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The FBA offers a number of career pathways for those interested in freshwater and otherwise. Have a look below at some of our current employee testimonials, to see some examples of what working at the Freshwater Biological Association is like! 

Tim Ashberry

Property and Estates Manager
Appointed: 2015

"My earlier career was dominated by the National Trust where I worked as a Ranger in the Lake District and latterly Property Manager for the Eastern Lakes portfolio. My passion was the countryside and environment and I was fortunate enough to be involved in a great number of agricultural environmental projects funded through the Environmentally Sensitive Area scheme during its infancy in the 1990s and beyond. After some time away from my real field of interest, it was with great satisfaction that I returned in 2015 by joining the FBA. Since then I have been involved in a great many things, from maximising rental income from the Estate, to developing and managing our holiday cottage portfolio."

Lesley Hadwin

Business Manager

Appointed: 2017

"I first encountered the FBA as a child. An exciting school trip brought us to this imposing mansion on the shores of Windermere. Inside fabulous 3D exhibits, housed in grand rooms guided us through the strange and exotic fish, flora and fauna to be found within the deep waters of our lakes and rivers. When the opportunity arose to visit again as a potential Office manager, I was eager to do so. I was lucky enough to be offered the job and after two and a half years still count myself lucky. Now as business manager no two days are the same. I work within a fantastic team of diverse individuals who bring different skills together, giving life to the FBA's vision. We encounter interesting and very knowledgeable people on our journey and with their help, train others, make that knowledge available through our publications and website, and build a like minded membership who all have the interests of freshwater and its fascinating flora and fauna at heart."

Tracy Fawcett

Administration & Finance Assistant 

Appointed: 2018

"Working at the FBA is a refreshing change from any other job I’ve had, at times challenging but always in a happy, warm, relaxed atmosphere with a great team spirit between my colleagues. I have learned many new skills during my short time here and been enlightened to topics I never knew existed, this has certainly made me more aware and given me a better understanding and knowledge of the ecology and conservation of my surroundings."

Martin Shepherd

Facilities Manager

Appointed: July 2016

"The work is varied and interesting with a healthy degree of autonomy. The opportunity to spend time working outside is a plus at both the Windermere site and the River Lab site in Dorset. FBA has encouraged me to get involved in the Ark scientific project which has been a great experience, but above all, the colleagues I work with coupled with the location of the site make working for the FBA a pleasure."