Joan Edwards joined The Wildlife Trusts as their first marine conservation officer in 1987
Joan Edwards trained as a marine biologist at Bangor University and was the first conservation member of a Sea Fisheries Committee in 1992.
Joan was made aware of the damage to Lyme Bay reefs by local fisherman in 1994 and was behind the government’s landmark announcement of the Lyme Bay protected area in 2007. She was instrumental in the development of the Marine and Coastal Access Act and led the NGOs’ collective campaign to get it through parliament. Most recently Joan is on the review panel of Highly Protected Marine Areas in English Waters.