Lucy Rothstein
Chief Executive Officer

Lucy joined BBCT as CEO in March 2013, having previously managed The Grasslands Trust.  She has worked at a senior management level in the environment sector for over 20 years – including running a London based paper recycling company called Paper Round, before moving to the Devon Wildlife Trust to direct its marketing and fundraising activities. It was while she was living in Devon that Lucy became inspired by the beauty of grasslands and the wonderful array of species they support.  Her strengths lie in financial management and fundraising; business planning and strategy; and advocacy.  Lucy’s interest in wildlife lies in the intrinsic value nature brings to people's lives - a passion which grew as a young child brought up in the Hampshire countryside.

Kaeren Mellin
Finance and Operations Director

Kaeren has worked in Finance for charities for almost 20 years and came to BBCT from Garden Organic where she held the position of Head of Finance. Garden Organic has a membership of over 25,000 members and Kaeren is looking forward to seeing the Bumblebee Conservation Trust membership numbers grow year on year to eventually match those numbers.

Gill Perkins
Conservation Manager

There is something timeless about pic-nicking in the shade of a hedge watching bumblebees burrow into foxglove flowers. Gill’s role is to work with the conservation team to cultivate the awareness in everyone that without their action and intervention this 'essential' British scene is in jeopardy. It’s a job for which she has been training since walking her dog across the fields behind her childhood home instead of revising for her maths O-level.

Aoife O'Rourke
Conservation Officer
South West England

Aoife joined the team in January 2014, after three years spent researching plant-pollinator interactions on Irish sand dune systems. For as long as she can remember she has had a passion for the natural world, particularly insects. As conservation officer Aoife’s main focus is on land management and encouraging the implementation of bee friendly initiatives.

Sam Page
Conservation Officer
East England

Sam’s role is to work with partners and land managers to safeguard our rare bumblebee populations in the East of England, with particular focus on North Kent and South Essex (the Thames Gateway area). 

Bumblebees are fascinating creatures with a really interesting ecology and lifecycle and Sam loves watching them while they are hard at work foraging for pollen and nectar.

Sinead Lynch
Conservation Officer

Sinead’s role is to help provide more habitat for bumblebees in Wales, specifically in the areas where the rarest bees are found along the south coast. Sinead loves the outdoors, especially playing and watching rugby. 

Katy Malone
Conservation Officer

Katy's work is based mostly in the highlands and islands of Scotland, where she is working with land managers to protect and create more habitat for some of our rarest bees, inclduing the Great yellow bumblebee.

When she's not working she loves making things, and she knits, crochets, bakes, makes herbal soap, and does interesting things with found and foraged bits and pieces . She also likes to garden and look after her chickens.

Dr. Richard Comont
Data Monitoring Officer

Richard joined the Trust in November 2013 after six years at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, mainly spent monitoring and analysing ladybirds.  As the Data Monitoring Officer, he leads the BeeWalk bumblebee transect monitoring scheme, including analysing the data collected.

He is a keen naturalist and can often be found moth-trapping or at bioblitzes.


Dawn Ewing
Project Development Manager

Dawn leads in the development of our projects, ensuring they meet our strategic objectives and are working towards our overall aims. 

As a keen volunteer in her spare time, Dawn has a clear understanding of the value that volunteers bring to any organisation. She has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hillwalking and gardening, especially for bumblebees!

Dr Nikki Gammans
Short-haired bumblebee Project Manager 

Nikki has worked on the reintroduction of this extinct bumblebee since 2009 and is now pleased to be re-joining the trust in April 2015. Her role includes working with farmers and land owners across the release site of south Kent and East Sussex, collection and release of the short-haired queens and working with 24 volunteers on bumblebee monitoring. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, walking, reading and is an avid Crystal Palace fan.

Roo Cleland
Development Manager

With many years' experience working for a large national charity, Roo is an experienced fundraiser, with a strong background in internal and external communication, PR and marketing. Roo manages our corporate partnerships and charitable trust fundraising to support our conservation work across the UK.

Sandra Hayashibara
Finance Officer

Sandra has a background in finance and prior to joining BBCT in 2014 had her own bookkeeping business. She is fluent in Japanese, having lived in Japan for 14 years, and is looking forward to learning more about bumblebees as part of the BBCT team.

Claire Wales
Support Services Officer

Claire loves nature and especially bumblebees and with a long history in Customer Services she is dedicated to looking after our Members. She enjoys running, cycling and hill walking and loves nothing better than heading into the Scottish mountains where she hopes to get some pictures of the elusive Blaeberry bee!

Darryl Cox
Information Officer

Darryl joined BBCT in April 2014 as our Information Officer. He has a background in bumblebee research and uses his knowledge to provide answers to the diverse range of enquiries we get at the Trust every day. He has a passion for nature conservation and volunteers in his spare time with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Jen McLean

Jen joined the Trust as Administrator in June 2014. Based in the Stirling Head Office, Jen’s role is to provide BBCT’s staff and volunteers with an efficient and effective administrative service, and to ensure systems and procedures are in place to assist in the smooth running of the Trust at all times. She enjoys gardening and growing vegetables, as well as jewellery-making and exploring the countryside.

"We are facing a fundamental problem with the decline of bees and other pollinators. They have an absolutely crucial role in pollinating many of our important crops - without them we will face higher food costs and potential shortages."

Professor Douglas Kell
BBSRC Chief Executive

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