New Additions to Our Team
Newly appointed as the National Community Engagement Manager, Kristina Jansons Binns has come from the environmental sector, accompanied with a strong twist of community engagement, environmental campaigning and strategic communications.
Growing up in the Australian bushland, with the aroma of eucalypt and wattle hanging in the air, Kristina's passion for the environment is second nature, and led to numerous personal endeavours to protect nature, trees being one of her main areas of focus. Firmly rooted with this, (pardon the pun), was the strong desire to share her love of nature with others, through education and involvement with volunteers and the wider community. Kristina's previous twelve-year career in recycling, waste minimisation and composting, both in Australia and the UK carried with it her passion to develop real, tangible and accessible opportunities for the communities and Boroughs that she worked with. With this in mind, The Tree Council's theme, 'Making trees matter to everyone', is right up Kristina's alley.
Enhancing 'The Community Action Programme', she'll be developing new opportunities and fresh, useful tools to strengthen and support Tree Wardens, Community Networks, our Member Organisations and the wider community. This includes incorporating the activities within The Community Action Programme together with the newly developed The Charter for Trees, Woods and People. The Charter, developed by over 70 organisations including The Woodland Trust, The Tree Council and the wider public who submitted 50,000 tree stories, is due to be launched on 6th November 2017. Everyone's involvement with The Tree Council is vitally important and greatly appreciated and this role will further invigorate and support the great work being done.
Our latest team member, joining the Tree Council as the new Administrative Officer, is Geraldine Creaven. Geraldine is an experienced Administrator having worked for many years in a mission based context, including charities and NGO’s, ranging from sustainable development, human rights, gender equality and, more recently, counselling.
Geraldine was attracted to our core mission and ethos noting, the importance of the environment, and especially trees, upon the health of the planet and people, and she is very excited to be supporting and underpinning the exciting work that the Tree Council is undertaking.
Whilst not working in the Tree Council Office, she can be found tending the vegetable plots in the community garden, or on a little plot of land she bought with her partner in South Norfolk, which they hope to manage to increase biodiversity. If she’s not in those two places, she is quite likely to be found wandering around with a big rucksack and tent in the remote highlands of Scotland.