James HC Fenton was educated at Glenalmond College near Perth and then
attended Durham University where he studied botany.
His first job was with the British Antarctic Survey, carrying out ecological
research in Antarctica, during which time he gained a doctorate from the
University of London (with a thesis on Antarctic peat).
Following this he worked as an ecology tutor for five years at Brathay in the
English Lake District, and also led expeditions for the Brathay Exploration Group
to Scotland and Spitsbergen.
Thereafter he returned to Scotland as an ecological consultant, during which time
he launched the monthly news digest SCENES. He has also worked as naturalist
for Lindblad Expeditions and led ski expeditions to the Arctic for Arcturus
Expeditions [then Erskine Expeditions].
In 1986 he married Sue Wrenn, herself a seasoned arctic traveller, after they met
on the Spitsbergen icecap. Sue recently retired as editor of SCENES. They have a
In 1991 he joined The National Trust for Scotland as the organisation’s first
Ecologist, where he remained until joining Scottish Natural Heritage in 2005 to
work on landscape policy. In April 2011 James left SNH and in July moved to the
Falkland Islands to be Chief Executive Officer of Falklands Conservation.
James completed his two-year contract with Falklands Conservation in July 2013
and returned to Scotland as a self-employed consultant.
In September 2015 he joined the board of the National Trust for Scotland as an
elected member, and was re-elected four another four years in 2019. He also
editor of the Scottish Wild Land Group’s newsletter Wild Land News.
Dr James Fenton email@example.com
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