Gayle Burgess

Gayle has worked in the Directorate at TRAFFIC International (a strategic alliance of WWF and IUCN focusing on wildlife trade) since 2011. Her role there focuses primarily on conservation Programme development although also includes an element of work supporting efforts to reduce demand for a number of endangered species products such as tiger bones and skins, elephant ivory and rhino horn.

When Gayle was about 14 she wrote to one of the columnists at BBC Wildlife to ask how she could get a career like his. She has always been immensely grateful to have received a really thoughtful and considered reply, on the need for commitment, passion and keeping a good journal, which have served her well to this day.

Gayle moved into the conservation sector after 10 years working with sustainable development NGOs such as Forum for the Future. As a ‘Behaviour Change Programme Director’ with these she focused on initiatives promoting sustainable energy and water consumption amongst householders and businesses, broader aspects of environmental management and healthy lifestyles, and on securing community engagement in citizen science projects monitoring noise and air quality and tackling inequalities. Prior to this Gayle worked as an Assistant on a DFID funded centre on communicable disease control, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Gayle is also a freelance journalist and volunteers with the British Red Cross.

Gayle loves all things to do with the outdoors and has completed a number of fundraising challenges in her spare time; including trekking to Everest Base Camp, cycling from London to Paris and walking from Glasgow to Inverness in only 9 days to raise revenue for a range of charities such as the Mines Advisory Group and Friends of the Earth.

Gayle joined the IES in 2010, because:
“I felt that professional membership and the Chartered Environmentalist was especially important for me as although I had a wide range of professional and academic experience, for a variety of reasons I didn’t manage to complete my Natural Sciences Degree. I did some research into the various options out there and when I saw the IES, immediately knew they were for me. I loved their ethos and approach, and found their professional competencies suited my own experience, interests and values perfectly.

I’m now delighted to have been awarded CEnv through the IES’ ‘CEnv in a day’ process – everything was really straightforward, so I’d definitely recommend it to anybody who’s considering it. Since joining IES, I’ve been seriously impressed by the Project Office's commitment to the cause and inspired by the extent to which they genuinely ‘punch above their weight’ (an overused cliché, but in this case definitely true). Imagine my honour therefore when I was invited to join the Council!

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