Eco Attractions Group is a collaborative alliance of the UKs leading visitor attractions with a strong environmental theme. We officially represent a range of much loved and hidden gem environmental visitor attractions throughout the UK.
Our members share the common goal of helping to connect people with the natural world to create a more sustainable future. All offer adventure, fantastic events, inspiring interpretation and learning for everyone.
The Group amplifies the work of each member's unique attraction through shared promotion, joint campaigns, project collaboration and pooling of knowledge research and resources.
Eco Attractions Group is a registered Community Interest Company.
People coming together for a sustainable future
Working together to connect people with nature and inspire sustainable living
Emma supports members that collectively engage over 3 million visitors, each year, with the natural world. She is responsible for the day to day management, working with members to develop campaigns, funded projects and partnerships that help raise environmental awareness and promote the mission of the members.
She has a lifelong passion for protecting the natural world with over 22 years experience of developing natural heritage interpretation and visitor centres worldwide including the multi million £ Hong Kong Wetland park and millennium science centres in the UK. She has a background in Marine Biology.
Emma believes it is more important than ever to connect people, in adventurous and playful ways, with the natural world and promote sustainable living. Eco attractions help people develop connections, and create memories, that inspire them to engage with the natural world. She believes pioneering members can support each other by sharing their amazing resources and working together can have greater impact and reach more people.
Adrian is the Company Chair, since 2016, and responsible for leading Eco Attractions Group.
Adrian works on a freelance basis in the sustainability sector, providing senior leadership support to charities and organisations. Previously Adrian was the Chief Executive of the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), one of Eco Attractions founder members. He is also a former Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales and a former Green City Councillor in Norwich.
Adrian has a lifelong passion for sustainability and the natural environment and believes that the threats to the climate and biodiversity are the biggest issues of our time. He feels Eco Attractions Group have a crucial role to play in engaging their visitors with the natural world and visions for a greener future.
Karl Hansen is an elected Vice Chair of Eco Attractions Group and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.
He is the Executive Director of the Trust for Sustainable Living, a leader in global sustainability education. TSL hosts the annual International Schools Essay Competition and Debates, which attract the participation of schools in over 80 countries. TSL also runs the Living Rainforest education centre in Berkshire, which welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year including 25,000 children on curriculum-linked school visits.
Inspiring current and future generations is essential if we want to build a more sustainable world. TSL is pleased to be a founding member of the Eco Attractions Group and work in partnership with other centres to create a healthier planet.
Peter is an elected Company Director of Eco Attractions Group and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.
Peter is The Eden Project Executive Director for Outreach, Development and Campaigns which includes Eden’s biggest educational outreach campaign, The Big Lunch, and was awarded a Member of the Victorian Order by The Queen for his work on the Diamond Jubilee. Prior to this Peter ran Trewidden Nursery and previously spent over 10 years in the advertising industry and working for many well-known businesses such as The Guardian.
Peter believes we all need to reconnect with the environment, and we can’t do this by ourselves! We need organisations like this Group, and collaborative projects, that bring people together making it easier for everyone to take action to protect and love our communities and the environment around them. Instinct to work together and do something good for people and nature is very much at the heart of this Group.
Katharine has recently joined the company directors of EAG and is responsible for supporting the strategic direction and activities of the Executive Director of the group.
She is the Executive Director of Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum a striking heritage landscape, in the heart of Essex, that receives over 40,000 visitors a year.
She has extensive experience in the arts and heritage management and has led on a number of development projects and previously worked for The Royal West of England, BBC Learning, Planet Mark for The Eden Project, Bristol Green Capital and the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
Katharine believes in the positive impact of nature and creativity on our individual and community wellbeing and is passionate about using art and craft to engage everyone with nature.
Company Secretary & Honorary Legal Advice
Richard is a founder of Eco Attractions and was involved in the early negotiations to establish it in 2011. He advises the Group on legal, governance and compliance issues.
In his day job, he is the Head of Legal at The Brooke, having previously acted as Secretary of St John Ambulance.
Richard has extensive experience of the charity sector in various capacities: as Trustee, external advisor, and senior management.
Richard provides all accounting support to Eco Attractions Group and is retired now with a background in farming.
He is supportive of EAG and its members and is passionate about educating and enlightening people about the natural world and the environmental threats we are faced with.