Volunteer Task Force Team

Meet our Volunteer Task Force Team

Bee Road volunteering carrying out plant monitoring at Marine Parade Bee Road, Minster - Rosie Bleet

Volunteer Task Force

We truly value the time and commitment of all our volunteers; so, to make sure we hear their voices and ideas, we have set up a new Volunteer Task Force!

Working with the volunteer team, the new group will focus on sharing information and feedback about the volunteering process – from the volunteer handbook, right through to our strategy and action plans.

The Volunteer Task Force will also be representing the wider volunteering team, ensuring that everyone fully understands the direction of the Trust, and to make sure they are part of the decision-making process by having their viewpoints heard.

Meet our Volunteer Task Force Team

Bob Martin - Sevenoaks Area

Bob Martin - Volunteer Task Force

Representative Area:

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Sevenoaks Greensands Common project

Opportunity category: Outdoor Tasks

About Me: 

I am retired (closed my company in 2021) from paid work, but now seem to have increased time spent in the voluntary sector including sitting on a Regulatory Authority and a Board of Directors. I became a volunteer with Kent Wildlife Trust when the Sevenoaks Greensands Common Project started, but when that fell into the abyss I shifted my allegiance to SWR, which is actually where the initial interest was before being ‘highjacked’ to Greensands!

With my wife (Team M) we love wildlife, so what better way to give back than to become a volunteer, although Covid has curtailed our involvement at SWR thus far. Following some unfortunate experiences in the voluntary sector, including KWT, and not being one to complain without sticking my head above the parapet, contributing to the Volunteer Task Force was obvious.

This initiative of the Volunteer Task Force will give all Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers a ‘voice’ back to senior management and will put in place improvements for all existing and forthcoming volunteers.

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Geoff Hamilton - Ashford Area

Geoff Hamilton - Volunteer Task Force

Representative Area:

Ashford

Opportunity category: Outdoor Tasks

About Me:

  • I have been volunteering for Kent Wildlife Trust for about 4 years and before that, I volunteered with Essex Wildlife trust for about 3 years
  • Having spent most of my life in an office environment, it is great to be outside and helping the environment.
  • It is great to be working with great people to share ideas, jokes and life – and getting fit.
  • I believe the volunteer task force will help in channelling ideas of all Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers to help enhance processes and influence Kent Wildlife Trust decision making with respect of us volunteers.

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Mike Hatton - Swale Area

Mike Hatton - Volunteer Task Force

Representative Area: 

Swale

Opportunity category: Outdoor Tasks

About Me:

  • For more than 20 years I have been volunteering for Kent Wildlife Trust on various Reserves in East Kent. However, for the last 12 years, I have generally limited my efforts to the Swale area, and have a special interest in South Swale and Oare Marshes.
  • Volunteering for me is all about being outdoors, and as a volunteer, I am able to loiter legally on the marshes or in the countryside!
  • Having had a career in ship-building and shipping, I particularly enjoy using my knowledge and practical skills in construction work.
  • I have joined the Task Force because for a long time I have recognised the need for a direct communication link between the volunteers and Tyland Barn, and hope this will provide it.

Nigel Jennings - Queendown Warren, Nashenden Down, Roadside Nature Reserves & Bee Roads

Nigel Jennings - Task Force

Representative Area:

Queendown Warren, Nashenden Down, Roadside Nature Reserves & Bee Roads

Opportunity category: Outdoor Tasks

About me:

  • I started volunteering in 2006 after leaving a long career with National Air Traffic Services. Initially it was just to keep myself occupied but I was soon hooked!
  • I enjoy being outdoors, keeping fit and helping to conserve the natural environment.
  • I work regularly at Queendown Warren and many other reserves in West Kent as well as RNRs and Bee Roads across the county.
  • I have been a volunteer group leader for many years.
  • I joined the volunteer task force because I am keen to see high standards of support and recognition offered to all Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers.

Raymond Howard - Darland Banks

Volunteer Task Force

Representative Area: 

Darland Banks Nature Reserve

Opportunity category: Outdoor Tasks

About me:

  • I have been volunteering with Kent Wildlife Trust Darland Banks Team since November 2011.
  • I hope to contribute to the improvement of the local environment and community asset in the Medway Towns.
  • I think I am a task orientated person.
  • This role follows on from my work-life career as an Electrical Engineer in the Electricity Supply Industry in London and South East of England for fifty years. At Darland Banks, I carry out group volunteer labouring tasks and brush cutting

  • Hopefully, by being a part of the Volunteer Task Force, I will be able to make a positive contribution.

  • When speaking to members of the public on-site, I say to enjoy the experience of what is on their doorstep. If you don’t use it you will lose it

  • I want to accentuate the positives. You can have all the money in the world but your greatest wealth is your health and doing an outdoor activity is money in the Bank (in my Darland Banks)

Contact our Volunteer Task Force

Contact our Volunteer Task Force, with who you want to get in touch with and they should respond as soon as they are able to. 

 

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