Ian Boyd -
Ian has worked in conservation for 35 years, starting with the RSPB and Wildlife Trusts on nature reserves around England and Wales before moving on to landscape management and setting up an environment and arts charity on the Isle of Wight. Ian has worked in public and private practice ever since, combining ecology and community with partners, clients and agencies on projects large and small. His work has given him a distinctive understanding of natural history and great enthusiasm for making space for wildlife. This led to the founding of Artecology with artist and social entrepreneur Nigel George in 2015. Ian likes bugs.
Nigel George - Director
Nige spent 15 years working in zoology before starting the Eccleston George arts collective in 2000. Designing and creatiing many public and community art projects led to his work with a government flagship education organisation called Creative Partnerships. For the next six years, Nige and his team worked with over 40 schools and thousands of students from across the UK to bring creativity and learning. In 2013 Ian Boyd and Nige collaborated on a self-made mixed discipline project called 'Shelving the Coast'. It was this productive & successful fusion of science & art that led them to launch Artecology Ltd in 2015.
Claire Hector - Director
Claire’s enthusiasm is for connecting people and wildlife. She has a decade’s experience in community engagement, communication and public consultation as well as wellies-on nature conservation projects. She sorts out our events programme, Discovery Bay and Under The Pier. Alongside her work at Artecology, she develops and co-ordiinates the delivery of nature projects Wild About Wight, Natural Wight and the conservation volunteer group for young adults,Green Army, all HLF-funded and hosted by social housing providers. Prior to heading to the Island, she worked on editorial, photo shoot production and location research for magazines Q and Elle Decoration and design agencies, plus a spot of red nose design and corporate fundraising for Comic Relief.
Sam Buck -
Sam's focus is on helping clients get the set of services they need to ensure a successful project. Measures of success are different for each project, it may be an amazing green space within their development which offers biodiversity gain and happy end users or a successful planning application which protects wildlife while enhancing the development's appeal and value. Sam's worked in the environmental sector since 2003. Her first five years’ of environmental work was in the not-for-profit sector managing income streams, teams of volunteers and groundwork projects. She has studied a post-graduate course in Integrated Environmental Studies to broadening her knowledge of environmental management in real world systems.
Dave Badman - Director
Dave is an exceptional artist, maker and mechanical engineer. From his early years screenprinting to building and managing theme park attractions and producing public sculptures, he has designed, created and installed in metal, stone and wood across an extraordinary range of projects and commissions. Dave spends what little spare time he has in his beloved village of Chale, restoring classic Volkswagens and creating the famous Chale Trail.