The BSBI is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Its overall governance is overseen by a Board of Trustees, which was supported until 2020 by an advisory Council; this was disbanded following the adoption of the BSBI Strategy 2021-24 and the introduction of the Governance Plan.

BSBI also has a variety of committees who oversee activity on a specific topic, or for a particular area. BSBI members sit on the committees (see lists below) and we are very grateful for their volunteer contribution.

Various staff members also attend these meetings to support committee activities and/or to help with administration. Find out about how to join a committee or become a trustee.

The BSBI Strategy is available to view in full; all other material to support BSBI governance is stored in our separate password-protected Governance website which is accessible to all BSBI members, so they can view minutes of all meetings of BSBI country and standing committees and the Board of Trustees.

Head here to read about how BSBI demonstrates its commitment to the environment through its investing.

Members should head over to our members-only area (password required) for access details.

If you have forgotten your password, please email us at

Non-members can see our full accounts here, minutes from our Annual General Meeting here and can join BSBI here.


Board of Trustees

  • Christopher Miles (Chair)
  • Richard Allanach (co-opted)
  • Helena Crouch
  • Mary Dean
  • Trevor Dines
  • Steve Gater
  • Peter Hollingsworth
  • Kylie Jones
  • Sandra Knapp
  • Maria Long
  • Barry O'Kane (Hon. Gen. Sec.)
  • Nicola Tainton (co-opted)
  • Micheline Sheehy Skeffington (President, ex officio)
  • Paul Ashton (President-elect, ex officio).

Events & Communications Committee

  • Billy Fullwood (Chair)
  • Kylie Jones (Secretary)
  • Ryan Clark
  • Joni Cook
  • Nicola Dixon
  • Lindsay-Anne Heald
  • John Norton (BSBI News Editor)
  • Barry O'Kane (trustee liaison)
  • Jonathan Shanklin (Hon. Field Meetings Secretary)

Science & Data Committee

  • Robert Northridge (Chair)
  • Jo Parmenter (Secretary)
  • Helen Ball
  • Edwina Cole
  • Cameron Crook
  • Helena Crouch (trustee liaison)
  • Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz
  • Ian Denholm
  • Richard Jefferson
  • Karen Kramer-Wilson
  • Martin Rand (non-voting)
  • Simon Smart
  • Ian Strachan
  • Julian Woodman

Skills & Training Committee

  • Seb Stroud (Chair)
  • Clare Coleman
  • Mary Dean (trustee liaison)
  • Rebecca Farley-Brown
  • Ellen Goddard
  • Alireza Naqinezhad
  • Amanda Tuke

Committee for England

  • Jonathan Shanklin (Chair)
  • Mary Dean (Field Meetings Secretary & trustee liaison)
  • Astrid Biddle
  • Mark Duffell
  • Martin Godfrey
  • Anne Haden
  • Chris Metherell
  • David Morris
  • Jo Parmenter
  • Fred Rumsey
  • Tom Ward
  • Elizabeth Cooke (Plantlife representative – non-voting)

Committee for Ireland

  • Robert Northridge (Chair)
  • Shane Brien (Joint Secretary)
  • Kim Lake (Joint Secretary)
  • Mark McCorry (Field Meetings Secretary)
  • Oonagh Duggan
  • John Faulkner
  • Alexis Fitzgerald
  • Ciaran Flynn
  • Jessica Hamilton
  • Maria Long (trustee liaison)
  • David McNeill
  • Cilian Roden

Committee for Scotland

  • David Elston (Chair & Field Meetings Secretary)
  • Polly Spencer-Vellacott (Secretary)
  • John Crossley
  • Lewis Donaghy (co-opted)
  • Ian Francis
  • Georgia Hancock
  • Amelia Hodnett
  • Pete Hollingsworth (trustee liaison)
  • Beccy Middleton
  • Caspian Richards
  • Louise Ross
  • Sarah Watts

Committee for Wales

  • John Palmer (Chair)
  • Kevin McGinn (Vice-Chair & National Botanic Gardens Wales representative)
  • Heather Garrett (Secretary)
  • Liz Dean (Treasurer)
  • Andy Jones (Field Meetings Secretary)
  • Joanna Clark
  • Natasha de Vere (non-voting observer)
  • Trevor Dines (trustee liaison)
  • Chloe Griffiths
  • Kath Pryce (Minuting Secretary - non-voting)
  • Richard Pryce (Welsh Bulletin Editor - non-voting)
  • Gail Quartly-Bishop
  • Katherine Slade (Museum of Wales & Wales Bulletin)
  • Sally Whyman (Museum of Wales & Wales Bulletin)
  • Lizzie Wilberforce (Plantlife representative - non-voting)
  • Delyth Williams
  • Julian Woodman (Natural Resources Wales representative - non-voting)

Finance Committee

Nominations, Awards & Governance Committee

  • Helena Crouch
  • Mary Dean
  • Sandy Knapp
  • Chris Miles

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