Tim Appleton and Penny Robinson

Tim Appleton MBE has had a lifelong career in conservation and management, his ethos is to bring people together, inspire them and help global conservation. Prior to creating and managing Rutland Water Nature Reserve, he worked for Sir Peter Scott at the world famous Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and introduced Ospreys as a breeding bird to England to Rutland Water in 1996. He was co-founder of the internationally renowned British Bird Fair at which he ran for 31 years. Tim has been awarded an MBE as well as the Cadbury medal for services to conservation.

Penny Robinson has had a lifelong interest in all forms of wildlife, travelling to record and write about her experiences. Her role in Global Birding is vital and has ensured its success by her personal approach to hundreds of contacts, using her skills on all platforms of social media. Her dedication to detail has inspired folks to take part and help raise funds for conservation, but above all, helping to build our global community.