Steve founded R4C in January 1997 and was its Chief Executive until 2018. He continues to support the company’s management team, as well as working in a Principal Consultant role. He is passionate about effective stakeholder engagement in decision-making, bringing a creative approach to participatory processes for people’s involvement. He is a natural resources specialist, always enthusiastic to connect people with the natural world. He has worked extensively across the UK and overseas, cross-fertilising ideas and promoting networking and shared learning.

Steve Evison

Core competencies

  • Over 30 years’ experience of designing and delivering engagement processes to ensure effective engagement of stakeholders in decision-making, from grassroots to strategic levels, with a wide range of interactive and participatory approaches.
  • Talented facilitator, able to think quickly and work sensitively to bring about sound decision-making in a group, and deal with conflict.
  • Organisational development and leadership, built from experience in employed, voluntary and advisory positions, with particular interest in mentoring and training.
  • Excellent understanding of natural resources management, based on many years’ work, both hands-on and advisory, with a wide variety of organisations from local community and voluntary groups to government departments.
  • Many years’ experience of rural and community development in the UK and overseas.

Career highlights

22 years with R4C, encompassing a wide range of contracts and clients, including Defra, Welsh Government, Heritage Lottery funded programmes, Natural Resources Wales, Practical Action, Canal and Rivers Trust, City of London Corporation.

Voluntary positions with Concern Worldwide (managing a rural development project in Tanzania), Birdlife International (designing and delivering a participatory project design process in Tanzania), Self Help Africa (former trustee), Carreghofa Community Council (former Councillor), Montgomery Wildlife Trust (former trustee), Arkleton Trust (trustee).

Early career development focussed on environmental management and conservation, including positions with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and National Trust.

Other stuff

Steve has a passion for the natural world, spending time out walking and exploring, as well as encouraging others to connect more with nature. He has run a smallholding on the Shropshire/Wales border for the last 10 years and is now setting up a new initiative, Nearly Wild Exploration (

Steve’s recent projects include: