Advisory Group

The Leadership Group benefits from guidance from the network’s Advisory Group, which includes writer and scholar Zakiya Mckenzie, Harvey Wilkinson (National Trust) and representatives from our three project partners: the John Muir Trust, Girls on Hills and Pelvic Roar. For more information about these individuals at the heart of Women In The Hills, please see below.

Advisory Group Members:

Emma Brockwell

Emma Brockwell is a Specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist.  She treats women of all ages with all women’s health related conditions. She is passionate about pre and postnatal rehabilitation. She specialises in enabling women back to exercise, particularly running if they have any pelvic health dysfunction or are postnatal. She has co-authored the first ‘Returning to Running Postnatal Guidelines’ and has spoken about this subject at many medical and exercise conferences. Emma has written for many magazines including Women’s Running and Women’s Health magazine and is writing a book. Emma is also the co-founder of Pelvic Roar, a physiotherapy-led collaboration aiming to promote and unite all things ‘pelvic health’. She is on the advisory board for The Active Pregnancy Foundation. She works at The Halos Clinic in Oxted, Surrey and Body Logic Health in Battersea, London. Pelvic Roar is one of three project partners to Women In The Hills.

Isobel Filor

Izzy Filor is the East Schiehallion Conservation Officer at the John Muir Trust and is based on the Perthshire Munro, Schiehallion. Whilst at work she can normally be found tree planting, monitoring wildlife or running work parties with volunteers or school groups. Izzy has recently completed an MSc which focused on Scottish montane scrub – a rare and deteriorating upland ecosystem. She’s now focusing her work with the John Muir Trust on ways we can restore trees and scrub to mountainous areas across the properties the Trust cares for.

Izzy is a keen bikepacker, skier and hill walker. When not working, she’s generally riding a bicycle somewhere in the Scottish Highlands.

John Muir Trust is one of three project partners to Women In The Hills.

Zakiya Mckenzie

Zakiya Mckenzie is a PhD student at the University of Exeter, whose research explores literary archives to better understand Black British journalism in post-Empire Windrush Britain. This, after a childhood in Jamaica and an MRes in Environment, Energy and Resilience on the Caribbean country of Guyana, has given her a unique viewpoint on the position of ethnic minority communities in the UK. Zakiya is a volunteer at Ujima 98FM and a Bristol Green and Black Ambassador, tasked with closing the gap between Afro-Caribbean Bristolians and the city’s environmental sector. Their most popular activities are nature writing and photography trips that invite youngsters and families to explore woodland, wetland, farm and hillside. In 2019 she was chosen as Writer in Residence for the Forestry Commission to celebrate its centenary. She writes about her experiences as a woman in the forest, of climate change, memory and otherness. Her website is and you can follow her on Twitter @zakiyamedia

Keri Wallace

Dr Keri Wallace is a trail running guide and Co-Director of project partner Girls on Hills Ltd. She is a qualified summer mountain leader, emergency outdoor first-aider and rock climbing instructor, working in the Scottish Highlands. Through Girls on Hills, Keri strives to empower women with the skills and confidence necessary to become independent in the mountain environment. The company also seeks to reduce the gender-gap in participation that exists in trail/mountain running in the UK. Girls on Hills is sponsored by Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports and supported by Inov-8 and Harvey Maps. Girls on Hills guides are also part of the test-team for Bridgedale Socks.

Keri has been a competitive trail, fell and skurunner for over a decade and was selected for the UK Skyrunning Team in 2018. She provides expert editorial for Trail Running Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, UKClimbing/UKHillwalking and Red Bull. 

Keri has a scientific research background with a degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Neurobiology from Cambridge University. 

Girls on Hills Ltd. is one of three project partners to Women In The Hills.

Harvey Wilkinson

Harvey Wilkinson is the National Trust Curator for the Lake District.  The Trust cares for one fifth of the Lake District’s land; its woods, pleasure grounds, villas and gardens, and of course mountains. Harvey’s role is in the conservation and development of this incredible asset, as well as articulating the significance and relevance of these places to the public.  

Harvey has been an alpine runner, sea kayaker and local fell runner for over thirty years, with an interest in sustainable access to our mountains and lakes.