Who we are
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 - 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.
Bryan Pinchen - Species Officer
Bryan Pinchen is one of the country's foremost experts on invertebrate conservation, and has been working on the New Forest Cicada for over fifteen years.
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 as a consultant in the music industry, 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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