Judging Panel for Nature Writing


Julia Bradbury – Chair

Credited with revamping Sunday night prime-time television and dubbed “Lady of the Lakes”, Julia Bradbury is one of the small screen’s most popular and versatile presenters. Although having presented many genres of programming, she is best known for her love of travel and the outdoors. Julia is co-founder of The Outdoor Guide.


Celia Richardson

Celia Richardson joined the National Trust at the end of 2018 and is responsible for Marketing, Corporate Communications, Content and Partnerships, External Affairs and Audience Insight. She has spent most of her career in not for profit organisations – either running NGO campaigns or directing communications for public service organisations. More than anything Celia loves stories and worries about the natural environment, which is why she is now hopelessly devoted to the subjects of heritage and conservation.


Wainwright Prize JudgeGeoff Duffield

Geoff Duffield is a member of The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts’ Marketing & Development Committee, a Trustee of Essex Wildlife , and a coastal warden for West Mersea. In 2017, after 40 years as a publisher, he launched his own brand agency, Geoff Duffield Stories, helping authors develop themselves as brands. In 2019, he project-managed the global publication of Elton John’s autobiography, Me, for Pan Macmillan publishers.


Wainwright Prize Judge

Jessica J. Lee

Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author and environmental historian, and winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. She is the author of two books of nature writing: Turning (2017) and Two Trees Make a Forest (2019). She has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics and has written for The Guardian, The TLS, Catapult, and BBC Radio 4, among others. Jessica is the founding editor of The Willowherb Review, which publishes nature writing by emerging and established writers of colour.


Patrick Neale

Patrick Neale has been an Independent Bookseller since 2001 working for Waterstones and Sainsburys prior to that. He runs Jaffe and Neale Bookshop and Café with his partner, Polly Jaffe, in Chipping Norton and Stow. He was President of the Booksellers Association between 2011-2013. He has spoken around the world advocating the joy of books, book selling and independent bookshops. As the son of a dairy farmer, an avid walker and cyclist he revels in the great outdoors.


Andrew Willan

Andrew Willan is a founder of Wealden Literary Festival. Established in 2013 as a celebration of the natural world, the Festival has welcomed many of the UK’s, and the world’s foremost nature writers and other champions of the environment. Andrew is also a director of Wealden Festival Foundation, a charity that seeks to nurture the ties between people and nature through literature and the arts. He lives in the Weald of Kent with his family.



Photo credit: Jessica J. Lee – Ricardo Rivas