Claire Wales
Fundraising Manager

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 Bilberry bumblebee!

Nigel Madge
Fundraising Manager

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. 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.

Laura Shakespeare
Senior Project Development Officer

Laura joined the Trust back in July 2016 as our Fundraising Officer, with a background in ecology and conservation. After almost two years of working with our corporates, raising awareness at events and increasing her bumblebee knowledge, she took on an exciting opportunity to become our new Senior Project Development Officer in March 2018. She has always loved nature, enjoys travelling and exploring the beautiful Hampshire countryside.

Tessa Brooks
Fundraising Officer

Tessa has a biological sciences degree and joined us in March 2018 to focus on our corporate fundraising. A committed advocate of the Trust’s work, she sees her role as an enabler to continue and expand the pivotal role that the Trust plays in providing a sustainable future for our native species, urging anyone who enjoys flowers, eats fruit and vegetables to invest in the bumblebee’s future! She loves coastal and country pursuits, gardening and good food.

Sheila Vanston
Membership & Fundraising Assistant

Sheila joined the Trust in April 2018 as Membership & Fundraising Assistant. With a background in databasing she is able to utilise her existing skills and develop new ones. She enjoys weekends away in her motorhome exploring the coast and countryside. As an amateur gardener she is now learning how to make her garden more bee-friendly.

Yvonne Imrie
Support Services Officer

Yvonne joined us in June 2019 and is responsible for looking after all of our members. Yvonne has many years of customer service experience and has worked in conservation for the last five. Yvonne is delighted to be working for the Trust and is looking forward to learning all about bumblebees and meeting the needs of our members. When she's not at work,  you'll find Yvonne enjoying her garden, spending time in the countryside or enjoying the beaches on the Isle of Mull.


Barnaby Smith
Public Engagement Manager

Barnaby joined the Trust in May 2018 following two decades working in environmental research. He has a strong background in communications and engagement, and a wider practical knowledge of environmental and conservation issues which he hopes will help the Trust’s activities reach a wide range of different audiences. He enjoys sailing, walking and travelling, especially to areas where bumblebees, butterflies or ladybirds can be spotted!

Helen King
Senior Communications Officer

Helen joined the Trust in Sept 2015, and brings a strong background in marketing, comms and design with a special interest in brand reputation. She enjoys walks in the New Forest with her dog and family and enjoys gardening especially for the bumblebees!

Emily Sabin
Digital Marketing Officer

Emily joined us in 2017 after finishing her degree in Wildlife Conservation. She enjoys raising the Trust’s online profile on our website and social media platforms as well as teaching people about bees and wildflowers. Emily lives in the beautiful South Downs countryside where she can often be found out walking or training her dog, Monty. She loves learning about wildlife and is studying Ecology part-time in 2020.

Jack Reid
Outreach and Volunteering Officer

Jack initially volunteered for the Trust in the redevelopment of the Beekind gardening tool, and as a stallholder at events while completing his Master’s research on bees. After graduating, he joined as a staff member to help manage our volunteers and answer public enquiries about bumblebees.

Finance, Operations and Administration

Sandra Hayashibara
Finance Manager

Sandra has a background in finance and prior to joining the Trust in 2014 had her own bookkeeping business. She is fluent in Japanese, having lived in Japan for 14 years.

Tessa Rollings
Head of Finance

Tessa joined the Trust in early June 2020, having previously worked for a regional charity. Tessa brings finance experience from the charity and not for profit sectors, having undertaken several key positions over the years. Tessa is a fellow with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, qualifying as an accountant with a large accountancy firm. In her spare time, Tessa enjoys time outdoors, cooking, or baking the occasional cake!

Lisa Scott
Digital and Operations Officer

Lisa joined the Trust in May 2019. From graduating with a degree in Heritage and Conservation Management and holding previous roles in charity and business sectors, Lisa is supporting the Trust on its digital journey and operational functions. Living in rural Stirlingshire, Lisa enjoys walking her dog in the countryside and the occasional hill walk!

Laura Taylor
Executive Support Officer

Laura joined the Trust in September 2020, bringing with her a wealth of experience in supporting inspirational leaders, senior management teams and internal and external stakeholders. Laura enjoys coastal walks with her husband and dog Diesel, paddle boarding and riding along the promenade on her folding bike.

Keren Rennie
Finance Assistant

Keren joined the trust in May 2019.  She has a working background in banking and Wealth Management. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family.

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