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The Species Recovery Trust comprises a small team of specialist staff and a network of volunteers and experts across the country.



Dominic Price - Director

Dominic Price is one of the UK's foremost species conservation experts with over sixteen years experience in the field. He formerly worked on Plantlife's species recovery programme, as well as stints working for conservation organisations across the world. He is also an accomplished botanical tutor, running courses for a wider range of organisations. Dominic makes regular appearances in the media to talk about conservation issues.


Dr Phil Wilson - Associate

Phil Wilson is one of the most eminent experts on species conservation in the UK. He specialises in vascular plants, and particularly rare arable flora.


Dr Belinda Wheeler - Associate

Belinda Wheeler is an experienced expert on plant conservation and is the British expert on several species, including Spiked Rampion.


Sharon Pilkington - Associate

Sharon is a professional botanist and bryologist with many years’ experience of the British flora. As a county recorder of plants and bryophytes, she spends a lot of her spare time leading field meetings and training events and is an experienced tutor. She is currently undertaking a systematic survey of Somerset for a forthcoming new county bryophyte flora and is also managing a team of voluntary botanists in Wiltshire to collect records for the next BSBI atlas of plants in the British Isles.


Ceri Richards - Conservation Officer

Ceri is a freelance ecological consultant, specialising in botany. She also runs guided foraging walks, writes about the environment and blogs about discovering the natural world with her toddler.

She coordinates several of our species programmes.
Charlotte Carne

Charlotte Carne - Programmes Manager

Charlotte Carne is currently completing her PhD thesis, which focuses on the conservation of the orangutan. She manages several of our conservation programmes, and is our volunteer coordinator.


Brian Laney - Conservation Officer

Brian is a self taught botanist and for over 30 years has been apssionately working to spread awareness and save some of the UK's rarest plants.In 2003 HEre-discovered Bee Orchid in Scotland, last seen in 1908. He is the Northamptonshire county recorder for reptiles and amphibians.

Brian leads on several of our plant programmes.


Leif Bersweden - Conservation Officer

Leif Bersweden is about to study Biological Sciences at Oxford and already has over six years' worth of botanical experience. He is the co-author of the Winter Trees Guide and assists with our training programme and field surveys.


Vivien Macdona - Conservation Officer

Vivien Macdona's background is in communications, including community awareness-raising around climate change resilience. She is a Volunteer Officer with The Conservation Volunteers, working on a variety of practical tasks.

She is currently in charge of our online media.

Jed Hamblin-Boone - Chairman

Jed was lucky enough to grow up in the British countryside and has been inspired by nature for as long as he can remember. His awareness and concern for environmental issues began when he teamed up with our Director, Dom, in the mid-90s and became infected by Dom's passion for wildlife and environmental campaigning. He went on to complete his masters degree in Philosophy and the Environment in which he specialised in our duties to conserve species. As well as being our chair he now heads up the Environment Agency's land and property function, as well as being a keen mountaineer and cyclist. 


Louise Stewart - Trustee

Louise Stewart has a background in education and social work, combined with a lifelong love of nature.


Nicholas Berry - Trustee

Nicholas Berry works in the City as a media and entertainment lawyer, and is the trust’s treasurer. He is based in London but maintains a strong link with the countryside, in particular long distance walking.


Sally Eaton - Trustee

Sally Eaton is one of the country's leading lichenologists, and works at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. As well as her expertise in lichens and lower plants she has a background in environmental consultancy and field studies. She makes regular appearances in the media, including the recent Channel 4 series 'Wild Things'.

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