Nikki Banfield ~ Communications Officer

Nikki Banfield ~ Communications OfficerNikki Banfield ~ Communications Officer

Nikki joined the Trust as our Communications Officer in order to promote and raise awareness of the work that the Trust is doing within the Islands.

My family have lived in Scilly for many generations and I feel privilaged to have such a deep rooted history within the Islands and to call myself a Scillonian.  I've always had an interest, not only in my family history but in the history of the Islands, and now I've reached an age where I find both fascinating; I am keen to help preserve that history and heritage for future generations, learn more and pass that knowledge on.

I like nothing better than squeching through mud or walking across the beach with no shoes on.

Like many young people from Scilly I left home at 16 to attend College and then University on the Mainland; following completion of this I remained on the Mainland for a further 10 years in order to continue my education and gain work experience.

Bryher Phone Box at Night ~ © BareFoot Photographer/Nikki Banfield

Despite being on the Mainland for nearly 15 years Scilly has always been my home and I took every opportunity possible to return, coming home as often as holidays and funds would permit.  I eventually managed to return permanently to the Islands, after ever increasing short and then longer breaks home, in 2011.  Now I'm back I wonder what madness made me stay away so long!

I have previously worked primarily in Education and Health & Social Care and hope that the skills I have learnt in these fields combined with my keen love of nature and all things Scilly will assist me in my role.

I love to be out doors and in my spare time I spend many hours walking and taking photographs (often with no shoes on!).  

There is something magical about Scilly, its wildlife, its history, it's scenery, the way of life and the Wildlife Trust helps to ensure that this is protected and accessible to all, both residents and visitors.