Our Team

Emily Malik
Director & Practitioner

As a Biologist, Naturalist and Ecopractitioner, Emily  uses cross-sectoral approaches to rekindle our relationship with the living world. Working in health, education, spiritual ecology and community engagement. She is a facilitator of The Work That Reconnects and has trained in Embodied Systems Practice. As well as her work with EcoWild Emily is on the steering group of the Nature and Health Practice Network, linked to the West of England Nature Partnership. She is part of the Nature and Health Strategy Group for WENP.

A qualified yoga teacher with 25 years personal practice, Emily sings with a long-standing group the Skylarks, plays a little guitar and piano, and meditates daily. Before EcoWild she worked in HIV Community Support Services, in Project Coordination for Tropical Health Education, and in Conservation research and logistics in Madagascar. She has taught several Nature and Health courses including for 2 years on the Natural Academy’s Ecopsychology and Nature Based Practice Foundation Certificate.

Training
Biology BSc; Ecopsychology Cert., Outdoor & Mental Health First Aid; Enhanced DBS. Member of Nature and Health Practice Network. CPD: Before We Were White 2024

Nick Hudson
Practitioner

Nick is an ecologist/naturalist and nature-based practitioner using aspects of both these disciplines to connect people to each other, to nature, the land and the living world around us. Alongside a lifelong fascination with nature and his work as a professional ecologist for more than 20 years Nick has gained a broad understanding of the ecological world.

Trained as a nature-based practitioner Nick offers opportunity to create and develop closer, healthier and more beneficial relationships with nature, refreshing and reconsidering the ways we interact with and how we relate to it. Offering opportunities for others to explore their relationship with the natural world, recognising that each person is their own natural expert on what inspires and sustains them in nature and what they love about it.

Nick brings his experience of crafting and making into this work offering supported opportunities to discover and enjoy activities such as weaving, crafting with hand-tools and natural art-making.

Training
Foundations in Ecopsychology and Nature-based Practice, Natural Academy; Member of Nature and Health Practice network; Enhanced DBS; Child Protection Training – basic awareness course; Outdoor First Aid.

Becca Quirk
Practitioner

Becca is an artist, craftsperson and outdoor practitioner. She is currently training as an Art Therapist and Forest School Leader (L3) and has a particular interest in Environmental Art Therapy and Eco Therapy. She has previously trained as a Nature & Health Community Connector and is interested in the therapeutic and educational benefits of nature, art and traditional green crafts, and passionate about their positive effect on wellbeing. She runs her own silversmithing business and has a background in support work and grassroots outdoor events.  

Becca’s love of nature and wild places is inspired by many years spent living outdoors nomadically, travelling the UK and Asia. She loves learning about the medicinal properties of plants, foraging, growing vegetables, climbing mountains and cooking over the fire.

Training
Art Psychotherapy MA (in progress);  Forest School L3 (in progress); Yoga Teacher Training 250 IYN; Nature & Health Community Connector L2; Jewellery & Silversmithing BA; Safeguarding Children & Young People; DBS.

Helen Mattock
Practitioner

Helen grew up in a small village just outside Bath where she spent most of her childhood riding ponies and walking her dogs. She is particularly interested in wildlife studies, having studied Animal care at Lackham agriculture college and is keen to share this with others.

Having worked for several small charities, including Bath Community Play Bus and Bath Area Play Project, as a play worker and nursery assistant, Helen has many years of childcare experience especially with children with special needs. She has also worked with adults with dementia.

Helen is married with two teenage children and a border terrier who she takes to weekly dog agility classes.

Training
Qualified Playworker and Early years educator; Forest school level 3 (in progress); Pediatric First Aid; BNES Safeguarding and Child Protection; Food Hygiene.

Carmen Jones
Practitioner

Carmen is a qualified forest school practitioner, dancer and nature lover. After spending 25 years as a dance teacher/performer Carmen felt compelled to change her vocation out of concern for the natural world and its preservation. Growing up on a farm, as well as studying as a child at Steiner school and also attending art college, were also all experiences that resonated and influenced her decision to train to be a forest school leader.

Through her work she wishes to encourage learners, whether young or old, not only to enjoy nature but to have a respectful and responsible relationship with it too. She especially enjoys working with children creatively, using arts, crafts and storytelling to explore nature’s cycles with an aim to encourage learners to gain a deeper nature connection.

She is also a founder member and trustee at the charity Climate Hub B&NES. She has 3 children, is an environmentalist, martial artist, forest bather and loves walking her dog.

Training
Level 3 Forest School Leader AIM; Art BTECH; Beauty Therapy CIBTAC; Aromatherapy; Kinesiology; Reiki; Indian Head Massage; First Aid– ITC level 3; Paediatric First Aid / ITC- Forest School Paediatric First Aid; Advanced Safeguarding Level 2; Prevent Awareness course; Level 2 Food Hygiene.

Emma Clucas
Company Administrator

Emma has a background in the creative industries, primarily working in product development and production & logistics management. Emma’s recent move into the third sector was driven by her desire to pursue a career that aligns with her environmental and social values.

Her appreciation for nature is particularly driven by her understanding of the resources the natural world provides for our survival and wellbeing. She is passionate about supporting work that encourages this awareness in others. Alongside her organisational and administrative skills, Emma also brings her love for hiking, textile crafts, food growing and travel to the EcoWild team

Training
Sustainable Food & Natural Resources MSc (in progress); Textile Design & Design Management (BSc)

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Owain Jones
Board Member

Owain Jones FGS is a Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University (UK). He works mainly in cultural geography and has published a number of peer-reviewed research articles in international geography and related social science journals. He has two main areas of research and writing interests; geographies of nature-culture and children’s geographies. Within the former he focuses upon animal geographies,[1]place/landscape/dwelling,[2] and tidal geographies (and temporal rhythms of landscape).[3]


Yvonne Bignall
Board Member

A Self-Care Coach working with over-scheduled busy women who forfeit their self-care in the pursuit of ‘doing’ for everyone else, often to the detriment of their health.

As a health advocate she blends a number of skills (qualified life-coaching, personal training, Nordic walking & nutrition coaching) to help individuals connect with nature and get to the top of their to do list, guilt-free and healthily! With over 35 years in & around the health & wellness industry, Yvonne is passionate about sharing the benefits of mental & physical wellbeing in the great outdoors.

She is on the board of directors at Somer Valley FM where she hosts her own show ‘The Women’s Power Hour’, focused on health & wellness and other related topics.

Training
CMI Level 5 Coaching; Level 5 Weight Loss Practitioner; Level 3 Personal Trainer; British Nordic Walking/INWA Certified Nordic Walking Instructor; Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coach.

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The Webmistress supports EcoWild with all things webby. Our main aim is to support our clients with digital difficulties and solutions, so they can be more available to help their clients blossom. We are therefore the perfect partner, and very much love supporting EcoWild, in our joint ethos of making the world a better place, through our re-connection with Nature.

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