Board and Trustees

A full list of the Buglife Board and Trustees.

Buglife Trustees

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.

Hayley Coristine

Hayley is a nature lover and freelance communications specialist helping ethical and environmentally-minded organisations tell their stories. She has a background in environmental management and has worked for PR agencies as well as in-house, notably at the Soil Association, where she campaigned for better food and farming practices in the UK.

Sarah Dawkins

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

Michael Johnston

Angus McCullough QC

Angus McCullough studied zoology at Oxford University and then worked as a safari guide in Zambia before turning to law. He qualified as a barrister in 1990 and was appointed as a QC in 2010, practising in a variety of civil law disciplines, including healthcare, environmental law, and national security. He maintains his interest in natural history, both on land and in water, and has co-authored papers on hoverflies and butterflies, in particular on the fauna of the Outer Hebrides and Madeira. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Geographical Society.

Prof. Steve Ormerod

Steve is a leading invertebrate conservation scientist based at Cardiff University, and an authority on the conservation of freshwater invertebrates, he has had extensive experience on committees and boards of public bodies and NGOs, including recently being the Chair of the RSPB.

Richard Powell

Richard is an advisor on Charities, the environment and sustainability. Richard previously spent 28 years as Regional Director of the RSPB and Regional Director for the National Trust in the East of England. During this time, he oversaw the acquisition of 1000’s of Hectares of land and managed project teams to create over 10000 Ha of new nature reserves. Richard was Chair of the Region’s Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for 9 years, a Founding Board director for EEDA working on Renewable energy, sustainability and Rural Affairs. He was Chair of Sustainability East and the Sustainable Development Round Table before that. Richard has been Vice Chair of IEMA the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors. He was awarded an OBE for his work in the Environment and Sustainability in June 2005 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors.

Dr Eugenie Regan

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.

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.

Julie Smith

20 years of international HR experience in various sectors, including FMCG, telecoms, IT, and banking. Specialising in HR strategy and connecting it with commercial operations, start-ups, leading transformational change projects, improving engagement and performance delivery. Strong relationship builder at all levels, successful at bringing people together across organisational boundaries and diverse cultures. Experienced in international expansion and restructuring.

Chris Spreadbury

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.

Helen Franklin

Helen is ex-officio secretary to the Board having started volunteering with Buglife in the spring of 2011, initially as admin support to the Board and then in late 2013 becoming a Trustee on the Board until standing down in 2017. Before she retired in 2014, Helen worked for 14 years at the RSPB’s Midlands Office in Banbury in the role of Office Manager and with a heavy involvement in budgeting and accounts for the office. She is also a dedicated BTO ringer and spends at least two days a week with colleagues of the Northants Ringing Group in and around Pitsford Reservoir.

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