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Buglife is governed by a board of voluntary trustees who are elected at the Buglife Annual General Meeting, here is a short guide to our current board.

Dr. Stewart Clarke

Trustee, freshwater specialist at the National Trust

Mark Felton

Trustee, retired Director Land Management Development at Natural England

Richard Forster

Trustee,

Dr. Rachel Hooper

Trustee, university operations director

Hien Luong

Trustee, investment banker

Dr. Scot Mathieson

Trustee,

Angus McCullough QC

Trustee, practising barrister

Julie Smith

Trustee

Helen Franklin

ex-officio Secretary, retired RSPB Office Manager

Prof. Steve Ormerod

Chairman

Chris Spreadbury

Treasurer

Hayley Coristine

Trustee

 


Dr. Stewart Clarke

Stewart is a freshwater ecologist with over 15 years of experience working in nature conservation. He is the National Freshwater Specialist for the National Trust and has previously worked in freshwater, catchment management and ecosystem services for Natural England and its predecessor English Nature. Stewart is keen to find new ways of making society see the importance of nature conservation and was seconded to the Natural Capital Committee Secretariat as a Scientific Advisor in 2013.

 

Stewart maintains strong links with the research community through a Visiting Research position at Queen Mary, University of London and as a member of the editorial board for the Journal for Nature Conservation. He has previously served as a Trustee for the Freshwater Biological Association and is currently a member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s peer review college. He is keen to help Buglife better connect with the research and policy communities and raise the profile of invertebrate conservation with these groups. 


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.


Mark Felton (Chairman)

Mark retired in August 2012 as Director Land Management Development at Natural England.  His desire to continue contributing to taking nature conservation forward brought him to Buglife. Mark uses his experience in corporate governance to ensure effective controls and systems are in place.

 

Mark’s career in nature conservation has had a theme of engagement with agricultural policy. He led teams working on influencing agricultural policy since 1986. He also led on developing monitoring programmes as well as the wider delivery challenge as Regional Director for English Nature and Natural England. He has experience of the broad leadership and operation of organisations, covering governance experience, with roles in Human Resources and some aspects of Communications. As Strategy Director for English Nature he led the process of linking strategy to the wider governance process that linked the role of the Council through delegated authority to delivery on the ground.

 

He holds a BA in Agriculture and Forest Sciences from Oxford University and an MSC in Agricultural Economics.

 

Mark is very active enjoying sailing, and giving lectures to local history societies.


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, currently 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 our consulting company Buglife Services


Hien Luong (Treasurer)

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.  He is involved in a series of multi-million pound Equities Cash trading projects to help ensure Natixis meets our client’s needs for both vanilla and exotic products.

 

Hien spent several years living in the Far East and it was in Hong Kong where his partner became involved in conservation and scientific research which led Hien to gain greater awareness and involvement in environmental issues affecting wildlife in the region.  After leaving Hong Kong, he went to live in Vietnam for a year and spent a lot of this time enjoying the wildlife and jungles of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.  It was here he also became a keen scuba diver, which once again highlighted issues of concern with the environment.

 

Hien joined the Buglife team during in a backdrop of immense financial instability, so it was one of his immediate tasks to ensure we could mitigate the financial risks posed to Buglife as much as was possible.  To this end, we decided to transfer the majority of our savings to an account offering full protection as it was fully nationalised with explicit government support in the event of default.  It also offered very high interest rates given the low levels offered by the central banks.  The rest of our savings were tweaked to ensure we could recover all of the amounts in the event of another 100 year worst case event.

 

Hien volunteers for another charity, called ORCA.  They are also going through change involving the setting up of a new office, the change of legal status with Companies House and the hiring of additional staff.  Hien has been involved in ensuring that the charity has the resources to implement these changes in addition to delivering regular commitments of ensuring that scientific research projects go ahead on schedule.


Dr. Scot Mathieson

Principal Conservation Policy Officer at Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Fellow of the Society of Biology, Chartered Biologist, marine biological doctorate and highly experienced ecological advisor (25 years), particularly on the interaction between environmental regulation and nature conservation; strongly committed to protecting and improving the environment.  Wide range of skills and experience in nature conservation and science policy, advice provision and research management. Developed operational procedures, policies, strategies, guidance, research and decision-support tools (e.g. APIS, www.apis.ac.uk) to ensure compliance of environmental regulatory systems with nature conservation legislation. Represented SEPA widely on working, expert advisory and steering groups and forums, including government liaison groups at Scottish, UK and European levels.


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

Helen started volunteering with Buglife in the spring of 2011, initially as admin support to the Board, arranging the meetings, booking the venues and taking and distributing the minutes and then in late 2013 becoming a Trustee on the Board until standing down in 2017, but still very much organising the admin side of things.

 

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 and all its project work and also the 5 reserves in the region.  In her “spare” time, she has also spent several happy years studying for a degree with the Open University, mainly in the fields of Geology and Environmental Science.  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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