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Judges

Explore the 2023 James Cropper Wainwright
prize judging panels

The Nature Writing Prize judging panel is chaired by TV presenter Charlotte Smith, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, Craig Bennett, is the Chair of Judges for Writing on Conservation; and Communications & Campaigns Director of National Trust, Mark Funnell, chairs the Prize for Children’s Writing on Nature and Conservation.

Nature Writing

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The Panel

Nature Writing

Dr Khalil Thirlaway

Biologist, Presenter and Natural History Museum Podcaster
Nature Writing

Katrina Clarke

Bookseller at Mr B’s Emporium, Bath
Nature Writing

Karen Brazier

Co-owner of FOLDE Bookshop
Nature Writing

Ash Bhardwaj

Travel Writer, Filmmaker and Storyteller
Nature Writing

Soraya Abdel-Hadi

Writer, Coach, and Founder of All the Elements
Nature Writing

Lee Schofield

Naturalist and Nature Writer

Writing on Conservation

Craig Bennett

Judging Chair

Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett started as Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts in April 2020, with the ambition of putting a third of the UK’s land and sea into nature recovery by 2030. 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”. He was recently listed as one of the UK’s top “social media CEOs”. Before acquiring his role at The Wildlife Trusts, Craig was the CEO of Friends of the Earth for five successful years. Prior to this, Craig was deputy director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (from 2007 to 2010). He maintains his links with The University of Cambridge, as policy fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CsAP), and as a senior associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

The Panel

Writing on Conservation

Alex Try

RSPB Director of Strategic Communications
Writing on Conservation

Tristram Stuart

Author and Activist
Writing on Conservation

Joycelyn Longdon

PhD Student and Founder of Climate in Colour
Writing on Conservation

Fatima Ibrahim

Co-Executive Director of Green New Deal
Writing on Conservation

Craig Bennett

CEO UK Wildlife Trusts
Writing on Conservation

Mark Funnell

Communications & Campaigns Director National Trust

Children's Writing on Nature and Global Conservation

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The Panel

Children's Writing on Nature and Global Conservation

Frann Preston Gannon

Children’s Illustrator and Author
Children's Writing on Nature and Global Conservation

Konnie Huq

Blue Peter Presenter and Children’s Author
Children's Writing on Nature and Global Conservation

Dan Green

Editor of The Week Junior
Children's Writing on Nature and Global Conservation

Uju Asika

Children’s Author and Consultant
Children's Writing on Nature and Global Conservation

Joanna Adeyinka-Burford

CBeebies Presenter
Children's Writing on Nature and Global Conservation

Roisin Taylor

Co-director for UK Youth for Nature