As part of his Heritage Lottery Funded role with NHSN’s ‘Towards 2029’ project, James is responsible for the planning and implementation of communications, marketing and promotional material. This includes print materials, digital and social media, and e-communications. As part of ‘Towards 2029’ James also contributes communications expertise and experience at review group meetings and workshops.
James is a local naturalist with a background in both practical conservation and communications. Well-known for his work as a blogger and writer for organisations such as Northumberland Wildlife Trust and New Nature Magazine, his commendations include finalist positions at the Living North Awards 2016 and, more recently, at the UK Blog Awards 2018. It is hoped that James’ knowledge in the field will allow him to preserve the high standard of NHSN’s existing communications materials, while simultaneously developing new and engaging approaches across all channels as the ‘Towards 2029’ project advances.
I am honoured to have been offered a role with NHSN as part of their ‘Towards 2029’ Sustainable Heritage Project and terribly grateful to both the society and HLF for the opportunity. I grew up watching wildlife in Northumberland, studied here for my Master’s degree and now, with a job in both the sector and county I love, it feels like things have come full-circle. I sincerely hope that, through my appointment, I am able to give something back and promote both NHSN and the wider study of natural history in our region. I look forward to working with and learning from NHSN’ suite of amazing, talent volunteers.” – James Common