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The BCT team is made up of dedicated professionals who are passionate about bats and the conservation of our wildlife.

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Staff Profiles

 

 

Kit Stoner, Chief Executive

Kit has worked at BCT since 2002, joining as Training Development Officer. She has since worked in many roles at BCT: as Training and Helpline Manager, as Director of Operations, Deputy Chief Executive, and in 2014 she became Joint Chief Executive with Julia Hanmer, taking on the full time role of Chief Executive in April 2018.

Kit’s work at BCT inspired her to do a second undergraduate degree as a mature student in Wildlife Biology and Ecology and Conservation. She has completed a part-time MPhil looking at associations/communications between birds and lemurs in Madagascar. She is a member of the Cambridgeshire Bat Group and Chair of the Environmental Investigations Agency Trust.

Before entering the world of conservation, Kit worked in publishing, advertising and training.

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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.

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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 marketing@bats.org.uk. 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.

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Biodiversity team 

Jan Collins, Head of Biodiversity

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.

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Jo Ferguson, Built Environment Officer

Jo joined the Bat Conservation Trust in April 2015 as the Built Environment Officer; however she has been involved with bat conservation in a voluntary and professional capacity for over 10 years. Jo first became involved in bat conservation during a year’s placement with the Wildlife Trusts in West Wales in 2003. She was introduced during that time to bat survey equipment and monitoring techniques for some of the UK’s rarest species; barbastelle and both lesser and greater horseshoe bats. After experiencing these completely unique mammals at close quarters, she was hooked!

Many years of volunteering with various bat groups followed as she finished her degree in Zoology and gained Natural England bat licences for roost visits and surveys. Jo’s more recent professional experience is as an ecological consultant specialising in bats; providing surveys and advice covering a range of development projects, including residential, commercial and transport, for private, public and government bodies. However, she also has extensive experience in the conservation and scientific research sectors. When living in Melbourne for eighteen months, Jo used her bat survey skills to help run the micro-bats trapping and radio-tracking project in the botanic gardens with volunteers from Earthwatch. Her most exciting work however had to be surveying abandoned goldmines in Victoria for rare bentwing bats and finding when doing so, the occasional wombat!

Her passion for the importance of promoting biodiversity in the urban environment and public engagement is what she brings to this role. Jo is a full member of CIEEM and is a member of London Bat Group. 

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Andrew Ross, Bat Mitigation Project Officer - Bearing Witness for Wildlife Project

Andy joined BCT in April 2017 as the Bat Mitigation Project Officer for the Bearing Witness for Wildlife project. Andy will be working with the rest of the BCT team investigating numerous bat mitigation schemes in England and Wales by surveying the associated compensation roosts - often many years after being created. The ultimate aim of the project is to inform best-practice guidance for future bat mitigation work by evaluating the effectiveness of previous schemes. Andy first became interested in bats in 2007 after assisting in his first ever bat survey and was captivated by how unique these amazing animals were, and how this secret nocturnal world had somehow eluded him.  Andy’s professional experience has primarily been as an ecological consultant, providing ecological assessments and advice to safeguard bats and other wildlife from development work. Andy hopes that his familiarity with the planning and licensing system from his consultancy days will be beneficial to the project. Before relocating to London, Andy was a member of Somerset Bat Group and enjoyed taking part in their bat walks and bat box checks.

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Lorna Griffiths, Bat Mitigation Field Assistant - Bearing Witness for Wildlife Project

Lorna joined BCT in April 2018. She has a bachelors degree in Wildlife Conservation from Nottingham Trent University and is currently in the final stages of completing a Masters of Research in Biological Sciences at the University of Derby. She is Chair of the Nottinghamshire Dormouse Group and an active member of the Nottinghamshire Bat Group.

Lorna has had a lifelong interest in wildlife and over the years has volunteered on a number of projects covering a variety of species. These include a long-term research project on edible dormice, habitat enhancement for the grizzled skipper, researching bat-box preference of barbastelle bats in the Lincolnshire Limewoods, annual monitoring of hibernating bats within Withcall and South Willingham Tunnels SSSI’s, assisting on the National Nathusius Project and monitoring several bat-box schemes. She is also on the steering group of Nottinghamshire Bat Group's Heritage Lottery Funded EchoLocationLocation Project.

Lorna’s professional background has largely been in ecological consultancy, undertaking ecological assessments, protected species surveys and providing mitigation advice to help safeguard wildlife and enhance their habitat during and post-development.

 

Sonia Reveley, Woodland Officer and Volunteer Co-ordinator (Discovering the Connection Woodland Project)

Sonia joined BCT in March 2016 as the Volunteer Coordinator working on a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project which will be carried out at Swanton Novers National Nature Reserve (NNR) in Norfolk.  The project is now in its second year and continues to work closely with volunteers to learn how bats use woodlands and the impact that long term woodland management is having on them. This will allow us to discover more about our woodland heritage, and involve the local community with the collection of important data that will help to protect Swanton Novers Woods and its wildlife for future generations. The project is looking for volunteers to help with bat surveys, call analysis, walks, talks and events. If you would like to help and you live close to Swanton Novers NNR, please contact Sonia. In March 2017, Sonia took on the role of Woodland Officer and will continue to raise awareness of bats and their use of woodlands in the UK. 

Sonia first became interested in bats in 2011, when she took part in a radio tracking session at the National Trust Blickling Estate, with the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group (NBSG). Since then she has become a NBSG trustee, assisting the group with various surveys and gained her MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia. Sonia has worked as a bat surveyor, as a Research Assistant on the Management of Bats in Churches project and as a Project Officer for Norfolk Wild Nights, delivering nocturnal events in rural Norfolk, using churches as hubs.  Sonia also has a Level 2 Class survey licence. 

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Pete Charleston, Conservation Wildlife Crime Officer 

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, including a large number of bats. Since retirement from the Police in 2008, Pete has been contracted to provide a number of Police forces and other agencies with wildlife crime advice. He has been with BCT since 2010.

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. His priority is that wherever possible his work will be aimed at securing compliance with the law amongst those who might otherwise commit offences.

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Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning 

Catherine Wyatt, Planning Project Officer

Catherine joined BCT in October 2015 as the Project Officer for the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning (www.biodiversityinplanning.org). Her degree in Environmental Biology sparked an interest in marine and freshwater environments and after studying a Masters in Aquatic Resource Management, she started her career as a wetlands research technician. This was followed by a move into the biodiversity conservation sector where she spent several years coordinating the Hertfordshire Biodiversity Partnership and developing the Hertfordshire Local Nature Partnership. She joins us after working for Surrey County Council on an EU funded mineral restoration project.

Catherine has always had an interest in nature conservation and wildlife, possibly as a result of growing up in South Africa. She is looking forward to learning more about bats during her time at BCT.

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Monitoring & Science Team 

Dr Katherine Boughey, Head of Monitoring & Science (currently on maternity leave)

Katherine joined BCT in 2012. As Monitoring and Science Manager she oversees the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) and BCT's scientific work. She has extensive experience in spatial analysis, GIS and survey design. Her PhD at the University of East Anglia used NBMP data to model that habitat associations of UK bats at a variety of spatial scales, demonstrating the importance of small woodland patches and hedgerow trees for bats.

Prior to becoming Monitoring and Science Manager, Katherine led the Partnership for Biodiversity in Planning, a partnership of 17 key organisations representing the planning and conservation sectors that are working together to improve the consideration of biodiversity in the planning process. She is an experienced bat surveyor, having worked with bats in many countries, including in Cambodia, where she was part of a team that identified two species of bat not previously recorded in the country. She is a founding member of the Norfolk Barbastelle Study Group and a member of Norwich Bat Group.

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Dr Charlotte Hawkins, Science Manager (maternity cover)

Charlotte joined BCT in 2017. As Science Manager she oversees BCT’s scientific work which aims to provide the scientific evidence needed to understand and address threats to bat populations. Charlotte’s PhD, which she completed in 2014, focused on improving predictions of species responses to environmental change, using European bats as a case study. She developed an acoustic identification tool for European bats, and used NBMP data to model species distribution patterns under scenarios of environmental change, to identify species which might be at greatest risk. She has extensive experience in spatial analysis, acoustic monitoring and won the Vincent Weir Science Award in 2013.

Prior to joining BCT, Charlotte worked on a range of science and monitoring projects, including the iBats project, Bat detective, writing invasive species impact assessment protocols and as a science freelancer with BCT. 

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Philip Briggs, Monitoring Manager (maternity cover)

Philip joined BCT in 2003 and has been involved in the voluntary conservation sector since 1998. He developed an interest in bats in 2001 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. He also leads the Richmond Bat Species Action Plan steering group which works to protect and enhance habitat and improve public engagement in this important borough for bats.

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Becky Wilson, NBMP Acting Survey Manager (maternity cover)

Becky joined BCT in May 2014 as a Seasonal Helpline officer and later in the year moved to a permanent role in the NBMP team as the Survey Coordinator.

Becky has a degree in Biology from the University of Southampton and has always been passionate about wildlife conservation. In 2013 she interned at the Botanic Gardens Conservation International, where she took part in completing a Red List of the tree family Betulaceae as part of the Global Trees Campaign.

Becky fell in love with bats whilst carrying out her dissertation on the effects of LED lighting on bat foraging behaviour. She is a member of the London Bat group and enjoys taking part in bat surveys, especially NBMP Hibernation Surveys. Her favourite moment of working with bats was getting to see both greater horseshoe and lesser horseshoe bats while helping out with Hibernation counts in Dorset.

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Back from the Brink Project

Craig Dunton

Craig joined BCT in July 2017 as Grey Long-Eared Bat Project Officer, as part of the Back from the Brink Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. His lifelong passion for bats (and all wildlife) developed from growing up in rural South Devon. His interest in the impacts of human activity on biodiversity, and the interactions between wildlife and the landscape led him to pursue a BSc in Rural Resource Management at Seale Hayne Agricultural College, and later a Post Graduate Diploma in Countryside Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.

He has worked in a range of different roles within the conservation sector, from public engagement on urban heathland sites in Dorset, to practical habitat management on Dartmoor and in South Devon. In 2012 he developed his own business carrying out practical habitat management, conservation advice and freelance ecological survey work and in 2014, started working on the Avon Valley Project, a landscape scale conservation project in South Devon.

Craig loves experiencing new countries, cultures and overseas wildlife. He spent almost 3 years teaching English and travelling around South-East Asia. Highlights included trekking through jungles in Laos and Vietnam, diving with reef sharks and giant manta rays in Borneo and Bali, and climbing volcanoes in Lombok.

Craig is passionate about bats and bat conservation, being a member of the Devon Bat Group and Devon Bat Conservation and Research Group; he also contributes to the NBMP, is a bat carer and has recently obtained his VBRV licence. His key focus is working with landowners at the landscape scale to secure positive land management for bats (and other wildlife), now and into the future.  When not out batting, he spends his time exploring the South-west coastline and Dartmoor with his young family and running with his dog.

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Bat Helpline

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.

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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.

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Jennifer Pope, Bat Advice Officer

Jen has worked on the helpline at BCT since 2007, starting as a Seasonal Helpline Officer.

Jen graduated with a degree in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth in 2005 and carried on at Plymouth to obtain an MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology. She decided on a career in conservation after travelling to Madagascar in her gap year, where she studied for a BTEC in Tropical Habitat Conservation.

Jen works part-time mainly writing Natural England advice letters. Her hobbies aside from bats include her young family, hiking the Cornish coast path, diving and hen keeping.

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Laura Brown, Bat Advice Officer and Bat Care Network Coordinator

Laura Brown spent two years as a seasonal member, before becoming a permanent addition of the team in November 2015. She’s originally from West Virginia in the United States and has a degree in Political Science from Alderson Broaddus University. She moved to London in 2000.

Laura spent a decade in financial services before pursuing a career change and obtaining a diploma in Animal Management from Capel Manor College. When not with BCT, she’s worked for veterinary practices in London, including the Royal Veterinary College’s Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital. In her spare time, she writes poetry, fiction and animal-related nonfiction, which have appeared in several print and electronic publications.

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Hannah Van Hesteren, Bat Advice Officer and Out of Hours Project Coordinator

Having graduated with a degree in biology from University of Sussex in 2013, Hannah began volunteering in nature reserves around London where she developed a passion for bats. Hannah joined the helpline team as a Seasonal Helpline Officer in 2015 and is proud to be working for bats. Hannah still volunteers in her spare time, attending bat surveys as often as possible. Hannah also has a love for bees, having conducted experimental research on the foraging habits of honey bees for her undergraduate dissertation. As a result, Hannah now has a keen interest in wildlife gardening, especially in an urban setting.

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Grace Johnson, Helpline Officer

Grace studied Zoology at the University of Leeds, where several bat modules and a ringing project on a field trip first sparked an interest in bats.

She then worked in Australia for over 2 years and travelled around Asia, New Zealand and the South Pacific (with a trip to South America planned for later this year!). Whilst travelling she undertook various volunteer conservation projects in Borneo and Australia and has seen rare and unusual animals in the wild including orangutans, pygmy elephants and manta rays.

She has recently moved to London from Newcastle to pursue a career in conservation, and enjoys running, cooking and David Attenborough documentaries.

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Fran Fitzpatrick, Seasonal Helpline Officer

Fran is an early-career conservation biologist with a strong interest in sustainability and holistic conservation, particularly in developing solutions to address the root-causes of threats to biodiversity and endangered species. She is currently involved in a research project to quantify the economic and social value of Africa’s vultures, on the side of this exciting seasonal opportunity to work for the Bat Conservation Trust. Her Masters research at the University of Sheffield focussed on the British Willow Tit (Poecile montanus kleinschmidti) but the majority of her additional fieldwork experiences have involved mammalian research and conservation. She just completed a Conservation Science internship with the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group.

 

Tristan Evans, Seasonal Helpline Officer

Tristan grew up in Pembrokeshire, Wales in a house with a bat roost which started his interest in bats. He moved to London to study Film and after graduating in 2014, worked making corporate films, but recently decided to pursue his other interest, conservation.  In his spare time, Tristan likes paint and has done many paintings of wildlife including bats.

 

Eibhlin McMenamin, Seasonal Helpline Officer

Eibhlin graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in Geography in 2017. She has spent time living in Colombia and New Zealand. In her spare time she is a conservation volunteer at Hampstead Heath and a keen painter and pub quizzer.

 

Holly Williams, Seasonal Helpline Officer

Holly studied Biological Sciences at Durham University, followed by a Master’s of Science in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. She has been involved with a variety of conservation internships and projects, most recently this includes a project on large carnivore-human conflict in Romania during her master’s degree. Holly enjoys exploring the countryside and likes wildlife and dogs.

 

Roddy Shaw, Seasonal Helpline Officer

Roddy grew up in Singapore and Ireland before graduating with a First Class degree in Zoology and Conservation from Bangor University where he also spent a year studying at Oregon State University. He later went on to further qualify as a science teacher at the University of York. With previous field experience, 2017 saw him join an expedition to Madagascar as a school’s lecturer and he is delighted to bring his diverse experience to BCT. In his spare time he enjoys watching and performing stand-up comedy around London.

 

Ele Johnstone, Seasonal Helpline Officer

Ele has an undergraduate masters in biology from the University of Sheffield, during which she discovered her love of conservation. Ele has a passion for wildlife and enjoys volunteering for various organisations in her spare time, as well as writing about nature. More recently she discovered her fascination with bats through local bat walks.

 

Training & Conferences

Naomi Webster, Training & Conferences Manager

Naomi joined BCT in 2017. As Training & Conferences Manager, she is responsible for all the in-house and commissioned training as well as overseeing the organisation of various conferences each year. Prior to joining BCT, Naomi worked in education for the Wellcome Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. During her 10 years in Jersey with Durrell, she gave more fruit bat talks than she cares to remember and always managed to mention their smaller local cousins as well.

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Bat Groups

Lisa Worledge, Head of Conservation Services

Lisa joined BCT in May 2011 as Partnerships Officer and was promoted to Head of Conservation Services in April 2016. Working with Elisabeth and Steve, the Scotland and Wales Bat Officers, a major part of Lisa's role is to support bat groups and share information between BCT and bat groups, as well working on joint projects with Partner Groups. Lisa also line manages BCT's Training Manager and two Helpline Managers.

Her interest in bats was first sparked by a bat walk with the Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group in 2008. 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 (the then 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.

Lisa has some interesting additional aspects to her role including, with Amanda Adebisi, being one of the two contacts at BCT for bats and diseases. Lisa enjoys giving talks and running workshops (she was delighted to be asked back as a tutor for the bats module on her old MSc Programme!).

In her role 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.

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Elisabeth Ferrell, Scotland Officer

Elisabeth is the Scottish Bat Officer for The Bat Conservation Trust having joined in July 2017. She had previously undertaken an internship the year before and assisted with the National Bat Monitoring Programme.  

Elisabeth has had an interest in all kinds of wildlife from a young age, but her fascination with bats started after seeing a large roost emergence during a family holiday in Wales.

Deciding to pursue a career in bat conservation she became involved in various projects both in the UK and abroad, learning from bat conservationists and enthusiasts alike. Her degree in Zoology from Glasgow University gave her the opportunity to undertake research expeditions to Trinidad with the help and support of Trinibats.

Elisabeth’s experience lies in community engagement and protected species surveying having worked for The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Direct Ecology, an ecological consultancy firm based in Scotland.

Working as the Scottish Bat Officer combines Elisabeth’s love of research and community engagement. She works with bat groups up and down the country as well as always looking to engage new audiences in conservation and surveying.

Elisabeth aims to support and encourage other bat enthusiasts, conservationists and researchers so please do get in touch.

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Steve Lucas, Wales Officer & Species Legislation & Policy Specialist

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.

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Marketing, Membership and Fundraising team

 

Andreia Correia da Costa, Fundraising & Membership Officer

Andreia’s current role started in October 2015, though she had two earlier roles at BCT; as a Helpline intern and then as a Conference Admin Assistant, helping to prepare for BCT’s annual conference. 

Andreia graduated from her MSc in Wild Animal Biology from the Zoological Society of London/Royal Veterinary College in 2013. Her MSc thesis investigated the effects ingested lead has on red kites’ bone health; she is currently working on submitting her results for publication. Following her degree, she completed a 5 week field course in tropical ecology and conservation in Tanzania with the Tropical Biology Association and participated in a student workshop on “Human drivers of emerging diseases” organised by the European Wildlife Disease Association. She is interested in science journalism and occasionally writes articles on the website “Wildlife Articles”.  She has also initiated her training in bird ringing. 

Andreia has a wide range of interests including conservation issues, ecology, animal behaviour, sustainability, and evolution.   She is particularly interested in how diseases affect animal conservation and in the “One-Health” concept which links animal, human and environmental health.

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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!

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Finance/Administration

 

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.     

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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.

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