Board and Trustees

A full list of the Buglife Board and Trustees.

Buglife Trustees

Wendy Brooks

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.

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

Hien Luong

Hien has worked in the Investment Banking sector for the past decade but tries to make up for this short-coming by taking a keen interest in and trying to be well versed in all things bio and diverse. Hien currently works in banking for Natixis, travelling between London and Paris on a regular basis. He holds a Masters in Mathematical Trading and Finance and is currently enrolled as a CFA candidate.

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.

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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