Charlotte Hitchmough


Charlotte has been working with ARK over a decade, and has built up an extensive knowledge of the issues affecting chalk streams and the Kennet in particular. She came to ARK from a background in the water industry and science communication and has built the charity’s activities to include river habitat restoration, work with schools, farm advice, water efficiency and most recently rain gardens.
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Anna Forbes

Senior Project Officer & Volunteer Co-ordinator

Anna's trains and co-ordinates our volunteers to support our regular practical conservation and restoration projects in and by the river, sharing her knowledge and passion. She is a champion of Citizen Science and oversees a variety of surveying and monitoring work, including our water vole surveying and riverfly monitoring. Anna leads our Corporate Volunteer Programme.

Anna leads our educational outreach with communities, including our River School activities for schools and groups such as Brownies and Cubs.

She is ARK's project lead for Stonebridge Wild River Reserve.

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Rupert Kelton
Rupert is our Project Manager. He managed the DEFRA Green Recovery Sparkling Streams project, and continues to expand that work to a full catchment scale restoration of the Shalbourne and Dun.

Rupert is an expert in chalk stream habitat restoration as well as wetland design and creation.

Rupert leads on our lower Kennet practical habitat restoration work and larger projects, including fish passes and river realignment projects.

Julie Parker
Julie is our Business Administrator. She works part-time keeping the office in order, supporting the team and taking care of the bookwork and finances.
James Hubbard
James has just joined us and is our Project Officer for the Pang, but will be busy in the Kennet catchment too!

He's looking forward to working with volunteers to continue our water vole surveying on the Pang.

He will be leading and developing our water quality work and getting to grips with taking on the GIS aspects of our work .

James is joining our River School project team as well as getting out with our volunteers in and by the river, leading conservation tasks, from balsam bashing to river restoration.