Gill joined BBCT in 2012 as Conservation Manager and moved into the role of CEO in April 2016. She is an experienced leader who brings a broad range of skills acquired through her long career in business development, consultancy and practical conservation.
Strategy & Engagement Manager
Dawn leads in the development of our projects, ensuring they meet our strategic objectives and are working towards our overall aims.
As a keen volunteer in her spare time, Dawn has a clear understanding of the value that volunteers bring to any organisation. She has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hillwalking and gardening, especially for bumblebees!
Conservation Manager & Making a Buzz for the Coast (MaB) Project Development Manager
Sam’s role is to manage our Conservation Team and work with partners and land managers to safeguard our rare bumblebee populations in the East of England, with particular focus on North Kent and South Essex (the Thames Gateway area).
Bumblebees are fascinating creatures with a really interesting ecology and lifecycle and Sam loves watching them while they are hard at work foraging for pollen and nectar.
Dr Cathy Horsley
West Country Buzz
Cathy joined the Trust in September 2016, working in the South West on the West Country Buzz project. She has a background in pollinators and ecology, and is passionate about insect conservation. Cathy enjoys being outside looking for bumblebees, and wildlife gardening.
Sinead’s role is to help work with landowners and farmers to provide more habitat for bumblebees across Wales, particularly in the areas where the rarest bees are found along the south coast. Sinead loves the outdoors, cooking and reading, and is a passionate Welsh rugby supporter! She loves to spend time recording plants and invertebrates, and is currently studying for a MSc in Biological Recording.
Katy's work is based mostly in the highlands and islands of Scotland, where she is working with land managers to protect and create more habitat for some of our rarest bees, inclduing the Great yellow bumblebee.
When she's not working she loves making things, and she knits, crochets, bakes, makes herbal soap, and does interesting things with found and foraged bits and pieces . She also likes to garden and look after her chickens.
Dr Richard Comont
Richard joined the Trust in November 2013 after six years at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, mainly spent monitoring and analysing ladybirds. As our Science Manager, he leads the BeeWalk bumblebee transect monitoring scheme, including analysing the data collected and coordinates the Trust's partnerships with academic researchers.
He is a keen naturalist and can often be found moth-trapping or at bioblitzes.
Dr Nikki Gammans
Short-haired bumblebee Project Manager
Nikki has worked on the reintroduction of this extinct bumblebee since 2009 and is now pleased to be re-joining the trust in April 2015. Her role includes working with farmers and land owners across the release site of south Kent and East Sussex, collection and release of the short-haired queens and working with 39 volunteers on bumblebee monitoring. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, walking, reading and is an avid Crystal Palace fan.
Senior Science & Policy Officer
Darryl has a background in bumblebee research and uses his knowledge to provide answers to the diverse range of enquiries we get at the Trust every day. Darryl is also the author of the Bombus Review, our quarterly newsletter that summarises the latest scientific research on the topics of bumblebees and pollination. He has a passion for nature conservation and volunteers in his spare time with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Surveys & GIS Officer
Helen has a background in invertebrate and mammal ecology, Helen is passionate about invertebrate conservation and helping volunteers develop the skills to contribute to the national recording scheme for bumblebees, BeeWalk. Helen is a keen wildlife gardener and vegetable grower and enjoys spending time outdoors improving her plant and invertebrate ID skills. Helen volunteers for Buglife and the National Plant Monitoring Scheme.
Sandra has a background in finance and prior to joining BBCT in 2014 had her own bookkeeping business. She is fluent in Japanese, having lived in Japan for 14 years, and is looking forward to learning more about bumblebees as part of the BBCT team.
Senior Support Services Officer
Claire loves nature and especially bumblebees and with a long history in Customer Services she is dedicated to looking after our Members. She enjoys running, cycling and hill walking and loves nothing better than heading into the Scottish mountains where she hopes to get some pictures of the elusive Blaeberry bee!.
Senior Operations Officer
Jen joined the Trust in June 2014. She has a degree in Anthropology and her previous experience includes retail management, events management, and teaching the use of eLearning systems at the University of Aberdeen. Based in the Stirling Head Office, Jen’s role is to provide an efficient administrative service, including HR, facilities, and IT. She enjoys 'gardening' (i.e. chucking seeds at the ground and hoping something grows!), making crafty bits-and-bobs, and exploring the countryside.
Prior to joining BBCT in Sept 2015 Helen worked for a large organisation with a strong background in marketing, comms and design. She hopes to apply her skills to reinforce the BBCT brand and message. She enjoys walks in the New Forest with her dogs and family and hopes to see and learn more about the different types of bumblebees on her adventures!
Senior Fundraising Officer
Laura joined BBCT in July 2016 with a background in both environmental studies and sales, giving her a mix of skills for her role as Fundraising Officer. Having experienced aspects of fundraising for conservation projects both in the UK and overseas she is looking forward to applying her knowledge working with corporate partners to help achieve BBCT aims - and of course learning about bumblebees! She has always loved nature, enjoys travelling and exploring the Hampshire countryside.
Senior Fundraising Officer
Nigel has worked in the environmental sector for 28 years focusing on Fundraising and Business Development. He joined the Trust in June 2016 and is looking forward to using his expertise to help secure unrestricted income. Nigel also works as a Landscape Gardener part time. In his spare time he enjoys reading, gardening, bee keeping and making delicious plum jam. Oh! then there is ‘Fudge’ the family's Golden Retriever.
Pollinating the Peak (PtP) Project Development Manager
Sally joined the trust in June 2016 as Project Development Manager for ‘Pollinating the Peak’ project (and hasn’t stopped smiling since). With 15 years experience in the public sector working for local authorities on large scale environmental projects, she has strong project management skills and is an excellent problem solver. She enjoys working closely with local communities and believes individuals can make a difference. Sally is an avid traveler and loves spending time with family and friends and is continually amazed when learning new facts about the importance of bumblebees.
Pollinating the Peak (PtP) Community Development Officer
Rhodri combines a background in youth and community work with experience and qualifications in environmental education and countryside management, having worked with children and families in Derbyshire and the Peak District for the National Park Authority, National Trust and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Rhodri is seldom happier than when out in the field with a pair of binoculars and a notebook.
As well as bumblebees, he also likes trees. A lot.
Back from the Brink Conservation Officer
Daisy recently joined the Trust as Conservation Officer for the Back from the Brink project, focusing on the recovery of the Shrill carder bee in Somerset and Wiltshire. Her role also involves working within the wider SW to help create suitable habitat for bumblebees. Daisy is from a farming family and can often be found helping out on the farm in her spare time, or out on a walk with her two springer spaniels.
Conservation & Volunteering Assistant
Suzanne joined BBCT as an Office Assistant in February 2016 on her gap year from the University of Stirling. As she returns to complete her final year of undergraduate studies in Ecology, she was delighted to hear she is getting kept on as the part-time Conservation & Volunteering Assistant. Suzanne enjoys the outdoors and cycling, but also lazy weekends on the couch.
Membership & Finance Assistant
Gemma completed a Student Internship with BBCT in the summer of 2015, whilst studying towards her degree in Conservation Biology and Management. Having now completed her studies, she returned to the trust in November 2016 as a Membership and Finance Assistant. In her spare time Gemma enjoys baking vegan cakes, camping and walking her two dogs.
Prior to joining the Trust back in 2013, Marie’s background was focussed around customer service escalation and resolution. She came on board initially as a temporary admin assistant but discovered a penchant for Finance and moved over to the Finance team permanently. She took a break from the Trust for a couple of years to expand her finance skills, and is now back as of October 2016 and is here to stay! In her spare time she loves spending time with her dog Miley – who even has her own bumblebee fancy dress outfit…