Who’s who

This page explains who's who in BSBI. If you are unsure who to contact, please email our Enquiry Desk

Jane Houldsworth is Head of Operations, with responsibility for the management and development of the society’s activities. 

Kevin Walker is Head of Science. The BSBI has a remit to develop scientific uses of our data and provide services to academia and the conservation sector - Kevin's role is to plan the BSBI’s scientific activities and lead on undertaking contracts for external agencies.

Bob Ellis is a project officer, responsible for managing a variety of BSBI projects, most recently the Threatened Plants Project. His main focus is on supporting recorders in managing their data - he's the person to go to if you are having problems with Mapmate. 

Gwynn Ellis is our Membership Secretary and Editor-in-Chief of BSBI News. He is the person to contact if you have a change of address or a page is missing from your mailing.

Julie Etherington is our Finance Officer, in charge of keeping everything in proper order.

John Faulkner is BSBI President. He was elected by the membership at the BSBI AGM in November 2015. Read an interview with John here.  

Quentin Groom is responsible for maintaining the integrity and flow of data to the BSBI Distribution Database. He is a botanist, with a passion for computers. He is interested in improving methods of recording and methods to analyse records. He is joint County Recorder for South Northumberland.

Tom Humphrey is our software programmer who created and manages the Distribution Database and Herbaria at Home. Tom worked with Leander Wolstenholme at Manchester Museum creating the herbarium digitisation web site before coming to work for the BSBI.

Maria Long is the Irish Officer, based in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. She has been a member of the BSBI since 2006, and has worked in the field of ecology since 2001. She has a degree in Zoology, an MSc in Conservation and Management, and a PhD in Ecology. Maria's main role is to provide support for the County Recorders of Ireland and Northern Ireland (38 counties in all), as well as promoting the BSBI, and botany in general, in Ireland.

Louise Marsh is BSBI's Communications Officer, responsible for keeping the website updated, answering enquiries and promoting the society’s work to a wider audience. Duties include liaising with media contacts, editing the News & Views blog and handling BSBI's social media platforms. Louise also acts as Editorial Assistant on New Journal of Botany

Jim McIntosh is the BSBI Scottish Officer: his role is to encourage and support BSBI recorders and members in Scotland with their identification and recording activities.

Chris Metherell is the BSBI's Hon. General Secretary. Contact him for society matters.

Jonathan Shanklin is the BSBI's Hon. Field Meetings Secretary. He collates our annual Field Meetings Programme.

Polly Spencer-Vellacott is BSBI Welsh Officer. Her role is to support vice-county recorders in Wales, liaise with Natural Resources Wales and collect data on rare Welsh plants.

Pete Stroh is our Scientific Officer currently providing support for Atlas 2020 and various aspects of the BSBI's research and monitoring programme in England. He was also lead author on the England Red List. Pete has previously worked for Anglia Ruskin University, English Nature, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. He has a detailed knowledge of the British and Irish flora, and has a particular interest in plant dispersal and establishment.