The BCT team is made up of dedicated professionals who are passionate about bats and the conservation of our wildlife.
Julia Hanmer, Chief Executive
Julia has worked at BCT since 1998, on the London Bat Project, then as BCT’s first Chief Executive. After having a break to start a family, Julia returned to BCT as Deputy Chief Executive, and then in 2009 moved back into the Chief Executive position.
Julia has more than 17 years' experience of developing conservation projects and raising money to make them happen. Previously she worked at the Mammal Society, CPRE and ICI. She has an MSc in Conservation from University College London and a Zoology degree from Oxford University.
Julia has been member of BCT since 1991 and is a member of London Bat Group and a past member of Cheshire Bat Group. She is also founding Chair of BatLife Europe.
Kit Stoner, Director of Finance & Operations
Kit worked in publishing, advertising and training before joining BCT in 2002 as a Training Development Officer. Kit moved into the Training and Helpline Manager role in 2007, became Deputy CEO in 2009 and moved into her current role in February 2013.
Kit's interest in bats began when she did a distance learning module in Mammal Ecology and Conservation in 2001, and shortly after this, she joined the Cambridgeshire Bat Group. She continues to be a member of the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Bat Groups. Her work at BCT inspired her to do a second undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and Ecology/Conservation, and she is now studying part-time for an MPhil at ARU.
Dr Karen Haysom, Director of Science
Karen heads the Conservation Team, which includes the National Bat Monitoring Programme team, Biodiversity Officers and Bat Group Officers. Before joining BCT in January 2006, she studied Zoology and trained as a research ecologist at Durham University. She subsequently worked in ecological research at the Scottish Agricultural College, CABI Bioscience and Reading University. Her research has mainly focused on the impact of agricultural management practices on invertebrate and plant communities, agri-environment scheme policy and invasive non-native species.
Karen first trained for a bat roost visitor licence when she was a member of Durham Bat Group in 1993 and has been spending her spare time with bats ever since. She has volunteered as a Natural England bat warden for the Hampshire and Thames & Chilterns NE teams since 2001. Over the years, working around Britain has enabled her to join Essex, Ayrshire, Dumfries, Hampshire and Surrey Bat Groups. Her main involvement is with Berks. & South Bucks. Bat Group which she has chaired since 2003. She enjoys taking part in BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme and leading bat walks in Berkshire each summer. Highlights of life as a bat enthusiast have included watching bats in the Peruvian Amazon, Costa Rica and Hungary and helping to organise "Bats and Trees weekends" and a regular surveying programme in Windsor Great Park.
Dr Carol Williams, Director of Conservation
From 2007 to 2010 Carol worked for BCT as the first Built Environment Project officer, whilst on secondment from Natural England. In July 2011 Carol returned to BCT, this time in the role of Woodland Officer. As someone who has a long-running special interest in woodlands this post brings together her two main passions of bats and trees. Carol has been involved in bat conservation for over 20 years and carried out a PhD on the winter ecology of lesser horseshoe bats. She is a member of the Cornwall Bat Group and also the Isles of Scilly Bat Group and carries out a range of NBMP surveys each year. She is a chartered biologist.
Dr Joe Nunez-Mino, Director of Communications & Fundraising
Joe has many years of experience in setting up and running a range of conservation projects both at home and abroad - many of these included bats within their remit. All of his previous projects involved engaging with people from all sorts of backgrounds, both directly and via the media - he even appeared on the BBC's Attenborough's Ark in 2012!
As Director of Communications and Fundraising he uses his skills and experience to continue to build on the success that BCT has had in both raising the profile of bats and encouraging more people to join BCT and their local bat group. The second and possibly most critical part of Joe's role is fundraising - the more money we can raise, the more work we can do to promote and support bat conservation at all levels.
Don't ever hesitate to contact Joe and the rest of the communications and fundraising team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They are always happy to hear of any news stories regardless of whether they are local, national or international, as well as ideas for fundraising, from names of potential donors to novel ways of raising money. if you are running any sort of event (from bat walks to fun runs), get in touch so that Joe and the rest of the team can help you to promote them.
Lisa Hundt, Head of Biodiversity (Job Share)
Lisa joined BCT as the Biodiversity Officer in April 2008 following work in both the public, private and charity sector. An initial interest, although not always positive, began from a young age watching fruit bats flying around her garden. This later developed during her time at Sussex University studying for a BSc in Ecology and Conservation where her dissertation topic focussed on the maternity roost characteristics of the Bechstein's bat. On completion of the degree Lisa spent time working in London for organisations involved in parliamentary lobbying and campaigning before moving up north to complete a masters in Environmental Law. Having spent enough time with her head in books, she decided to go back to ecology and worked as a consultant and roost visitor, during which time she obtained her bat licence.
Jan Collins, Head of Biodiversity (Job Share)
Jan joined BCT in 2013 to share the Head of Biodiversity role. Jan’s first exposure to bats was in 1999, mist netting and harp trapping bats in Vietnam as part of a biodiversity survey. She was struck by how different bats are from other mammals and by the diversity in species worldwide (and, indeed, the challenges they face!) so joined her Local Bat Group immediately upon returning to the UK. Bats soon turned into a career. Jan’s professional experience is primarily as an ecological consultant specialising in bats, but she also has experience in Environmental Records Centre and Local Planning Authority work. Within her consultancy roles she has provided surveys and advice covering a range of industries, including property and construction, commercial and retail, government, transport, energy and nature conservation. Jan is a full member of CIEEM, a Chartered Environmentalist, holds a Natural England bat survey licence and is a member of Kent Bat Group. Jan has been more specifically involved with bats and wind farms over recent years, including an MSc research project on surveying for bats at height and various wind farm development projects in the UK and abroad.
Helen Miller, Woodland Officer
Helen has two roles within BCT. Please see Training Manager below.
Pete Charleston, Investigations Officer (part time)
Pete has a lifetime of experience in investigation having served with North Wales Police for 30 years, the last eight of which was spent as a full time wildlife crime officer. He was the first officer ever to be seconded by the Police to a conservation agency building up what has been widely accepted as a very successful partnership with the Countryside Council for Wales. In that time Pete investigated and supervised investigations into over 2000 wildlife offences involving a broad range of species a large number of which involved bats. Since retirement in 2008 Pete has been contracted to provide a number of forces with wildlife crime advice and still acts as an advisor to the Chief Constables who lead on wildlife crime for the Police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Pete recognises that his expertise lies in investigations rather than bats. As such BCT benefits from those skills whilst the essential ecological expertise will be found amongst other BCT staff, bat groups and bat workers. He eagerly awaits the opportunities to visit and meet as many people as possible. His priority is that wherever possible his work will be aimed at securing compliance with the law amongst those who might otherwise commit offences.
Dr Katherine Boughey, GIS Technical Assistant
Katherine joined BCT in May 2012. Her interest in bats began during her BSc at the University of East Anglia. During her PhD, also at UEA, she used data generated by the BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme to investigate how bat distribution is affected by the composition and configuration of the landscape.
Since completing her PhD Katherine has worked as an ecological consultant, studied cave-roosting bats in Cambodia and woodland bats in Norfolk. She is a trustee of the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group and a member of Norwich Bat Group.
National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP)Team
Dr Kate Barlow, Head of Monitoring
Kate Barlow joined BCT in July 2008 as part-time Investigations Officer. She moved over to the NBMP team working as Development Manager for in January 2010 and is now Head of Monitoring.
She got hooked on bats as an undergraduate while on summer expeditions to South America, and was then very fortunate to complete her PhD at Bristol University with Professor Gareth Jones, looking for ecological differences between what are now the two pipistrelle species: common and soprano. She got a bit sidetracked after that and went off to a bat-free zone, spending 4 years working for the British Antarctic Survey, but could not stay away from bats for too long! She spent the few years before she came to BCT doing consultancy work in Scotland.
Philip Briggs, NBMP Projects Manager
Philip joined BCT in 2003. He currently manages the National Bat Monitoring Programme.
Philip has been involved in the voluntary conservation sector since 1998. He developed an interest in bats through volunteering at one of London's best bat sites, the WWT London Wetland Centre, where he assists with regular bat surveys and leads bat walks and wildlife walks. He is a member of London Bat Group and Dorset Bat Group and spends a lot of his spare time leading or assisting with surveys of London's open spaces. Philip finds this very rewarding as, although London's bat habitat is somewhat fragmented, the region certainly has its fair share of interesting species. In 2007, he co-wrote a paper on trends in London's bat populations which was published in The London Naturalist.
Amanda Adebisi, Helpline Manager
Amanda joined the BCT Helpline team in February 2007. She has a first class degree in Animal Behaviour with Ecology and Conservation from Anglia Ruskin University and has a passion for mammal conservation. Her interest in bats developed from a young age, when she discovered one in her bedroom. Originally from Grantham in Lincolnshire, Amanda has gained experience in helpline and administrative roles for companies such as 4-Rail Services and Wickes Head Office.
As well as working on the Bat Helpline, Amanda undertakes surveys for the NBMP and takes part in local bat walks.
Peter Crome, Helpline Manager
Peter grew up in Australia where he has been involved in wildlife conservation since 1994. He spent years as a wildlife carer for native Australian wildlife including bats, marsupials and birds. Peter also volunteered at the Moggill Koala Hospital.
After pursuing a career as a ballet dancer which took him around the world, Peter returned to the environment sector, studying for a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons) at the University of Queensland. He spent six years with LRS Consultancy working on a wide range of environmental projects before joining BCT in March 2013. In his spare time Peter is a keen wildlife photographer.
Jessamy Barker, Technical Assistant / UK Bat Care Network Co-ordinator
Jess has worked for animal charities in London for the last decade, and on the Bat Helpline since 2011. She graduated from Chester University with a degree in Animal Behaviour, and has a love of weird wildlife. She's happiest photographing invertebrates and watching animals in the wild. In her spare time she is Membership Secretary for the London Bat Group, and enjoys attending events and giving talks to improve knowledge of bats. Jess is training as a bat carer.
Sabah Adams, Bat Advice Officer
Sabah graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Biology. Her principal interests lie in ecology and conservation, and in recent years she has taken part in practical conservation work and surveying, both in the UK and abroad. She has previously worked as a Field Biologist and educational guide in Singapore and Malaysia, leading education sessions on field trips to teach and inspire children about wildlife, conservation and tropical ecosystems. She has also volunteered for the London Wildlife Trust, and most recently completed an internship with them, helping to organise events, develop communication strategies and coordinate campaigns.
Katy Hillman, Bat Advice Officer
Katy started at BCT as a helpline intern in the summer of 2011, returned for a full seasonal role and then became a permanent member of the helpline team in the autumn of 2012. She has had a keen interest in wildlife as long as she can remember which lead to her completing a degree in behavioural biology from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth as well as working many odd jobs including surveying resident whale and dolphin populations in Tenerife and teaching environmental education in the coastal salt marshes of Georgia, USA. However her main interest is in UK wildlife and conservation.
Keiron Brown, Bat Advice Officer
Keiron began his time at the Bat Conservation Trust as a Seasonal Helpline Officer in 2012. He rejoined the team in January 2013 as a permanent member of the team. Passionate about environmental education and wildlife gardening, Keiron is always trying to encourage people to get involved in conservation.
Originally from Cumbria and graduated in Biology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Keiron enjoys contributing to science. He has worked on projects in England, Australia and Malaysia and is still currently volunteering on the Malaysia project with the Natural History Museum, which involved 6 weeks of living in the Bornean rainforest sampling for invertebrates. He is also a trustee for the Earthworm Society of Britain which includes teaching others how to identify this under recorded group.
David Jackson, Helpline Officer
David graduated in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia in 2012 and first joined the BCT Helpline in January 2013 as an intern. His passions are Wildlife Conservation and Natural Hazards. David became a key volunteer delivering various wildlife conservation projects around the UEA campus. His dissertation studied the behaviour of birds and their interactions to discover whether UK garden bird species could solve tasks in order to gain food. His degree course also gave him the opportunity to visit the Greek Islands of Santorini, studying volcanic deposits and going up the newly active volcano, Nea Kameni, something he always wanted to do.
On leaving university David volunteered for several charities, including the PDSA, until he was offered an internship on the BCT helpline. He enjoyed the experiences and knowledge he gained about Bats greatly and returned to BCT as a Seasonal Helpline Officer helping to ensure bat conservation continues. David is now a permanent Helpline Officer and hopes to become a bat carer in the future.
Helen Miller, Training Manager
Helen joined BCT in 2005 initally as part of the Bat Helpline team, and then as Bechstein's Bat Project Officer. Since 2011 Helen has been BCT's Training Manager. Helen's interest in bats began whilst studying Zoology at university, following a talk from a local bat expert. She then went on to study for a Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, choosing to research the winter activity of the cape serotine bat (in South Africa).Helen is the membership secretary for Essex Bat Group and a member of Surrey bat group. She is also a licensed bat worker.
Helen also has a temporary role in taking forward the woodland programme.
Lisa Worledge, Partnerships Officer
Lisa started at BCT in May 2011. Working with Anne and Steve, the Scotland and Wales Bat Officers, her role is to support bat groups and share information between BCT and bat groups, as well working on joint projects with Partner Groups. Her interest in bats was first sparked by a bat walk with the Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group in 2008, she was so hooked she became the group’s Secretary later the same year.
This is Lisa’s second career having worked in the IT industry for 13 years. After completing a BSc in Ecology & Conservation (Hons) at Coventry University, Lisa worked as an ecologist for Land Care Associates (consultancy arm of the Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust) and as the coordinator for the Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull Local Biodiversity Action Plan Partnership. Lisa completed an MSc in Biological Recording with the University of Birmingham in 2012.
She has some interesting additional aspects to her role including being the BCT contact for bat ring sales and, with Helen Miller, being one of the two contacts at BCT for bats and diseases. This has become something of a fascination for her and in her spare time Lisa is undertaking short courses in virology, immunology and epidemiology.
As the Partnerships Officer, Lisa is always looking for new ways to support and champion local bat group efforts, as well as identify potential projects to work with Partner Groups on. So please don't hesitate to get in touch with any queries, requests or ideas.
Anne Youngman, Scotland Officer
Anne is the Scottish Bat Officer for Bat Conservation Trust. Her interest in bats was first sparked by a talk from Bob Stebbings during her Environmental Science degree. His knowledge of bats and enthusiasm for the subject was so contagious she was hooked. Her work with the Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland and later Scottish Natural Heritage fed this interest further. During this time she was involved in giving bat advice to a range of audiences from householders, planners, developers, countryside rangers and vets. Anne has been involved in bat conservation for nearly 20 years. She is a licensed bat worker, a bat worker trainer and member of Central Scotland Bat Group. She happily roost–shared with pipistrelle bats before moving to take her current job. She is based in Dunblane (when she is not flitting about over other parts of Scotland).
Steve Lucas, Wales Officer
For Steve, nature conservation is a second career having originally started out as medical laboratory scientist for 14 years before going to University to study Environmental Biology at Swansea. After a successful degree, he went to work with the local Wildlife Trust working his way from reserve management to conservation officer before moving to the Countryside Council for Wales in 2001. Whilst at CCW as a Regional Species Officer, Steve was seconded to the Welsh Assembly Government for two years as a biodiversity officer overseeing species licensing as well as general biodiversity projects. During this he gained a post graduate diploma from Trinity College at Carmarthen.
Steve has always had a passion for natural history - probably his upbringing in East Africa for 7 years! Apart from bats, he has a long standing interest in terrestrial invertebrate ecology so leps/bees/ants/wasps and even those eight-legged friends the spiders! Now he works with several bat groups in south Wales doing both summer / winter surveys and monitoring, and has also involved in the Bechsteins project.
Marketing, Membership and Fundraising team
Roz Hutchinson, Trusts and Grants Fundraiser
Roz came to BCT after a long career in advertising followed by a career in charity fundraising and communications. Her career has included creating high profile advertising campaigns in the UK and Australia; raising more than a million pounds from charitable trusts for two charities and a stint as a consultant. She joined BCT in 2010 with a passion for protecting wildlife both here and across the world. Working in the fundraising team, she would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to make a donation or who can help in this area.
Dawn Mackie, Fundraising & Membership Officer
Dawn joined BCT in January 2014 and is new to the charity sector. Fascinated by the species abundance and behaviour she could find in her own back garden, her interest in wildlife started from an early age.
Dawn's passion for bats began whilst studying for her degree in Animal Biology, during which she spent a short time at Durrell Wildlife Park observing behind-the-scenes operations. One of their hand reared bats, 'Gus', made a real impact on Dawn and sparked a desire and interest to learn more about these unique mammals.
For her disseration topic, Dawn spent three months volunteering in Honduras's largest National Park capturing and surveying the range of bat species. She focussed her research there on the impact of bat digestion on seed germination as a means of re-establishing areas of deforestation. The hands-on approach involved in this work intensified her desire to work with an organisation dedicated to the protection of bats.
Shirley Thompson MBE, Hon. Education Officer
Shirley’s background is in teaching, first for many years in primary schools, then later in environmental education with the Kent Wildlife Trust and at outdoor field centres. She first became involved in bat conservation in 1983 as a founder member of the Kent Bat Group, when the protection of bats and their roosts was very new.
The lack of any material on bats suitable for children led her in 1987 to set up the Young Batworker’s Club and to produce the Young Batworker, funded by the Bat Group Support Fund. At the inauguration of the Bat Conservation Trust in 1990, the club became BCT’s junior section. Shirley was a Trustee of BCT at that time, and was made Honorary Education Officer, a post she still holds. She is still editor of The Young Batworker, but is always being keen to promote education in is broadest sense, not as something confined to young people.
She is an active member of the Kent Bat Group, and a licenced roost visitor and trainer. However, she frequently points out that the longer you work with bats, the more your realise how little you know and how much there is still to learn. That’s what makes bat work so exciting!
Janet Baumkotter, PA to CEO / Office Manager
Janet joined BCT in December 2012 following a long career in communications and charity administration. After several years in Public Relations consultancy, she joined the Rural Housing Trust as Head of Communications. She remained with the national charity for 20 years, helping to build its reputation as an expert in affordable housing for local people, and became its Acting Chief Executive in 2009 responsible for the wind-down and closure of the organisation.
Jane Collett, Finance Administrator (Part-time)
Jane joined BCT in May 2010, working two days a week. Prior to this she had a career in the Civil Service (working for what is now the Office for National Statistics) and then worked in a number of paid and voluntary roles within charities, particularly in finance administration. Jane has a life-long interest in the natural world, and in recent years has started to develop this interest through part-time study at Birkbeck College London and through volunteering. She has a particular interest in mammals, and is excited to be working at BCT in an administrative capacity.
The BCT Team
Director of Conservation
Dr Carol Williams
Head of Biodiversity
Lisa Hundt / Jan Collins
GIS Technical Assistant
Dr Katherine Boughey
Jessamy Barker - Technical Assistant/UK Bat Care Network Co-ordinator
Sabah Adams - Bat Advice Officer
Katy Hillman - Bat Advice Officer
Keiron Brown - Bat Advice Officer
David Jackson - Helpline Officer
Director of Science
Dr Karen Haysom
Honorary Scientific and Conservation Adviser
Prof Paul Racey
National Bat Monitoring Programme
Head of Monitoring
Dr Kate Barlow
NBMP Projects Manager
NBMP Survey Coordinator
Communications, Membership and Fundraising
Director of Communications & Fundraising
Dr Joe Nunez-Mino
Fundraising and Membership Officer
Fundraiser (Trusts and Grants)
Hon. Education Officer
Shirley Thompson MBE
Administration / Finance
Director of Finance & Administration
PA to the CEO/ Office Manager
Finance Administrator (Part-time)