Meet the team

Management Team


Andy Atkins
SteveHughes350 Andy has been described as ‘one of the leading environmentalists’. He most recently led Friends of The Earth. Andy previously worked with Catholic international development charities CAFOD and Progressio, then set up Tearfund’s policy and campaigns work. He was a founder of the 2005 Make Poverty History campaign.

Churches & Theology Director

Ruth Valerio
RuthValerio350 Ruth holds a PhD for research into simplicity and consumerism, which led to her book 'Just Living'. She develops the theological thinking behind A Rocha UK’s work, and with an expert team created the Eco Church award scheme. You can follow Ruth’s blog at

Conservation Director

Andy Lester
AndyLester350 Andy is a Chartered Environmentalist, with a background in ecology, economics and the corporate sector. With the assistance of specialist staff, interns and community volunteers, Andy has led conservation work at A Rocha UK's nature reserves Wolf Fields and Foxearth.