The BSBI is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Its overall governance is overseen by a Board of Trustees, supported by an advisory Council. 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.

The BSBI Strategy 2021-24 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. Members should head over to our members-only area (password required) for access details.

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

Good governance: click on the links to view or download BSBI's  Safeguarding Policy and  Personal Data Policy

Board of Trustees

  • Christopher Miles (Chair)
  • Paul Bisson
  • Chris Cheffings
  • Mick Crawley
  • Ian Denholm
  • John Faulkner
  • Alastair Fitter
  • Steve Gater (Hon. Gen. Sec./ Company Secretary)
  • Sandra Knapp
  • Anthony David Thomas


  • Lynne Farrell (BSBI President & Chair)
  • Helena Crouch (Secretary)
  • Max Brown
  • Mary Dean
  • Ian Denholm
  • Mark Duffell
  • Martin Godfrey
  • Anne Haden
  • Liz Lavery
  • Robert Northridge
  • Matt Parratt
  • Oli Pescott
  • Jonathan Shanklin
  • John Swindells

Publications Committee

Events & Communications Committee

  • Jodey Peyton (Chair)
  • Kylie Jones (Secretary)
  • Ryan Clark
  • Ciara Dwyer
  • George Garnett
  • Isobel Girvan
  • Ellen Goddard
  • John Norton (BSBI News Editor)
  • Moira O'Donnell
  • Jonathan Shanklin (Hon. Field Meetings Secretary)
  • Joshua Styles

Records & Research Committee

  • Robert Northridge (Chair)
  • Jo Parmenter (Secretary)
  • Chris Cheffings
  • Helena Crouch
  • Quentin Groom
  • Jeremy Ison
  • Oliver Pescott
  • Richard Pryce
  • Martin Rand
  • Paul Smith

Training & Education Committee

  • John Warren (Chair)
  • Paul Ashton
  • Sarah Dalrymple
  • Mark Duffell
  • Rebecca Farley-Brown
  • Jonathan Mitchley
  • Alex Prendergast
  • Kevin Widdowson

Committee for England

  • Jonathan Shanklin (Chair)
  • Mary Dean (Field Meetings Secretary)
  • Ian Denholm
  • Martin Godfrey
  • Anne Haden
  • Chris Metherell
  • David Morris
  • Fred Rumsey

Committee for Ireland

  • Edwina Cole (Chair)
  • Ralph Sheppard (Vice-chair)
  • Secretary (vacant at present)
  • Mark McCorry (Field Meetings Secretary)
  • Rory Hodd (Treasurer)
  • Shane Brien
  • Cliona Byrne
  • John Faulkner
  • Alexis Fitzgerald
  • Jessica Hamilton
  • David McNeill
  • Robert Northridge

Committee for Scotland

  • Lindsay Mackinlay (Chair)
  • Liz Lavery (Secretary)
  • Aileen Meek (Field Meetings Secretary)
  • John Crossley
  • David Elston
  • Natalie Harmsworth
  • Liz Kungu
  • Alan Walker
  • Ron Youngman

Committee for Wales

  • Stephanie Tyler (Chair)
  • John Palmer (Vice-Chair)
  • Elsa Wood (Secretary)
  • Liz Dean (Treasurer)
  • Andy Jones (Field Meetings Secretary)
  • Steve Chambers
  • Chloe Griffiths
  • Gail Quartly-Bishop
  • Delyth Williams
  • Ray Woods
  • Kath Pryce (Minuting Secretary - non-voting)
  • Richard Pryce (Welsh Bulletin Joint Editor - non-voting)
  • Julian Woodman (Natural Resources Wales representative - non-voting)

BSBI and GDPR: We only hold any information requested from you in order to send you the publication/ information described or to administer the event advertised. We will treat your information as confidential, hold it securely and will never pass it on to third parties. The exception is our Subscriber database which BSBI has checked for full compliance with data protection regulations. The lawful basis for processing this data is defined under GDPR regulations as contractual/ consent/ legitimate interests. You can request to see the data we hold on you at any time and we will remove you from our systems and discontinue contact at your request: just email [email protected] and mark your email 'Unsubscribe'.