Meet the BEE Team - Kirsty Wilmot
This month we meet Kirsty Wilmot, one of the newest Graduate Advisors on the BEE Anglia project based in Suffolk.
What’s your favourite thing about BEE Anglia?
It’s a very friendly and competent team, who are happy to help with all my questions as I settle in. That and the fact that the office is a 10 minute cycle from my door, which is heaven.
What did you do before working at BEE Anglia?
Prior to joining Groundwork I worked for a community development charity for 6 years, advising charities and social enterprises on funding and governance, and formerly running a local food project, helping community groups set up community gardens, orchards and pig and chicken co-ops. In my 20s I worked in parliament - in Brussels and Westminster - as a political researcher and renewable energy advocate. When I moved to Suffolk in 2009 I worked for the local council giving energy efficiency advice and running insulation schemes, whilst completing my MSc part time in ecology. I love learning and BEEA provides another opportunity for that, which I know I’ll enjoy.
What would you be doing if you weren’t at BEE Anglia?
Digging at one of my allotments with my two tiny gardeners-in-training, Leon (4) and Rosa (2). I also run an Incredible Edible community garden on my road and am part of a community farm and orchard, which keep me sane away from computers and spreadsheets. I love the community spirit in Ipswich; it’s so diverse and there are so many local environmental projects to get involved with here.
What’s your favourite place in the world?
A coastal town called Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu (Southern India), where I lived for 6 months. It’s a former French colony so a lovely mix pastel painted rooftop restaurants oozing European charm, with the hustle and bustle people usually associate with India. My office had a gang of resident monkeys greeting me at the end of the day, and an Elephant called Lakshmi lived at the temple down the road. Hoi An in Vietnam is a close second, brimming with colourful lanterns and heritage. In the UK Suffolk wins hands down of course.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
For a long time I’ve been trying to go vegan but my guilty pleasure is butter. My partner would say it’s saying up late reorganising my tea cupboard. I am trying to cut down but I have A LOT of tea.
If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Being able to travel without a carbon footprint. I’ve managed to boycott air-travel completely for the last 5 years but I still have a big bucket list to tick off!
Tell us something about you that we couldn’t guess
Before I had children (and loads of energy) my husband and I won the UK Wife-Carrying Championships. Alas, we couldn’t make it to the World Championships in Finland but being UK Champions was good enough!
Thanks Kirsty - head back next month to meet another member of the team.