Ed Forrest

Ed Forrest

WFFS Project Leader

Ed led the partnership of wildlife groups that came together to set up WFFS and is closely involved with environmental work across southern Scotland. Part of the inspiration for WFFS came from his experiences in 2006 when he backpacked from South America to Asia, seeing some amazing wildlife along the way.

Ed joined the Southern Uplands Partnership in 2011 where he works on the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere and the Wild Seasons nature-based tourism initiative. He’s also developing new opportunities across Ayrshire for communities to learn more about wildlife.

Sid Ambrose

Sid Ambrose

Festival Producer

Founder of the Wickerman festival, Sid brings has huge expertise in staging top class events of many different kinds. As one of Dumfries and Galloway’s professional arts convenors he is closely connected to the cultural life of the region. Right now he is using his skills to create an unforgettable weekend of wildlife film and photography for the first ever WFFS.

Matthew Shelley

Matthew Shelley

PR and Communications

With many years of experience doing comms for events across the UK, added to even more years in newspaper journalism, Matthew looks after the PR for WFFS. As a hill runner he spends his spare time exploring the countryside. He has previously worked with a series of organisations committed to the environment, including the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

Design and Marketing

Caroline has worked as a graphic designer since Apple invented the Mac and will be using all her experience to ensure the WFFS message gets out there on time and looks good. As a freelancer who relocated to Wigtownshire two years ago, she is passionate about the area she now calls home and loves nothing more than exploring the coast, forest and hills of Galloway accompanied by a gang of wet, muddy Labradors.

Catherine Major

Catherine Major

Wild Film Fayre Co-ordinator

Catherine is our Wild Film Fayre intern. She is a community artist with a passion for plants, illustration, storytelling and folklore. She runs projects that allow people to reconnect with nature through creativity. Her natural habitat is by the hills and rivers of Moffat, where she is helping to develop her family’s permaculture smallholding.

Mhairi Valentine

Mhairi Valentine

Events Liaison

Mhairi is one of our intern team who will play a key role in making the festival a success. Her work will include liaising with our line-up of special guests. She is currently in the final of a degree in filmmaking and screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland. Her ambition is to raise awareness of the wildlife in Dumfries and Galloway and to promote its conservation through film.

Bethan Thompson

Bethan Thompson

Intern

Bethan Thompson, from Canonbie, has always loved photography and is now turning a hobby into something more. As the WFFS photographic intern she will play a key role in documenting the festival and everything that takes place in the lead-up to the event.
So visitors will doubtless see her at our events – and many of them will doubtless end up being pictured by her. Coming from such a beautiful part of the world it’s no surprise that she is particularly attracted to landscape and outdoor work. Currently she is studying photography HNC at Dumfries and Galloway College and hopes one day to have a career as a photographer.

Rose Howie

Rose Howie

Intern

With a love of film, the nature and travel Rose Howe is very much in tune with the WFFS core themes of wild places, amazing journeys and rewilding. Trained as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher she has worked as far afield as China, Italy, France and Germany.

Currently based in Creetown, Rose has previously been a volunteer for Cree Valley Community Woodland Trust (based at Kirroughtree) which does great work in conserving the woodlands.

For the past six years she has been a guide at Creetown Heritage Museum. Her volunteering work has also taken her to the Alès International Film Festival and Sundance London. Despite all her international experience Rose has a deep love for Dumfries and Galloway and wants to promote the region and all it has to offer.