The RSPB is Nature’s Voice and at the RSPB, I’m the voice of volunteering. I’ve spent all my working life, already longer than I care to remember, working to enthuse, inspire and enable people to put their time and talent to best use for nature and the environment. This passion came about from actually being a full time volunteer myself with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers way back in 1989. Today I’m very fortunate to be Head of Volunteering Development for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) supporting the 14,900 regular volunteers whose time and talents we try incredible hard to put to the best use for nature.
It’s a grand job title but what do I actually do? Well, I’m responsible for developing and implementing our Volunteering Strategy and Volunteer Policy. In short, I’m expected to be the expert on all matters volunteering for the RSPB. As well as that small task, I also deliver training for managers of volunteers. After all, we all know in reality volunteers join organisations and leave managers, or more importantly, poor managers.
I’m still volunteering myself as a Director of the Association of Volunteer Managers (http://www.volunteermanagers.org.uk) and also as a shepherd!