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Pamela Abbott

Director of Programmes | Senior Management Team

Pamela is a member of the Centre’s senior management team and is responsible for the strategic oversight of our current portfolio of programmes.

Previous experience & expertise

Pamela has undertaken a variety of senior roles with the UK government’s adviser for the environment, Natural England, most recently as Area Manager for Norfolk and Suffolk where she managed a team of 90 people delivering marine and terrestrial biodiversity conservation advice including responsibility for the management of 15 National Nature Reserves, as well as the implementation of the England Coast Path. Prior to that, Pamela was the Chief Information Officer for core Defra, managing a major strategic outsource contract to ensure that Defra's current and future Information and Communication Technology needs were met whilst at the same time delivering substantial savings on the overall cost of the contract.

From 2009 to 2013, Pamela was the Chair of Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF), leading this network of conservation practitioners and researchers through a period of significant change and growth during which the number of member organizations increased by 25 per cent and participation doubled. During this time, Pamela was also a member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative Steering Committee. In 2013, Pamela founded the CCF Women in Conservation Leadership Network with the aim of addressing the gender disparity in the leadership of conservation and providing support for women in, or aspiring to, leadership roles. She is an experienced facilitator, employing creative techniques to engage diverse audiences, and lectures in Stakeholder Engagement for the University of Cambridge MPhil in Conservation Leadership.