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.

Richard Powell OBE - Vice Chair

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.

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.

Sarah Dawkins

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.

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

Michael has 20 years’ experience sitting on a wide range of charity boards, particularly in the conservation sector. This has given him a deep insight into charity governance, finance and strategy. He is a past trustee of Butterfly Conservation and Scottish Wildlife Trust. He is a trustee of Wimbledon and Putney Commons, a charity set up 150 years ago to protect and preserve London’s biggest unbuilt on and unenclosed wild space. In his professional life, Michael trained as a journalist and has worked at the top level of management in the media sector. He is now lucky enough to live 100 yards from one of the capital’s biggest and most visited SSSIs with his wife, Claire, and their teenage daughter and witnesses the joy nature brings to hundreds of people every day.

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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