The UK LIFE National Contact
Katy has worked at the Joint
Nature Conservation Committee since February 2014. During her time
here she has been predominately focused on European funding and has
provided technical and scientific advice to the previous UK LIFE
National Contact Point, Beta Technology. Whilst at JNCC Katy has
also carried out a 9 month part time secondment to the Defra LIFE
team where her work was focused on building capacity within the UK
and developing a strategic pipeline of LIFE projects within
England. Katy completed her PhD in Ecology in 2013 and has
also worked at Nottingham Wildlife Trust and the University of
Amanda has been working at JNCC since July
2004. Over the last seven years Amanda has worked on a wide
range of European policy areas. Amanda assisted in developing
the JNCC LIFE bid to tackle invasive lionfish in the UK Overseas
Territories as well as providing technical assistance to Beta
Technology, the former LIFE National Contact Point, in the concept
note and pre-screening stage. Amanda attended the European
Commission’s LIFE National Contact Point (NCP) training in June
2015. She has presented at UK LIFE information days and
hosted UK LIFE webinars. For the last 9 years Amanda has been
JNCC’s Environmental Manager. In this role she undertakes
internal auditing, and reviews the organisations legal compliance
and best practice requirements. On completing her degree
Amanda worked in the Countryside Management team at Hertfordshire
County Council. Amanda has a Masters Degree in Global
Environmental Change, Law and Policy from Imperial College and BSc
in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.
Jessica is an international environmental
lawyer with a specialisation in European Union law, and has been
working as JNCC’s European Advisor for the last 10 years. Over the
years Jessica has covered all relevant policy areas including EU
nature and biodiversity legislation, sustainable development, EU
Biodiversity Strategy, institutional affairs and EU LIFE funding.
For four years, Jessica was seconded to Defra’s European and
International Coordination Unit where she coordinated the UK’s
attendance to the EU’s Environment Council meetings and accompanied
the Secretary of State to these meetings.
LIFE: who does what - the UK National Contact Point in
- The European Commission has overall
responsibility for the LIFE programme.
- Within DG Environment, the LIFE
Programme Unit (DG ENV D4) is responsible for LIFE
projects related to nature and biodiversity and all other
policy areas covered by the LIFE sub-programme for the
- DG Climate Action (DG CLIMA) has overall
responsibility for the LIFE sub-programme for Climate
- EASME, the Executive Agency for Small and
Medium-Sized Enterprises, and in particular the LIFE and
Competitiveness and Innovation Framework programme (CIP)
Eco-Innovation Unit (EASME B3) is responsible for managing the
calls for proposals.
- An external contractor, the External Monitoring and
Communications team (NEEMO), closely monitors each ongoing
LIFE project, and is the interface between the LIFE projects and
- The European Investment Bank manages the two
new LIFE financial instruments on behalf of DG Environment and DG
Climate Action, ie the "Natural Capital Financial Facility (NCFF)"
under both LIFE sub-programmes and the "Private Financing for
Energy Efficiency (PF4EE)" under LIFE Climate Action.
- Each EU Member State has a LIFE National Contact
Point (NCP) that is responsible for the LIFE programme at
national level. Amongst others, they provide assistance to
applicants for LIFE projects.
LIFE: the UK National Contact Point
As the UK LIFE NCP we aim to:
- Promote the LIFE programme with information on participation
and annual calls.
- Provide an advisory service for potential UK applicants,
including information and support on developing proposals and a
pre-screening service prior to submission.
- Improve the quality and quantity of applications that are
successful in implementing EU environmental policy in the UK.
- Develop the competence and capacity of prospective applicants
from the UK including from the Overseas Territories and Crown
Dependencies and Gibraltar in their ability to access LIFE
- Assist with clarifying roles and responsibilities of the
beneficiaries in a project, including their respective contractual
relationship with the Commission.
- Provide guidance on producing sufficiently detailed and
realistic estimates of costs and meeting financial