Maria Golightly

Associate Consultant

Maria began her career in the private sector, but over the last 15 years has worked in the third sector, predominantly with Communities assisting them with Environmental and Nature projects to improve Health and Wellbeing.

She joined Richard Newton Consulting (RNC) in January 2020 and combines this with her role for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority where she implements the Nature Recovery Action Plan through the Local Nature Partnership.

Before joining the consultancy, Maria worked for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew where she ran the Grow Wild Programme in Wales.  She also worked in Eastern Uganda on an Agro-Forestry project focusing on in the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Climate Action and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Maria was the Programme Manager of the Welsh Government’s Delivering Low Carbon Skills Programme.  She has also worked at The Prince’s Trust in a fundraising capacity.

Maria is interested in the use of outdoor spaces and the positive impacts on communities and cities in order that they can be transformed to address and adapt to climate change and other environmental challenges whilst enhancing human health and wellbeing.

She is a Bee Friendly Champion on behalf of the Welsh Government which involves working with communities to enable them to take positive action for Pollinators.


Courses in Rewilding, Place-Based Citizen-Science, Management Planning for Nature Conservation, Sustainability and Adaptation for Cities and Communities


Maria has sat and sits on a variety of committees and boards including Cardiff Naturalist Society, Glamorgan Fungus Group, Ramblers Cymru, Tiger Bay Ramblers.

Out of Office

Maria spends much of her free time in hiking boots, usually up a mountain, or photographing plants, animals and fungi.