The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust (GWT) has announced Ruth Kerr has moved to the new role of Communications Manager with the charity.
Ruth joined GWT as a volunteer in 2009 and in 2011 established their first social media presence with Facebook. She began working in a freelance capacity for GWT in 2019. Today the charity is active across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
A keeper’s daughter originally from Dumfries & Galloway, she also lived on estates in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders with her family. CEO Helen Benson says ‘We are delighted Ruth has agreed to become our Communications Manager. She has worked tirelessly for us for many years as a volunteer and social media manager and always delivers a first class service, liaising with other organisations and producing imaginative and excellent material in a most professional and knowledgeable manner. Her background as a Keeper’s daughter and in community engagement give her an insight and sensitivity which is invaluable to GWT’.
Ruth’s work to date has mainly focussed on managing some of the charity’s social media accounts, and in 2019 she was responsible for planning much of the Raising the Game Survey which ran 2019 – 2020. She compiled and reported the results in 2020, with the Scottish Government citing some of the findings in their own 2020 research into the employment rights of gamekeepers . The Raising the Game findings have helped inform GWT’s ongoing support and work with gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies and their families.
Her new role will see her producing GWT media releases and newsletters, as well as continuing to manage social media accounts.
When she’s not working for GWT, Ruth works freelance in the museums and heritage sector, producing learning and engagement programmes and exhibition content. She’s also a trained Forest School Leader and volunteers weekly with a charity helping deliver Forest School opportunities.