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My background is in projects, operations and administration in further and higher education. I took redundancy at the end of last year to pursue the career change into conservation that I've wanted to do for a long time. Unfortunately the pandemic is still with us so finding opportunities have been limited so I have decided to focus on improving my skills and CV ready for when we are out the other side.

Rewilding, preserving habitats and educating people of the value of our natural world are all important and of interest to me.  I look forward to meeting more like minded people and those already working in the industry as the chance to network and make these connections has also been scarce.

I am currently home schooling two children so hoping I can keep up with the course. When I have time I like to take walks in nature, horse ride and dance as they keep me focused in the present.

Kriss Atkin

Development Administration Assistant, ClientEarth

I have worked in Further and Higher Education for most of my career. I have experience of project management, stakeholder management, business administration and process improvement. My last role was as a Research Student Manager looking after over 300 PhD computer science students. I decided to chase my dream of working in conservation when I had the opportunity to take voluntary redundancy...if not now, when? was finally the question that make me take the big scary jump. I'm really interested in rewilding, reintroducing species, habitat maintenance and general health of our world's wildlife and habitats. As a career switcher I have limited experience in conservation but have always been around animals and not afraid to get my hands dirty having worked on a farm when I was younger, and I'm keen horse rider. I am currently seeking local volunteer opportunities. Lock-down has obviously made things a bit harder to get as involved as I'd hoped, but am exploring the options that are available remotely.

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Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
9 months ago

Hello Kriss! Good to have you here and well done for making the leap! I'm sure you won't be alone with homeschooling amongst fellow participants, although that doesn't make it easier. Look forward to chatting. B