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.

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.

Nick Mann

In the eighties and nineties Nick was a stockbroker specialising in the Japanese stock market. He was then a founding partner of Oberon Asset Management, which he helped run for 10 years until 2008. His current business, Habitat Aid, helps small businesses and conservation charities in the UK and helps bridge the gap between NGOs and the commercial sector. He is a long time beekeeper and member of the BBCT.

“Bumblebees are key factors in our wildlife. If they disappear many of our plants will not bear fruit. I am proud to be associated with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust”.

David Attenborough
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