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You need to be looking for the next challenge, learning new skills and keeping at the cutting edge. Stretch yourself!

Richard Ferris, Managing Director

With an extensive background in biodiversity conservation, working at national, regional and global levels, Richard brings huge experience to Earth Matters. Not one to sit still, it's time to take on new challenges, move in new circles and build exciting, innovative partnerships for change.

Having worked as an ecologist, delivering large-scale research projects, he knows the benefits of collaborative networks. As a policy adviser, operating in inter-governmental forums, he understands the value of seeing different points of view and seeking consensus. As a qualified science teacher, he recognises the importance of clear and inspiring communication to engage people. And, as an experienced research scientist, he possesses objectivity and a commitment to evidence-based approaches to tackling problems.

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Be different, have adventures, lead others, work with purpose - bring your cause to life!

Richard has done a whole lot more, besides.

Experienced in community activism and representation, he is passionate about driving change that delivers environmental and social benefits. Bringing a unique set of skills together, and working in partnership with others, he sees an important role for Earth Matters and is excited about what we can do together!

In his spare time, Richard enjoys family time, as well as swimming, going to the gym, cycling, and running (he has completed the legendary Marathon des Sables, described as 'the world's toughest footrace'); or watches and supports other people doing amazing things. 

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We're all capable of doing amazing things, if we commit 100% and focus on the end goal. When odds are stacked against us, that's when we really discover our drive!

 Richard was inspired to complete the 6 days in temperatures of 45 Centigrade by the bravery of children battling with cancer, and was proud to raise more than £2000 for CLIC Sargent

Richard was inspired to complete the 6 days in temperatures of 45 Centigrade by the bravery of children battling with cancer, and was proud to raise more than £2000 for CLIC Sargent

As James embarks on the final days of the Marathon des Sables, his training is put to the test. With temperatures hitting 49 degrees Centigrade by late morning and the difficult Saharan terrain taking a toll on his body, see if the marathon man makes it to the finish line, or if the toughest foot race on earth proves to be too much.

After receiving 4.5L of saline and having a blister sliced off with a knife, Richard can vouch for the accuracy of this!