Podcast | Patience Thody | Deputy Chief Executive The Wildlife Trusts

If you’ve spent time in the UK and visited a local nature reserve, then chances are you’ve been to a site managed by one of the 46 individual Wildlife Trusts that collectively represent 2,000 staff, 35,000 volunteers and nearly 1 million members.  

Helping to coordinate this huge force for nature is the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts of which today’s guest is their Deputy Chief Executive. 

Patience Thody left the commercial banking sector and switched her career towards wildlife conservation and the charity sector. 

She’s using her twenty years of HR and Operations Management experience to build, lead and motivate multi-disciplinary teams to deliver nature conservation across the UK. 

In this episode, we explore the Wildlife Trust network, its conservation activities and workforce of volunteers and staff. 

We also uncover what it means to be a Deputy Chief Executive, the skills Patience uses and values in her role, and what she enjoys and finds challenging in her job. 

She also shares her career journey and advice for people like yourself, who might be seeking to follow in her footsteps. 

It’s a Wildlife-trusting, career-switching, pod-chat. 





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Visit the Wildlife Trusts website to learn more about their work. You can also follow Patience on X.

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Main image: Peak District National Park. Credit: Ben Hall/2020VISION.


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