Director, Wild Future - Steve Marshall

Steve has 20 years' experience in environmental matters within the public, private and voluntary sectors, overseeing the strategic and practical management of a range of rural and urban landscapes as well as cultural and leisure facilities.

In 2011 Steve established Wild Future Outdoors and has been providing consultancy and information services to government, industry and the public ever since. 

With a passion for the natural and historic environment, Steve has particular skills in green space and nature reserve management, setting environmental strategies and action plans, site management planning, project management and partnership working.

Having led multi-disciplinary teams of up to 150 people in high pressure environments, Steve is also an experienced leader and manager. Initially working in practical and advisory land management roles for the National Trust, the National Trust for Scotland and Hertfordshire's Countryside Management Service, Steve moved on to senior roles with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (Nature Reserves Manager) and RSPB (Regional Reserves Manager, South West England). Later, he applied his experience more broadly in the public sector, managing a range of outdoor spaces and leisure business units for Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (Area Manager) and Ealing Council (Head of Parks, Countryside and Events and later Assistant Director, Leisure and Parks). 

Steve has a BSc (Hons) in Countryside and Environmental Management from the University of Aberdeen's Schools of Agriculture, Forestry and Biology.

Career highlights include: 

  • overseeing final construction and management of award-winning Northala Fields in Northolt, west London
  • part of project team restoring historic Walpole Park in Ealing, including securing £2.4m Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People grant 
  • leading the RSPB team managing 3,000 hectares for birds, wildlife and visitors in some of south-west England's most iconic landscapes 
  • writing successful plan for heathland and wood pasture restoration at Clumber Park for the National Trust and Natural England 
  • Richmond Council being awarded 2015 Best Service Team of the Year for Parks, Grounds and Horticultural Services by the Association of Public Service Excellence 
  • contributing to two BALI award winning and one Landscape Institute commended projects
  • winning Britain in Bloom 'City' category and the global Communities in Bloom International Challenge with Richmond Council
  • nature reserve acquisitions in Hertfordshire, Devon and Wiltshire 
  • senior member of projects to build and manage £13m Lee Valley Athletics Centre and £15m Northolt Leisure Centre 
  • lead officer for London 2012 for Ealing Council and assisted Richmond Council with management of the cycling road races
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