The Team

The Team

Emma McKinley

Emma joined Cardiff University in June 2016, as a Research Fellow, and since then has worked closely with SEP on a number of projects.  As a marine social scientist, her research work explores the relationships that people have with the sea and coast and considers how this can be used to support management and decision making for these environments. Since March 2020, Emma has become more and more involved with the SEP team, leading day-to-day management of the team, strategic planning and supporting all of our projects, including ongoing work for Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset and our earlier projects, like the NRW funded, Discover the Severn.


Katie Havard-Smith

Katie joined the team in August 2019 and is responsible for the day-to-day communications of SEP, including attending meetings on behalf of the partnership, our annual Severn Tidings magazine, our monthly e-newsletter, social media, website and keeping the partnership updated via email. She also helps to organise SEP events, meetings and shares in the secretariat responsibilities. She works with all those involved in the management of the estuary, from planners to port authorities, fisherman to farmers and many more with an interest in the future of the estuary.

Katie also works as the Association of Severn Estuary Relevant Authorities (ASERA) Officer, where she is responsible for undertaking and facilitating the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the Management Scheme on behalf of the ASERA members. For more information on ASERA’s role, visit the ASERA website.

With a MSc in Environment Management and a BSc in Archaeology, Katie is passionate about getting out and about around the estuary and working with a wide range of individuals to raise awareness of all the Severn Estuary has to offer, from its fascinating heritage to its unique natural features.


Barbara Wren

Barbara joined as a part-time member of the team in May 2019. As the Administrative Assistant, she works closely with the other team members, undertaking the day-to-day duties to provide admin support and facilitate the smooth running of the partnership. These duties include helping to plan and organise meetings and events, communicating with stakeholders, dealing with finances, sharing secretariat responsibilities, and taking minutes. Responsible for monitoring the SEP mailbox and office phone, Barbara is the first point of call for dealing with emails and queries.


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