Hi, Kate on Conservation here. I am a conservationist, and a campaigner for animal rights. I believe passionately in the education of future generations; I have worked for National Geographic KiDs and formerly Discovery Education. In 2017 I became the youngest Trustee of Born Free Foundation, where I serve on the board, Marketing and Partnerships Committee and Programmes Committee. I am an ambassador of IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals), an Oceans Advocate for Ocean Conservation Trust, and a Partner of ELAFI Animal Welfare Awards.
I have been a follower and supporter of the charity the Born Free Foundation for most of my life, and in 2008 my passion and interests in conservation came to a head when I traveled to South Africa and spent three months volunteering at Shamwari Game Reserve, which is home to the Julie Ward Born Free Centre.
I have more than 10 years of journalism experience, and a 1st Class degree in English Language & Communications with Journalism and Media Cultures, with a year’s study abroad in Australia (yep, it’s a rather long degree title, but one I am most proud of).
I have previously worked for Discovery Communications, Channel 4 Learning, Channel 4 Talent, BBC Blast, Archant, Today Magazines and Cubiqdesign over the last few years, and have volunteered as a blogger, social media officer and volunteer co-ordinator for the wonderful conservation VR pioneers vEcotourism. All views experienced on the site are of course my own, and not directly associated with any of my current or previous work places.
Take a look at some of my favourite blog moments! Click each picture to learn more:
Brian May, Kate Silverton, Louis Psihoyos, Bill Oddie – The panel for the Racing Extinction premiereDelivering a whole school assembly on Racing Extinction to 300 pupilsWill Travers and I at the Blood Lions premiereWith Ian Redmond at the Remembering Elephants book launch
Hosting my own art exhibition – A World of Wildlife – to raise funds for Born Free Foundation’s Europe elephant sanctuaryRepresenting National Geographic Kids Magazine at Roots and Shoots with Dr Jane Goodall
Jake Humphrey at the GoGoGorillas auction to raise funds for Born Free FoundationKate Silverton, Leslie Phillips and Virginia McKenna at Wild Night at the moviesCelebrating Born Free Foundation’s 30th anniversary with Pollyanna Pickering and Virginia McKenna
Protesting against lifting the fox hunting ban, 2015, with Brian MayGordon Buchanan delivering an lecture on urban foxes at the Rose Theatre, KingstonJoining the Global March for lions with Anneka Svenska