Originally from Singapore and a graduate in media and mass communication, I started out in professional photography and journalism in 2002, travelling around the world on assignment. A chance opportunity – as a writer/photographer tagging along on a field trip – opened my eyes to nature conservation. I discovered and learned about tropical rainforests, mangroves and coral reefs, qualified as a scuba diving instructor and plunged deep into the underwater world, a surreal dimension that still captivates me today. On my journey of discovery, researching and sharing with others the wonders of the shallows and deep, I travelled to remote islands and witnessed Nature’s marvellous scenes and wildlife. Rare birds of paradise, immense trees, endangered dugongs, sharks and whales were some of the most amazing things I have ever seen. After moving to the UK, it took me awhile to realise that conservation hadn’t left me yet; I earned the chance of working with one of the largest conservation organisations in Europe. Since then I have been learning as much as possible about the natural history of Britain and have found my area of speciality, trees, which are the oldest living organisms on the planet.

Based in Devon, UK, I’m on a journey to become a successful and empathetic forester, arborist, woodland consultant and ancient & veteran tree surveyor!


NPTC Qualified in Chainsaws, Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue


RFS Southwest Committee Member



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