Our Staff

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Fiona Danks, Director

After doing an ecology degree and a PGCE, I worked for several years in environmental education. I joined ORCC in 1998 to administer TOE (the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment), making landfill tax credits available to community and environmental projects across Oxfordshire.  In 2011 the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment became an independent charity and a place-based environmental funder and I took on the role of Director. 

I combine working for TOE with writing books in partnership with Jo Schofield under the name Going Wild.  We are writing a series of fully illustrated books, inspiring children and families to get outdoors to enjoy and explore the natural world.  We believe that reconnecting people to the natural world is vital for a sustainable future.  I enjoy walking and spending time in wild places, particularly the Scottish Highlands.



I joined the team in September 2014 and work 3 days a week managing the delivery of the Network Rail No Net Loss of Biodiversity fund and administering the main grant scheme. I have an Msc in Sustainable Environmental Management specialising in Biodiversity Action Plans, the nature conservation mechanism of choice at that time. I have previously worked for The Environment Council and the Building Research Establishment, managing the EcoHomes technical team. I’ve been a governor at our local school for 10 years and I was a founder member of Sustainable Wallingford, which was set up in 2002.


Scott Brown, Development Officer

I was recruited in April 2018 to help TOE grow. Previously I was an Engagement Officer at the Environment Agency, which involved working with different teams and stakeholders to explore opportunities, develop projects and respond to issues. I also have lengthy experience as a freelance writer and editor, a parallel career as a stained glass artist, and hold MA degrees in Professional Writing and History of Art. My interests in the environment are wide ranging, but I'm particularly fascinated by the way people relate with concepts like nature, landscape and place through creative activities, such as art and writing.