Ken Johnstone
MSc in Conservation Management, 2016

A woodland scene under dappled sunlight.

After realising a career in banking wasn’t for him, mature student Ken Johnstone decided to move into conservation, a subject closer to his heart but one in which he had little relevant experience.

To address this and make his dream career change a reality, Ken enrolled on the MSc programme at Edge Hill and, a year later, secured a job with Natural England, the Government’s advisor for the natural environment, before he had even graduated. As a Terrestrial Biodiversity Advisor in the New Forest Team. Ken is responsible for a variety of activities in the area including species management, development project planning, and countryside stewardship applications.

“Without the MSc qualification I wouldn’t have gained my current employment. My main focus is to make the New Forest resilient to ever increasing social and environmental pressures, and I feel that Edge Hill has given me the skills to do this.”

Ken Johnstone