Finance & Operations

Pete Crome, Head of Operations

Pete Crome, Head of Operations

Peter grew up in Australia where he has been involved in wildlife conservation since 1994. He was a carer for native Australian wildlife including bats, marsupials and birds and volunteered at the Moggill Koala Hospital, tending to sick and injured koalas.

After pursuing an international career as a ballet dancer, 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 as a Helpline Manager. Pete moved into his current role as Head of Operations in 2018. In his spare time Peter is a keen wildlife photographer and writer, and owner of Schubert, the cutest dog in the world.

Email Pete: pcrome@bats.org.uk

Janet Baumkotter, Operations Manager / PA to CEO

Janet Baumkotter, Operations Manager / PA to CEO

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 and became its Acting Chief Executive in 2009, responsible for the wind-down and closure of the organisation.

Her main areas of work in her role at BCT are human resources, health & safety, office accommodation and governance/CEO support. Janet enjoys being outdoors – either in her garden or walking in our wonderful natural landscapes!

Email Janet: jbaumkotter@bats.org.uk

Siân Moore, Senior Administrator

Siân first started working at BCT in May 2011 as a National Bat Helpline intern. She enjoyed learning about bats and BCT’s bat conservation work and later that year joined the admin team as an Admin Assistant. She was then promoted to Admin Officer and in 2018 Senior Administrator.

Siân studied biochemistry at UEA and first learned about BCT’s work when employed at an insulation company, where she had to liaise with homeowners about the bats in their lofts and cavity walls. She enjoys engaging with nature and is thankful for the opportunities she’s had to learn more about bats at BCT.

Email Siân: smoore@bats.org.uk

Ellen Root, Administration Support Officer

Ellen Root, Administration Support Officer

Ellen started working with BCT in April 2021 following a long career as a picture researcher in illustrated publishing, mainly working on travel guides. She grew up enjoying the countryside of Surrey (paddling in the Bourne river, stroking ponies, cycling by fields, etc.) and sailing near Chichester watching all the amazing birdlife and occasionally encountering seals and dolphins. She went to high school in Florida and while living in the subtropics was exposed to all kinds of swamp creatures - mosquitoes, palmetto beetles, snakes, alligators, etc and sea creatures including the manatee.

Ellen returned to the UK to study Social Psychology at Kent University and then moved to London, where she fell into the world of picture research and London’s vibrant arts culture. While living in London, Ellen's interactions with nature are through pottering in the garden and membership of the Woodland Trust, RSBP and Kew Gardens. The lockdowns of the pandemic reconnected Ellen to the joys of nature and she jumped at the chance to join a conservation organisation and to learn more about bats.

Email Ellen: eroot@bats.org.uk

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