Pam Gilder has worked in public policy and communications for over 30 years. Starting out as a field ecologist (advising farmers on how to combine productive farming with caring for the environment), she then moved from the field into public policy and advocacy working first for the Countryside Commission and then the Countryside Agency, helping to design and shape legislation that continues to protect the environment in the UK today. She led a number of ambitious initiatives including the New National Forest, a project in the Midlands which uses large-scale tree planting to improve the local environment and provide a place for millions of people to enjoy. More recently Pam was Director of Corporate Affairs at the Environment Agency where she was responsible for advising at Board level on corporate governance and communications. She led a number of campaigns and crisis communications during periods of drought, flooding and environmental pollution events. During her career Pam visited China on a Winston Churchill Fellowship to see their environmental programmes in action and visited North America to how the national forest estate was being managed for conservation and public benefit. Since finishing full-time work in 2016, Pam acts as a mentor for mid-career women and also volunteers with charities in Bristol. Read more about Pam here.