Dame Fiona Reynolds

fionareynoldsDame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. She came to the college from the National Trust, of which she was Director-General from 2001-2012. During her time at the National Trust she made it warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.
Before becoming DG of the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England, 1987-98) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks, 1980-87). Fiona was also a volunteer with the National Trust from the mid 1980s until the late 1990s, first as a member of the Thames and Chilterns Regional Committee and later as an elected member of Council. She chaired the Sutton House Local Committee in Hackney.
Fiona is the Senior Non-Executive Director on the Executive Board of the BBC, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water and became chair of Green Alliance in December 2014.
Fiona was appointed CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998 and DBE in 2008. She is married with three daughters and lives near Cirencester. She loves walking, reading, classical music and opera.

Photo credit: David Levenson


Julia Bradbury

juliabradburyCredited with revamping Sunday night primetime television and dubbed “Lady of the Lakes”, Julia Bradbury is one of the small screen’s most popular and versatile presenters. She has just completed filming a new 8 part walking series in the UK, Best Walks With a View with Julia Bradbury which has recently been shown on ITV, accompanied by a book, dvd and online resource The Outdoor Guide.
Julia is proud to be the first female President of The Camping and Caravanning Club and the first Celebrity Ambassador for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. She is also happy to roll-up her sleeves to do her bit for charity whenever she can. She recently achieved a world first and camped on top of the O2 Arena in London. She is an ambassador for The Outdoor Trust, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, Bowel Cancer UK and Prostate Cancer.
Julia moved “homes” in 2015 to ITV where she presented a five part show Wonders of Britain. The show documented her 12,000 mile journey around the country, using Julia’s wonderfully effervescent personality to bring the locations to life. Having previously co-hosted BBC One’s rural affairs show Countryfile alongside Matt Baker for five years, Julia said her final farewell earlier this year to the show. During her many years at the helm alongside Matt, she is credited with helping ratings soar to over 7 million viewers. BBC One Controller said of the record viewing figure high “Countryfile has won millions of new fans in its Sunday evening slot. It’s a tribute to the quality of its unique coverage of the countryside that so many are now enjoying the show.”
Through the overwhelming popularity of Countryfile, this led to further success with Baker in Secret Britain, and she put her countryside know-how to further use on The Great British Countryside for BBC One with Hugh Dennis.
Julia’s reputation as the face of the outdoors began when she presented Wainwright Walks, a stunning BBC Four series shot in the Lake District. The programme sees Julia re-tread the footsteps of legendary fell-walker Alfred Wainwright, and has to date spawned three series and has been seen by millions of viewers all over the world. Julia has also filmed additional sets of hiking exploits, in Germany and South Africa, Iceland, and two series Canal Walks and Railway Walks (both dvd and book). Her books, Wainwright Walks and Coast to Coast both feature behind the scenes exploits of the TV programmes.


Bill Lyons

billlyonsBill Lyons is Executive Editor of Countryfile and Secret Britain on BBC One and also responsible for COAST on BBC Two. After reading English at Oxford he did postgraduate research in Jacobean Drama, then joined the BBC as a News Trainee. He’s made programmes for both ITV and Channel Four as well as the BBC, specialising in current affairs, history and archaeology. An EMMY nominee and three times Finalist at the New York Film Festival he’s also a Winner of the British Archaeological Awards with “Blood Red Roses” , while his ITV factual drama, “Titanic – Birth of a Legend” won an RTS for Best Visual Effects. Now living in the West Country he also knows the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes very well. His bedtime reading is Alfred Wainwright’s guide to the Western Fells.


Fergus Collins

ferguscollinsFergus Collins is editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, writer and a keen amateur naturalist. He spends most of his spare time wandering the hills and byways around his Monmouthshire home – and reads vast tracts of nature writing to survive his daily commute.



Sally Palmer

Sally_PalmercNationalTrustImagesArnhel de SerraOutdoors and nature enthusiast Sally is editor of the National Trust Magazine – the highest circulation magazine in the UK. She is an avid reader, so whittling down this longlist has been an absolute joy.  Brought up in rural Devon surrounded by ponies, sheep and goats, she particularly enjoys coastal walking in the rain and muddy trail running. Her favourite landscape is Dartmoor.

Photo credit: National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra


Dan Lewis

danlewisDan Lewis studied English and Linguistics at Durham, so naturally ended up a bookseller. Starting, like so many before him, as a Christmas temp for Waterstones, over 6 years he was part of their retail design, national marketing and online teams, ultimately running their blog, podcast and social media as Literary Content Editor. Dan joined Stanfords in 2014 where amongst other things he has worked on Stanfords Travel Writing Festival, developed and coordinated the inaugural Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, and successfully avoided all technical questions about maps in favour of fluffier conversations about writing.