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Ellie Robinson

Ellie Robinson

Assistant Director of External Affairs,

National Trust


Biography:

Ellie Robinson has been Assistant Director of External Affairs at the National Trust for 13 years, influencing public policy and political decisions on a wide range of environment and sustainability issues, from agriculture and food to water and climate change.

Since completing her MA in Geography from Cambridge University and MSc in Conservation from University College London, Ellie has been interested in innovative and collaborative approaches to achieving social and environmental progress.

Currently, Ellie is leading the Trust's national work on urban greenspace, as part of a new strategic innovation programme focused on the places where people live. This includes testing and developing new ways to help local authorities and communities fund and manage their public parks and greenspaces to secure them for future generations. A critical foundation of this work is understanding the real value of urban greenspace to the health, prosperity and resilience of cities. Ellie has experimented with new tools like natural capital accounting to coalesce a significant multi-disciplinary evidence base into a simple but powerful case to invest in this vital asset, primarily for people's health and wellbeing. This next phase includes developing new pathways to grow health outcomes from public parks and greenspaces.

Ellie spends most of her free time exploring the nature on her doorstep in east London with her two young boys.

Keywords

  • biodiversity
  • health and wellbeing
  • understanding the real value of urban greenspace to the health, prosperity and resilience of cities
  • science and policy