Meet the team at Wild Earth
What binds us together at Wild Earth is our love for Nature, our ideas, values and beliefs - that nature is the perfect conduit for self-development. We are all skilled in different areas and Wild Earth brings us together to embed and offer our skills in a unfied approach for the community. As we are all self-employed, we bring with us the unique combination of commitment, drive and entrepreneurship that motivates the people that we work with.
Founder and Director
Alex has over 16 years of professional experience in the field of Bushcraft and Survival, though in truth his learning started young in the wilds of the Australian outback and rural Fiji.
He has received rigorous training from the best, embodies an exciting blend of skills including an infectious love for the natural world and despite being an emerging leader in the field continues to invest in advanced annual personal training in order to stay sharp and passionate and to offer the richest possible palette of know-how to others.
Alex is passionate about the environment and has a rich experience of community development and regeneration by connecting communities with their local environment. Alex leads the delivery team at Wild Earth.
Denise is passionate about conversation education and has worked in wildlife conservation since the early 1990s. Denise has specialist experience in wolf conservation and has got a PhD in conservation education.
As a business graduate and entrepreneur, Denise is a Business Development and Marketing Communications expert and also has an extensive experience working in the public sector and in the third (not-for-profit) sector, with an emphasis on creative and knowledge industry companies. She owns and runs Bridge PR, a public relations and marketing company providing solutions for the maufacturing sector in the UK.
Jeremy is a wilderness quest guide, storyteller, theatre-skills facilitator, carrier of Council and public speaker. Jeremy has been involved in nature-based work for over 20 years.
He trained with Steven Foster and Meredith Little of the School of Lost Borders, pioneers in the resurgence of modern wilderness rites of passage and also trained in Core Process Psychotherapy with the Karuna Institute to further support his work.
Jeremy lends a rich pan-cultural context in his facilitation as he has gained his rich experience by studying with elders such as Tich Nhat Hanh and Martin Prechtel.
Director - Business Development, Strategy and Programmes
Geeta has over 15 years experience in youth and community development. Her expertise lies in fundraising, designing programmes and providing creative solutions for SMEs and social enterprises. As a graduate in Political Science and a postgraduate in Design and Digital Media, Geeta has a specialist skills base and understanding of social policy and applying technology to development projects - especially working with people from different communities in the UK and in India.
Geeta has a rich background of experience in youth work, environmental regeneration, community development, business development, fund raising, arts, media and communications including filmmaking, web design and social media. She is currently repsonsible for all the programme management at Wild Earth.
David Mills - Senior Youth Development Officer
Dave is a senior youth worker with over 17 years of youth work experience in Coventry. He is a music technoligist and runs his own music enterprise, Media Mania. He brings with him, the experience of frontline youth work, musical expertise and strives to provide the highest quality inclusive engagement for the young people he works with. Dave is a part of our 'Stepping Stones' programmes, funded by BBC Children in Need.
Louise Jerzyszek - Youth Development Officer
Lou has over 17 years of youth work experience in Coventry and has worked with Coventry City Council, YMCA, Groundwork Coventry and Warwickshire and Groundwork West Midlands. She is a trained Yoga practitioner and brings with her, mindfulness, yoga and relaxation skills within youth development. Lou is a part of our 'Stepping Stones' programmes, funded by BBC Children in Need.
Matt Cox - Youth and Community Development Officer
Matt has worked in the field of community development for over a decade and has gained invaluable experience through his role at the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. He leads on the Dunsmore Living Landscape programme at Wild Earth and is currently working in Coventry and South Warwickshire. Matt is trained in mountaineering, canoeing, hillwalking, bushcraft and nature awareness skills. He is part of the team to develop the Art of Mentoring programme in the Mildands along with Agnes Ashbell and Alex Hampson.
Julian Stanley - Horticuture Expert
Julian is a creative practitioner and expert gardener. He is former head gardener - Henry Doubleday Research Association, Ryton Gardens and a keen allotment holder. Julian has managed gardening projects in schools and gives expert talks in the community. As a creative practitioner, he has worked on Creative Partnerships projects in schools. Julian is also a Ceilidh (Kaylee) caller and runs workshops in the community.
Mike Rucinski - Music Development Lead
Mike is a recording and live sound engineer, and has worked with a wide range of organisations (education, entertainment, events, arts), providing technical production, support and training for sound and music related projects. He specialises in Music Inclusion and has been instrumental in delivering our Youth Music programme, Nature Beats since 2013. His skills incude: Audio recording, Audio post production, Podcast production, Project management (live sound, education), Mixing; Live sound (FOH music, corporate events), Studio (speech, music), Event rig / de-rig, Music Inclusion
and Youth media training, project development.
Derrin Ansell - Programme Support
Dee is our newest recruit. As a participant from the Nature Beats programme and then mentoring over three years, Dee joined the Wild Earth workforce in November 2018. She is a great role model for young people. Highly talented musically and with a passion for Nature, Dee is leading on developing modules for youth engagement at Wild Earth.