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.

Barbara Brown is BSBI Welsh Officer. Her role is to support County Recorders in Wales, liaise with Natural Resources Wales and collect data on rare Welsh plants. Find out more about Barbara here.

Ian Denholm is Chair of the BSBI Board of Trustees, Editor-in-Chief of our scientific journal British & Irish Botany and its predecessor New Journal of Botany, Chair of Meetings & Communications Committee, one of our team of expert plant referees supporting our members and joint County Recorder for Herts.

Gwynn Ellis is our Membership Secretary and was Editor-in-Chief of BSBI News from 1984 to 2017. Gwynn 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 Manager, in charge of keeping everything in proper order.

Tom Humphrey is our Database Officer - he 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. Maria's main role is to provide support for Irish County Recorders (40 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. 

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, formerly the BSBI's Hon. General Secretary, was elected as BSBI's President at the 2017 AGM. Read an interview with Chris here.

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

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 a detailed knowledge of the British and Irish flora, and has a particular interest in plant dispersal and establishment.

Delyth Williams is the BSBI's Hon. General Secretary. Contact her for society matters.