Julian joins the Trust as our interim Chief Executive in September 2021. He’s very excited at the chance to play a central role in the shaping of the Trust moving forwards.

Islands have always been a draw for me. Growing up in the East Neuk of Fife meant I had years of looking at Isle of May in the distance; each chance to get out to that island was always special. For over twenty years I then lived and worked far too far from the sea, but from 2009 to 2019 I lived in Orkney with my wife and two daughters, first on Mainland, then on Papa Westray.

Wildlife is my passion, and I am lucky that this has been my central to my career, since I graduated with an ecological degree in 1990. Most recently, I have been working as programme manager for Penwith Landscape Partnership, based in St Just, overseeing an exciting programme of work relating to countryside access, wildlife, archaeology and sustainable farming.

I also had heritage project management jobs when we were in Orkney. I was on the board of Papay Development Trust for five years, where we worked to develop the economy for the benefit of that small island’s community. Before that I worked for Gwent Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and an ecological consultancy.


I love: Wildlife (all of it), cricket, punk and my two dogs.

I hate: Habitat destruction

My favourite place in Scilly: Being new to the Islands, I’m excited wherever I go!

The animal I would most like to see in the wild: Anything I’ve not seen yet – I’d love to have seen Scilly’s summer 2021 Walrus visitor.