Professor Michael Usher
OBE, FRSE (Chair)

Michael's career started with a degree in forestry and continued with 24 years at the University of York. There he taught ecology and conservation and researched, amongst other things, animals in woodland soils and the design of farm woodlands.

For more than a decade he was Chief Scientist at Scottish Natural Heritage, and is currently Honorary Professor in the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Stirling. In the Council of Europe he chairs the Committee of Specialists on the European Diploma for Protected Areas (Bern Convention) and he is also the series editor for the Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation series of books published by Cambridge University Press.

Jane Dalgleish
(Vice-Chair)

Jane has a degree in classics and followed this by qualifying as a solicitor in Scotland. After a spell in private practice, she worked as a solicitor in the Scottish Office, specialising in fisheries law, and then moved across to administration within the Scottish Office. Her interest in wildlife began with a secondment to the Nature Conservancy Council in Scotland and thereafter she became Regional Director for Scottish Natural Heritage in SE Scotland and latterly Head of Policy and Strategy for that organisation. She returned to the Scottish Office where she worked on natural heritage issues and retired in 2011, having spent the last few years engaged in rural policy. 

Nigel Ajax-Lewis MBE

Nigel is currently Head of Biodiversity and Policy at the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales. He is a naturalist who has dedicated more than 40 years to nature conservation with a particular interest in bumblebees. He has worked for Wildlife Trusts in Southern England, and in Wales for the last 34 years, concentrating on the traditional management of woodlands and flower rich hay meadows. He received an MBE for his work in nature conservation in Glamorgan and West Wales in 2005..

Professor Pete Hollingsworth

Pete is Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and a visiting professor at Edinburgh University and an honorary professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on understanding and conserving plant biodiversity. In recent years he has contributed to the international efforts of building a unified DNA based-index of life on earth, including Chairing the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Barcode of Life Project. He has a strong interest in linking scientific research to practical conservation outcomes, and has recently been involved in writing the new International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s guidelines on conservation translocations, and developing the Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations.

Peter Farr

Peter trained in biological sciences at Monash University before moving on to work in adult education at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has retired from the Civil Service where he was head of training in the Department for International Development for many years, with interests in policy, management and leadership.

Les Moore

Les is a qualified accountant with over 35 years of experience working in local government finance, with wide experience in the whole aspect of the finance function, and hands-on experience of the key areas of financial management and planning and statutory accounting.

He has experience of working within the charitable sector through his voluntary role as trustee and treasurer of a youth organisation, with knowledge and experience of the duties of charity trustees and the financial aspects of charities, including experience of charity regulations in Scotland.

John Sanders

John is a retired Chartered Accountant who, after qualifying, decided to pursue his interest in the natural world by taking a degree in Ecology at Lancaster University. He returned to Finance and has spent most of his career working in education and research organisations. He has been Deputy Finance Director of the University of Sussex and Finance Director of the Institute of Development Studies, a research and teaching charity working in the area of international development. At a local community level, he has been a trustee of two small trusts concerned with the conservation of an historic building and the local environment.

Stuart Roberts

Stuart Roberts is a Cambridge educated scientist and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research at the University of Reading. He has been studying various aspects of bee biology, ecology and biogeography both in the UK and elsewhere for some 30 years, and was heavily involved in both the BAP process and the Species Recovery Programme in the 1990’s. He served as Chairman of the highly respected UK Bees Wasps & Ants Recording Society (BWARS) from 2005-2010.
He was one of the driving forces behind the European Red List for Bees (published in 2015) and has presented on threats to bees and drivers of change across the UK, and at conferences in India, Argentina, the USA and widely across the EU. He has always been an advocate of large-scale collaborative work and in bringing together the voluntary sector and the academic community.

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Chris Packham
Naturalist, Television presenter
 

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