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Interim CEO Announcement

Lucy Rothstein, who has been the CEO of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for the last three years, will be leaving on 9 April 2016 to take up a position with a not-for-profit organisation and to pursue new ventures.  Lucy has played a vital role in growing the Trust and we appreciate all that she has achieved during her time as CEO.

The Board of Trustees of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust are pleased to announce the temporary appointment of Gill Perkins, currently Conservation Manager for the Trust, to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer.

Professor Michael Usher, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said, “Before making arrangements for a new CEO, it is vitally important for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to have the highest quality leadership, someone who will be able to engage immediately with the tasks facing the conservation of the UK’s bumblebees. The Trust has moved from strength to strength over the past few years.  With Gill taking up the interim post, the board of trustees are confident of a smooth transition”.

Gill is an experienced leader who brings a broad range of skills acquired through her long career in business development, consultancy and practical conservation. 

Gill said, “I am very pleased to accept the board’s invitation to fulfil the role of Interim CEO and to have the opportunity to support the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We have an experienced and dedicated management and staff team in place, who will be continuing to work together to deliver the Trust’s vision of countryside and communities rich in bumblebees and colourful wildflowers for everyone to enjoy”.

Gill is very much looking forward to continuing to work with the team of staff, trustees, volunteers and donors to safeguard the future of the nation’s bumblebees and to help save the sound of summer. 

The interim appointment starts with immediate effect and will continue until a new CEO is recruited.

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West Country Buzz: supporting farmers, wild pollinators, and farm wildlife

By Aoife O’Rourke, Conservation Officer (SW England)

Bumblebee Conservation Trust has been developing a project, West Country Buzz, in partnership with Natural England, and local NGOs in Devon, which aims to support farmers and help them to increase wild pollinators, farmland birds and wildlife on their farms via the Wild Pollinator and Farm Wildlife Package.

What is the Wild Pollinator and Farm Wildlife Package?

The Wild Pollinator and Farm Wildlife Package is a suite of options, which is part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, designed to benefit wild pollinators, farmland birds, and other wildlife e.g. bats.  The package has been created to ensure that essential resources, such as food and shelter, are available all year round in the farmland landscape in order to support wildlife. For more information about the package, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-stewardship-manual

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