Governance

BTO Council is ultimately responsible for all matters of the BTO. Because the BTO is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, its members are Directors as well as Trustees. It delegates tasks and matters of detail to other committees and to the Senior Management Team, leaving it time to deal with primarily strategic matters. Council meets four times a year, in March, July, October and December.

The Regional Network Committee (RNC) is responsible for planning and supervising a long-term programme of volunteer surveys, ensuring that the concerns of survey workers are addressed in survey planning and evaluation, and monitoring prompt feedback to them. It appoints Regional Representatives and liaises with the Surveys Team in supervising Regional and Country RepresentativesThe Chairman of RNC sits on Council and is supported on the committee by two members of Council and six other members. It meets twice a year (the second meeting is held at the discretion of the Chairman).

The Ringing Committee (RIN) is responsible for the ringing operations of the BTO. The Chairman of RIN sits on Council and is supported by two members of Council, four members elected by ringers and two other members. It meets twice a year. RIN currently has three sub-committees: Ringing Standards Select Committee, Cannon-netting Technical Panel and the Special Methods Technical Panel.

.Council

Chris Packham

President - Chris Packham

Posessing an early interest in wildlife, Chris studied Kestrels, Shrews and Badgers as an undergraduate at the Zoology department of Southampton University. He then trained as a wildlife film cameraman, and is still an avid wildlife photographer. Chris has had a successful career as a writer and presenter of wildlife programming, contributing to our shared understanding and appreciation for nature and biodiversity. In 2010 Chris was awarded the Dilys Breese BTO Medal for ‘his outstanding work in promoting science to new audiences’. In 2014 Chris became the President of the BTO in 2014, a position he will hold for four years.

Jennifer Gill

Chairman of council - Prof. Jennifer Gill

Jennifer Gill is Professor of Applied Ecology at the University of East Anglia. She has been a BTO member for over 25 years, and is a ringer, regular BirdTracker and BBS volunteer. She has previously served as President of the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) and chaired the BOU Ibis Journal Committee.

Ian Packer

Honorary Treasurer - Ian Packer

Ian is a chartered accountant, company director and keen birder. He has commercial, financial and managerial experience gained from careers in practice and industry across many sectors, including audit, corporate finance, investment banking and manufacturing. A former voluntary finance director of the journal ‘British Birds’ and present BTO Benefactor, Ian has been a BTO member for over forty years. Birds have been a lifelong passion and he enjoys travelling to see birds in new environments.

Frances Hurst

Honary Secretary - Frances Hurst

Ms Frances Hurst runs an organisational development consultancy in the UK voluntary sector, helping charities work more effectively with their people. She was Director of Marketing at RSPB throughout the nineties, with responsibility for fundraising and membership development.

Ian Bainbridge

Dr Ian Bainbridge

Ian is a Former Chief Ecological Adviser for the Scottish Government and Head of Science at Scottish Natural Heritage. Ian worked in conservation ecology for thirty five years, previously with RSPB and Northumberland Wildlife Trust. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management. Ian was chair of the UK Scientific Working Group on Special Protection Areas for fifteen years, and of the recent Review of the Guidelines for Biological SSSIs. A ringer for 45 years, Ian Chairs the Ringing Committee.

Fiona Barclay

Fiona Barclay

Dr Fiona Barclay is the managing director of NatureGuides Ltd (formerly BirdGuides Ltd). She has produced scores of apps for mobile devices, and runs a digital consultancy for classical music.

Stuart Bearhop

Stuart is an ecologist with a range of interests mainly related to migration and foraging ecology of vertebrates and the application of stable isotope techniques in animal ecology. He is Professor of Animal Ecology, University of Exeter, and the author of over 120 scientific papers. He has marked birds all over the world, and has dedicated many years to working on the East Canadian High Arctic Light-bellied Brent Goose.

Roger Dickey

Lt. Col. Roger Dickey

Roger has conducted seabird surveys on Diego Garcia, riverine survey expeditions in West Africa and is an Ascension Island Ocean Sanctuary Project partner, studying sooty terns for 25 years. He chairs the Army Ornithological Society and Somerset Ornithological Society and is a ringing A permit holder. He served on the BTO Council and Regional Network Committee for four years from 2009 to 2012 and is currently a trustee of the BTO Pension and Assurance Scheme.

 

Andrew Henderson

Andrew worked for Kent Wildlife Trust before embarking on a career in the 1970s/80s as a freelance consultant, with projects ranging from environmental assessments of development schemes to research and survey of birds and vegetation. While still engaged in consultancy, Andrew manages a farm in Lincolnshire, where the improvement of bird diversity and numbers is important. Andrew writes for Kent and Lincolnshire bird reports, and participates in many BTO surveys.

Steve Hunter

Dr Stephen Hunter

Stephen has been a BTO member and bird ringer for 45 years. A Zoology degree and Antarctic seabird research was followed by a Civil Service career with MAFF/Defra.  He served on BTO Council for nine years, including four as Chairman.  Now retired, Stephen spends time ringing in his North Yorkshire orchard and doing local surveys.

David Jardine

David Jardine

David lives in mid-Argyll, where he works for the Forestry Commission. He has served as a Regional Representative, Atlas Organiser and previously served on BTO Council between 1991–94. He has served as Chairman of Highland RSG, on the Council of RSPB and President of the SOC. However, he is happiest in the field and contributes to BBS, WEBS, RAS and raptor ringing.

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

A biology graduate, Chris carried out research into salmon and sea trout for the Salmon Research Trust of Ireland. He subsequently joined the National Rivers Authority and then Environment Agency. Posts included Head of Wildlife, Recreation and Marine and Director of Environment Agency Wales. Most recently, Chris was Director of Resource Management for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Chris is also a former Council member of the RSPB and currently member of RSPB Cymru Advisory Committee.

David Parker

David Parker

David is an ecologist and environmental manager with a career covering both environmental consultancy and the statutory nature conservation sector. He has a lifelong love of birds and the places where they live, and is particularly interested in the Dee Estuary where he has been a WeBS recorder for almost 40 years.

Debby Reynolds

Debby Reynolds

Debby has a strong record on effective governance to help organisations deliver successfully on their vision and strategy. She has been a member of BTO for 20 years and is an enthusiastic world birder. As Chief Veterinary Officer and DG Animal Health at Defra, Debby was the Government’s media spokesperson on veterinary issues and primary adviser to the Prime Minister on avian influenza, for which she was awarded the CB.

Nick Sherwin

Nick Sherwin

Nick’s professional career was with the major international law firm Clifford Chance LLP, where he introduced the provision of pro bono legal advice for a major conservation organisation. He is a trustee director of conservation charity The Murray Downland Trust, and has travelled internationally in support of conservation and other charities. He is a churchwarden, enthusiastic gardener and looks after his own wildflower meadow.

Jean Spencer

Jean Spencer

Jean is an executive director of Anglian Water, with a current focus on strategic growth and resilience. Jean has worked for water companies for almost thirty years - the last thirteen as Regulation Director. Jean is a Chartered Accountant by background.

Keith Betton

Vice-president - Keith Betton

Keith is a freelance public relations consultant, having previously spent most of his career acting as the UK travel industry’s lead spokesman working at ABTA. His areas of experience are in media, government relations, market research, advertising and commercial negotiation. Keith has been a birder and BTO member since a child, and still contributes to BTO surveys. He is the Assistant County Recorder for Hampshire and Chairman of Hampshire Ornithological Society.

Tim Birkhead

Vice-president - Tim Birkhead

Tim is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His research focuses on bird populations, reproduction, and the history of science. Tim's research has changed the way we think about bird mating systems. He has published many research papers and fifteen books and is the recipient of awards for his scientific research, history of science research, undergraduate teaching and public outreach

John O'Halloran

Vice-president - John O'Halloran

John is the Vice-President for Teaching & Learning and Professor of Zoology at University College Cork.  He has published over 260 research papers and a number of books.  John is an ornithologist with an interest in birds, particularly swans and dippers, and also in forest ecology, having led a large number of research projects in these fields.  He is active birdwatcher, IWEBS counter, ringer and bird researcher in Ireland.

Ian Owens

Vice-president - Ian Owens

Ian is Director of Science at the Natural History Museum, with responsibility for collections, research and science facilities. Personal research based on a combination of experimental, phylogenetic and molecular approaches to study the evolutionary ecology of vertebrates, particularly birds. Current areas of particular interest include: large-scale patterns of biodiversity; ecological impacts of climate change; genetics of wild populations; speciation and diversification; phylogeny and ecology of extinction.

Andrew Watkinson

Vice-president - Andrew Watkinson

Andrew is an Emeritus Professor of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia and a Non-Executive Director of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. Previously he was Director of Living With Environmental Change and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. A keen coastal ecologist he has worked on a range of interdisciplinary ornithological studies involving geese and waders.

.Regional Network Committee

Roger Dickey

Chariman: Lt. Col. Roger Dickey

Roger has conducted seabird surveys on Diego Garcia, riverine survey expeditions in West Africa and is an Ascension Island Ocean Sanctuary Project partner, studying sooty terns for 25 years. He chairs the Army Ornithological Society and Somerset Ornithological Society and is a ringing A permit holder. He served on the BTO Council and Regional Network Committee for four years from 2009 to 2012 and is currently a trustee of the BTO Pension and Assurance Scheme.

Rob Chapman

Rob Chapman

Rob has been Regional Representative for Yorkshire (York) and a Regional Organiser for BBS and other surveys since 1999, including Bird Atlas 2007–11. Birder and BTO surveyor, Rob has a background in Information Technology with a degree in Biology. Rob is a York Ornithological Club committee member; he built and manages the club’s website and on the editorial group to produce the annual report.

Barrie Galpin

Barrie Galpin

Barrie has had a career in education, both working at the chalk-face and producing Open University materials.  He helped re-introduce ospreys at Rutland Water, becoming Northants BTO Regional Representative at the start of the last Atlas in 2007. Barrie enjoys birding in Scotland and Fineshade Wood where he lives.

David Jardine

David Jardine

David lives in mid-Argyll, where he works for the Forestry Commission. He has served as a Regional Representative, Atlas Organiser and previously served on BTO Council between 1991–94. He has served as Chairman of Highland RSG, on the Council of RSPB and President of the SOC. However, he is happiest in the field and contributes to BBS, WEBS, RAS and raptor ringing.

Gordon Kirk

Gordon Kirk

Gordon has a particular interest in surveying and was Gloucestershire’s Atlas Organiser for the national atlas before becoming the Regional Representative. He co-authored “The Birds of Gloucestershire”, published in 2013. Recently he co-founded a local raptor group.

David Parker

David Parker

David is an ecologist and environmental manager with a career covering both environmental consultancy and the statutory nature conservation sector.  David has a lifelong love of birds and the places where they live, with a particular interest in the Dee Estuary where he has been a WeBS recorder for almost 40 years. David is also a member of BTO Council.

Scott Petrek

Scott Petrek

Scott is regional the Representative and WeBS Local Organiser in Staffordshire, having developed an interest in birds with his local Wildlife Trust. He is now working as Reserve Warden at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.  Scott is a keen birder and ringer with a love for waders.

Penny Williams

Penny Williams

Penny has always enjoyed nature. Her growing interest in birds started in 2000, joining BTO Garden Birdwatch. She subsequently took on other BTO surveys (including BBS, WBBS, and WeBS) and became secretary for Surrey Bird Club. She became BTO RR for Surrey in 2009. Penny’s paid work is as a Solicitor doing probate work so getting out is a great break from talking about death!

Claire Young

Claire Young

Claire is Regional Representative and BBS Organiser for Dorset. She is currently working in Salisbury for the Trussell Trust, a national foodbank charity. Claire was previously a Volunteering Officer and Stone-curlew Field Worker for the RSPB. She loves bird watching, nature rambles and wildlife gardening.

.Ringing Committee

Chairman Dr Ian Bainbridge; Prof Stu Bearhop; Mr J Black; Dr Rich Broughton; Mr A V Cross; Dr Stephen Hunter; Prof David Norman; Dr Jen Smart; Dr Ewan Weston.

.Senior Management Team

Director Dr Andy Clements; Director of Science Dr James Pearce-Higgins; Director of Services & Company Secretary Mr Andrew Scott; Associate Director Communications (Engagement) Dr Ieuan Evans; Associate Director Communications (Science) Mr Mike Toms; Associate Director Country Offices Dr Chris Wernham; Associate Director Science (Monitoring) Dr Andy Musgrove; Associate Director Science (Research) Dr Rob Robinson.