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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 fifteen 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.

Charlotte Carne

Charlotte Carne - Programmes Manager

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


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.


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.


Caitlin Barrow - Conservation Officer

Caitlin Barrow studied Biological Sciences at Edinburgh University and has since gained considerable experience in the retail sector. As well as working on animal recovery projects she also heads up our corporate fundraising programme.


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.

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 is currently working on our species distribution database.

Tilly Dallas - Conservation Officer

Tilly Dallas went to Bristol University where she studied Biological Sciences. Since then she has spent time in Cape Town and London and is about start an MSc in Wild Animal Biology at the RVC and the Zoological Society of London.


Gemma Neech - Species Officer

Gemma Neech has a combined background in horticulture and botanical conservation, and completed her Masters thesis on Heath Lobelia. She leads on our Heath Lobelia conservation programme, as well as other species.


Jo Stephen - Conservation Officer

Jo Stephen studied Landscape Conservation and Ecology and Wildlife Conservation at Bournemouth University. She has many years experience in conservation, woodland management, environmental education and rural skills and is particularly enamored with small mammals. She is also a glass blower working at an organic farm in North Dorset.


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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