketing as part of her role as Marketing Manager at Bank of St Helena Ltd.

Joe Hollins
Joe Hollins qualified as a vet from Cambridge University in 1984, and after many years in UK general practice, with spells in Zimbabwe and South Africa, has more recently worked on the South Atlantic OTs, namely Tristan da Cunha, the Falklands, Ascension and St Helena. Island vetting broadens skills to include other disciplines such as research, disease control and conservation, so that he also worked for an NGO as Medical Lead/Country Director on the Turkish border fighting epidemic disease in war-ravaged Syria. His greatest privilege though is to look after Jonathan the Giant Tortoise.

Shayla Ellick
Shayla has worked in St Helena’s environment sector since 2013, with a focus on terrestrial conservation. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management from the University of Hertfordshire, during which she also spent a placement year working with the UK Overseas Territories team at theRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Since returning home Shayla gained an MSc by Research from the University of York, after studying the potential of the Island’s endemic Gumwood tree to sequester carbon in the Millennium Forest – a local community endemic restoration site.

She currently leads the St Helena Airport Project’s ‘Landscape & Ecology Mitigation Programme’.

Dr Tara Murphy
Tara is a consultant psychologist who has worked with the mental health team on St Helena since January 2019. She trained in London, England and worked in a children’s hospital for 17 years.

Tara is motivated to translate the findings of empirical research into ‘real-world’ places. She is particularly curious about the underlying mechanisms that enable people to overcome their challenges and celebrate their strengths.

Tara started a PhD at University of Nottingham in October 2019, the title of which is Psychological wellbeing in remote contexts, which is particularly relevant to us here in St Helena.

Liza Fowler
My name is Liza Fowler. I joined the St Helena National Trust as an apprentice in 2012 through a previous Darwin funded project.

Following this I than went onto working on succeeding Darwin invertebrate projects including ‘Laying the Foundation for Invertebrate Conservation on St Helena’ (19029)or ‘Bugs on the brink’ for short. I love the outdoors and have a passion for invertebrates which has been imbedded in me from childhood, and through these projects I have gained further knowledge and skills in entomology, invertebrate conservation and management and identification

Natasha Stevens
Natasha began her environmental career in St Helena Government’s Biosecruty team where she developed a keen interest in invertebrates. Building on from her background in engineering and biosecurity, she has become a specialist in St Helena’s invertebrate conservation. Natasha leads the invasive invertebrate control project for the National Trust.  

James Fantom
Always a keen environmentalist, James grew up in the great outdoors of Malawi and Botswana. He has followed his passion for nature and developed a career as an invasive species management expert. Previously he led the National Trust’s ‘weedbusters’ invasive vegetation programme which trialled control methods and transformed our approach to invasive species. He is currently project manager of the National Trust’s invasive vertebrate control project.

Murray Henry
I have been working at the Met Office, Bottom Woods for the past 2 years.  I had previously worked within the GIS Office as the GIS manager, I still however provide GIS/surveying consultancy to individuals/companies upon request.  I also work part-time as an IT technician for Envision IT.  Recently I have been given the role of joint Project Manager with Ben Samson for our Darwin Project.
When I’m not working I do enjoy getting out and exploring the island e.g. Post Box walks, I’m still working my way up to do the more challenging ones!

Kenickie Andrews
Kenickie (Kenix) has had eleven years’ experience of both terrestrial and marine conservation, with a particular focus on the reproductive and ecological monitoring of seabirds both on St Helena and Ascension Island.

In the last three years since the establishment of SHNT Marine, Kenix and the team have been working on a collaborative research project – trying to discover the secrets of Bone sharks, locally and globally.

Adam Sizeland
I arrived on St Helena in December 2012 with my partner Shayla Ellick. Having a lifelong interest in history and sociology, I completed a degree in History at the University of Hertfordshire.

I initially started teaching History at Prince Andrew School and quickly became enamoured with the rich and diverse history of St Helena. In 2014 after a year of teaching I began working as an assistant at the Museum of St Helena and in 2016, after the previous Director left, I was offered the position of Director.

Dr Kamar Tanyan
Dr Kamar Tanyan is a GP Medical Doctor, she is also a public health specialist and specialist in disaster medicine.

During her 20 years of experience , she responded to humanitarian crises and emergencies in different contexts from armed conflicts to remote place and limited resources settings. She is the Senior Medical Officer and Saint Helena Government health advisor for COVID-19 pandemic response.

Annalea Beard
I was the former Marine Conservation officer for SHG but  I am now currently studying the breeding and foraging ecology of two cavity nesting seabird species at St Helena in the South Atlantic with the help of Cardiff University as part of a PhD. This project focuses on Band-rumped storm petrels otherwise known as Madeiran storm petrels (Hydrobates castro), and red-billed tropicbirds (Phaethon aethereus).

Martin George
Martin has spent over 15 years in land-based business and economic development roles, and over 9 years at sea with the RMS St Helena and Red Funnel Ferries. Martin is also a group member and advocator of SHRI and the St Helena Connected Group. At the London launch of SHRI Martin met with James Ellsmoor (Island Innovation) and was able to discuss the St Helena opportunity, and his concept of the South Atlantic as a new ‘region’ for research and sustainable development.
Martin holds an Open University PG Diploma in International Development Management, and an MSc in Tourism and International Development with the University of Brighton. The latter saw Martin’s research article receiving a distinction and printed at the UoB, and his thesis was the first in its area of focus for St Helena – Planning Sustainable Tourism Development: A case study of power, policy and practice on St. Helena Island.

Leanne Henry
Senior Marine & Fisheries Conservation Assistant. Based within SHG Environmental Natural Resources and Planning Directorates Marine Section for over 10 years covering a wide range of areas including cetaceans, fisheries, seabirds, oceanographic, marine tourism.

Edward Whitton
Prior to coming to St Helena in 2019 Ted worked as an arable farm manager in the UK. After 11 years on the plains of Wiltshire growing wheat, barley and Oilseeds St Helena is an entirely different proposition. In his role as Agronomist Ted’s prime responsibilities are advising farmers and helping move the island towards self sufficiency in fresh produce. For such a small Island there is a huge diversity of crops and systems, offering a fantastically varied role.