Francesca (Fran) Griffith (1959- 2014)
When Fran arrived at the Trust in March, 2003, as Conservation Manager, she already had plenty of experience in the world of conservation. She had worked for various organisations in the United Kingdom and abroad. In Uganda she had been a conservation and advisory officer in eco-tourism, and had also worked with several of the Wildlife Trusts in this country.
So it is no wonder that she brought such a wealth of experience and knowledge to the job she took on in Herefordshire.
Fran was integral to the success of many of the Trust’s iconic conservation projects through developing, steering and overseeing their implementation. She oversaw a Parkland Project, snake and pond projects, the Woolhope Dome Project, the Orchard Origins Project and between, 2004 and 2010 the Trust’s Community Commons Project which worked with landowners, commoners and locals across 12 commons in the county. Fran managed five staff throughout the six years of the project, sat on the steering group, provoked thought and help lead this iconic and successful partnership project.
She ensured that the Trust communicated, embraced, cajoled, managed, financed and more often than not, encouraged Herefordshire landowners, Trust members, neighbours, employees, Trustees, farmers, funders, partners and volunteers all to further the cause for wildlife. Her effort, enthusiasm, successes and commitment to wildlife conservation in this county was enormous and the Trust is indebted to her involvement.
She remained with the Trust for 10 years and it is only because of her very untimely death at such an early age, that she is lost to us now.