Meet The Team

We are made up of a fantastic team of passionate and knowledgeable people. Each and every one bring with them a unique mix of experience, insight and contacts. All of which help us to deliver to our trainees invaluable courses in nature conservation and a rich network of individual professionals and like-minded organisations.

This is us!

Simon Roper ¦ Director

Simon is the Director of Ambios responsible for International Relations and Vocational Education and Training. His responsibilities include both grant focused project fundraising and training delivering for leadership, entrepreneurial thinking, team working and science communication as well as badger and mammal ecology.  His Master’s research focused on badger ecology and he leads the Sharpham Badger TB Vaccination project. He is also the Internal Quality Assurance manager for City & Guilds and Europass certificates.  Simon is passionate about ecology, biodiversity and teaching and learning and co-founded Ambios in 2001 to help people achieve their goals for nature and employment.

Jack Skuse ¦ Director

Jack is director of Ambios, and is responsible for Lower Sharpham Farm, the Devon base of Ambios’ domestic training and nature conservation programme. His responsibilities include running the day to day activities of the farm, including hosting and training residential trainees and volunteers on placements; coordinating the programme of farm work and nature conservation outcomes of Lower Sharpham Farm including research projects, community based activities and delivering a comprehensive and authentic work experience programme for the people United Response support. His career in conservation has been a marriage of Ambios and Sharpham, having spent his traineeship working on volunteer projects with Ambios, leading to running IgoMANGO residential volunteer project on the Sharpham Estate nearly 10 years ago. He and his partner Kate live at Lower Sharpham Farm with their 2 boys, both of whom were born at the farm.

Dr Clive Betts ¦ Chair

Clive is Chair of Ambios and is responsible for internal governance and strategic direction as well as monitoring and contributing to and advising on projects, funding bids, stakeholder liaison, initiatives and staffing. An entomologist, and Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society for over 40 years, Clive is also involved in everything Ambios does with invertebrates including projects, bioblitzes, educational activities and habitat management advice. Clive also draws on three decades of education, management and staff development experience to support the training and development of Ambios delegates and evaluation of projects.

Mike Cooke ¦ Facilitator: Technical Language & Ecology

Mike’s career in conservation spans 25 years with specialisms in habitat assessment and evaluation. He has worked with Ambios since 2005 and has played a continuous role in its international programmes over the last ten years. He provides trainees with core elements of their training throughout each programme, including UK conservation approaches, habitat/protected species ecology, species identification, field survey methods, habitat interpretation, and habitat management. He is also a certified ESL teacher and provides English language sessions as an integrated element of the training placements for overseas students

Ellie Parker ¦ Farm & Course Coordinator

Ellie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter in BSc Geography, undertaking marine biology modules as well. She first joined Ambios at Lower Sharpham Farm in April 2017, where she undertook a four month nature conservation placement as a LEMUR+ trainee, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. She is now the Farm and Course Coordinator at Ambios and her responsibilities include communications, marketing and course administration.

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