I’m Yvonne Conchie. Hello!
I always find it difficult to describe what I do, so here’s what some other people have said:
Nick Mason from Northumberland Wildlife Trust said “you’re a dot joiner – you get both the big picture and the fine detail, and you see the opportunities and help make the connections happen.”
In 2020, Rev Dr Helen Savage from the Blanchland Abbey Project said “Thank you Yvonne, you came in to the huge gap left by [the previous project manager] and made it your own, but even more importantly made it ever more firmly ours. Your wisdom, honesty and passion have been a massive inspiration to us. The way you were able to work with us on a project you hadn’t shaped is truly remarkable and we can’t wait to work with you on the Four A’s Project as soon as we have the green light to move forward..”
and Kim Hobson who co-ordinated the Nenthead Chapel project said “Employing Yvonne is like calling in the reinforcement guard! You get the feeling that there’s a whole ‘other’ working with you and willing you to succeed. Yvonne threw herself into our project, bringing insight and clarity in a subtle and considerate kind of way. She is a font of knowledge and entirely professional. We would thoroughly recommend her.”
As a contemporary Conchie (it is my real name!), I think carefully about the work I choose to do – strong influences are permaculture and rewilding, local distinctiveness, digital solutions, low carbon living and collaborating for resilience. I think we have lessons to learn from nature and from the past that we can reapply in our futures, and that our rural landscapes and the communities that care for them, are essential for the wellbeing of everyone in a climate changed future.
If I remember I’ll post links to media stories referencing my work here.