Judging Panel for Writing on Global Conservation


Wainwright Prize JudgeCharlotte Smith – Chair

Charlotte Smith is a freelance broadcaster, writer and conference host  – she presents BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and has been a Countryfile presenter for more than two decades.




Rachel Wooliscroft

Rachel is a sustainability executive with extensive experience of integrating environmental and social issues into corporate strategy, leadership and process within the built environment. Founder of BayNel Advisory which works across public, private and third sector to ensure business plays its role in protecting the environment and supporting wider society, Rachel continues to lead the debate on these issues and find innovative solutions to tackle the challenges we face.


Wainwright Prize JudgeJohn Lewis Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is ‘Britain’s finest living nature writer’ (The Times). He has won the Wainwright Prize twice, with Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow, and been shortlisted for The Running Hare and longlisted for The Wood. He spends his daytime farming.




Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips has held environmental positions with the UK government, UNEP in Kenya and IUCN in Switzerland. He was formerly CEO of the Countryside Commission, Chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas and a professor at Cardiff University. He has been a trustee of many environmental NGOs, including the RSPB and National Trust.


Wainwright Prize JudgeCraig Bennett

Craig joined The Wildlife Trusts in April 2020 and brings with him huge knowledge and experience of nature conservation issues, campaigning and leadership within the sector. He has been described as “one of the country’s top environmental campaigners” and by The Guardian as “the very model of a modern eco-general”.



Wainwright Prize Judge

Chris Packham

Chris Packham has gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker. As a broadcaster he is a presenter of BBC’s BAFTA Award winning Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch series.




Photo credits: Chris Packham – Jo Charlesworth. Craig Bennett – Patagonia.