Dr Caroline Jessel was until November 2017 the NHS England Lead for the South Regional Sustainability and Health Network. She has been a GP for 30 years in Kent and has always had a strong interest in the relationship between the environment and health. She is the chair of the Kent Nature Partnership and a Trustee of Kent Wildlife Trust, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the Wealden Literary Festival. She is very interested in the challenges of creatively addressing root causes of both physical and mental health difficulties while utilising and benefitting the natural environment.
She is the chair and founder of a charity in Kent, Dandelion Time, which has an innovative approach to helping children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, making therapeutic use of nature www.dandeliontime.org.uk