Executive Member and past Chair of the Cambridge Conservation Forum
Roger Mitchell is an Executive Member and past Chair of the Cambridge Conservation Forum (one of the ten Cambridge Conservation Initiative partners), a network of 70 conservation organisations based in and around Cambridge, working at local, national and international levels. The Forum's purpose is to strengthen links and encourage joint initiatives between conservation practitioners and researchers, and to broaden awareness of this exceptional pool of local experience and expertise. He is also the coordinator of the CCF/CCI Management and Restoration Group, a Board Member of Natural Cambridgeshire – the Local Nature Partnership, and is working with Natural England and several local NGOs on Fenland Conservation initiatives.
Most of his working life has been in Government and the Government Agencies as Senior Scientist in the Department of the Environment's Central Water Planning Unit, Head of Marine Science in the Nature Conservancy Council and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and National Manager of Species and Biodiversity in English Nature. Since then, he has been International Chief Scientist at the Earthwatch Institute, Executive Chairman of the NGO Natura International, Environmental Director of the Arcadia Fund and Chairman of the Management Board of the Corrour Estate. Currently, he is a Director of the NGO Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, a Director of ARC Ecological Services Ltd and on the editorial board of Conservation Evidence.
Roger has also served as Trustee and Director of the European Climate Foundation and the Herpetological Conservation Trust; Director of HSBC Cares for the Environment Fund (Malta); member of Cambridgeshire County Council Local Access Forum; Chief Editor of Aquatic Conservation; Chair of the Marine Conservation Trust; Vice-chair of the Marine Conservation Society; Trustee of the Council for International Contact; and Chief of Staff of the London International Youth Science Fortnight.