Meet the Surefoot team
Audrey often feels gripped to rebel against the forces destroying the natural world and wants to reach out to others who experience the deep despair, grief, guilt and hopelessness that can come with a deep love of Planet Earth so that we can share insights into what keeps us compassionate and resilient.
Audrey was a local newspaper reporter and features writer before moving into public relations and a role at the BBC Bristol (home of the Natural History Unit), where she had occasional opportunities to work with high profile nature campaigners and communicators like Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham. She was offered a newly created role as a broadcast campaigns project manager for the BBC2 series 'Restoration' - in 2002 this was a brand new type of audience voting led programming about local communities fighting to save their historic buildings at risk. Audrey supported around 70 community groups across the UK who were battling to save everything from a vast Victorian swimming baths in Manchester to a tiny wool mill at Knockando, near Aberdeen, and gained some insights into what motivated the people involved and why some campaigns were successful and others failed.
Inspired by the dedication and determination she witnessed in those Restoration communities, she took on community development role for a rural local authority and then laterly worked for a mental health charity that aims to help empower inspirational people who are managing their severe mental health issues using self care planning techniques.
Audrey has campaigned on a range of animal welfare and environmental issues since she was a teenager and has been very grateful for the help to manage strong emotions that she's received from a peer support programme for the friends and family of alcoholics. She's also a long time sailor who's equally grateful for the untamed wilderness of the sea.
Climate friendly action in everyday life
"Nature loss and animal cruelty everywhere, but especially in my local area, became so painful that I reviewed all the skills, work experience, learning and capacity I have to reorganise my life in order to dedicate as much of my time and resources as I constructively can to giving back to nature and animals. I do this by fostering, adopting and rehabilitating domestic and wild animals, rewilding (no herbicides, pesticides, invasive non-native species or intensive management) my garden, developing local and national nature regeneration campaigns and trying to help support others who care for Earth."