Board and Trustees

A full list of the Buglife Board and Trustees.

Buglife Trustees

Dr Eugenie Regan - Chair

Eugenie is a widely respected and published conservation scientist and Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society who has worked in the private sector, government, and international NGOs. Eugenie now leads a division of Springer Nature and sits on the board of two Springer Nature companies. She is a passionate advocate of entomology, conservation, and science.

Sarah Dawkins - Vice Chair

Sarah’s childhood passion for nature led, via degrees in zoology and Natural Resource Management, to a career in conservation. A respected senior leader and conservationist Sarah has extensive experience gained from international expeditions, research, ecological consultancy and various roles with Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and latterly Natural England where she has held leadership roles in both operational and strategy remits. Her career has been characterised by finding innovative solutions using the policy framework to drive change. A qualified coach, she has a particular interest in supporting others to achieve their potential. Sarah is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the sector and a senior champion for LGBTQIA+ within Natural England. Lockdowns in 2020 rekindled Sarah’s childhood fascination with invertebrates.

Chris Spreadbury - Treasurer

Former Director of Finance & Administration at BirdLife International.  Currently freelance.  After graduating with a degree in Zoology at Oxford University, Chris trained in as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in London. He later combined his passion for nature with his business training by building a career in conservation over nearly two decades with BirdLife, where he gained a broad range of knowledge and experience of issues relevant to charities operating in the UK and overseas.

Wendy Brooks

Wendy has a lifelong passion for nature conservation and wildlife. She has a degree in the Biology of plants and animals from Newcastle University. Her early career was spent working for Natural England and its predecessors working in species protection, National geological SSSI notification, Phase 2 upland habitat survey for England and conservation management in East Midlands. Wendy also volunteered as a licensed bat worker and was Secretary for Cambridgeshire Bat Group. Brooks joined the Environment Agency in 1999 as the Regional Conservation Manager for Anglian Region. She moved onto gain experience as a National Flood and Coastal Risk Manager. She’s managed the strategic implementation of Flood and Water Management Act 2010, implemented the first cycle of the Floods Directive and developed ‘working with natural processes’ which has now become known as Natural Flood Management/Nature Based Solutions. Wendy also led the Environment Agency’s work on climate change adaptation across the business. Wendy has been working collaboratively with partners to develop the second National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Strategy for England which has now been published. Wendy leading the implementation of the Strategy within the Environment Agency and with partners. Wendy is a Fellow of CIWEM and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Richard Forster

Highly experienced Transformation Leader and Operations Executive, with extensive experience leading organisation-wide transformation, coupled with front-line leadership experience in a range of senior operational leadership roles. Having built a 25 year career in financial services with Yorkshire Building Society Group, Richard has now moved into the public sector as Director, Operational Excellence, at HMRC.

Dr. Rachel Hooper

An experienced Director, particularly in school and university governance functions, overseeing a diverse portfolio and budgets of up to £50m. Former RAF Senior Business Manager, former Deputy Director of Cambridge University Information Systems. Member/Fellow, Zoological Society of London and has done voluntary wildlife work at Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Dodwell Trust, Madagascar. Rachel represents the Buglife Board of Trustees on the board of Buglife Services

Nina Seale

Nina Seale studied zoology at Edinburgh University and then worked as a safari guide in South Africa before returning to the UK to pursue a career in conservation communications. She has worked for several international conservation organisations on their digital media, print communications and fundraising, and some of her current work is focussed on how to make the environment sector more inclusive.

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