Having taken a degree in Agriculture at Reading University, Teresa joined Land and Estate Agents Strutt & Parker as a farming consultant. She was a partner with the firm for 13 years. She joined what was then The Game Conservancy, and is now the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) as Chief Executive at the end of 2001. In this role, she has been able to combine her practical and business experience of farming and land management with the conservation prescriptions and policy produced by GWCT’s scientists.
Teresa believes in practical, pragmatic conservation that finds space for wildlife alongside economic land uses such as farming, fishing, shooting and forestry. She works with a number of farmer groups operating at a landscape-scale to improve wildlife conservation, including the only farmer-led Nature Improvement Area. Teresa is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, board member of Natural England (the Government Agency for nature conservation in England), chaired the very successful Government supported Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area and was awarded a CBE for services to wildlife conservation in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.