Consortium Members

Meet the BNHC Steering Group

Each of the members of Bristol Natural History Consortium is actively involved in setting the agenda for BNHC activities and programmes through the BNHC Steering Group, as well as specific planning committees and consultation groups for each of the major programmes.

avon_wildlife_trust_logoSarah Moore

Director of Fundraising, Membership and Communications

“As a founding member of BNHC Avon Wildlife Trust values the unique opportunity it gives to bring together key environmental organisations across the region so we can coordinate a strong and joined up message about the natural world and its importance to us”

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Environment and Design Manager, Bath & North East Somerset Council

Mark Minkley

“BNHC is a dynamic hub which brings people and organisations together sharing expertise and aspirations. Bath and Bristol have a world class natural environment and a reputation for environmental leadership which BNHC helps drive with knowledge sharing and events”

 bbc_logoCharlotte Scott,

Producer, BBC Natural History Unit

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“As a member of the BBC I very much enjoy my work with BNHC. It enables us to connect with other like-minded, nature related organisations and together we can help organise and achieve events and conferences in a bigger and better way than if working separately.  The joy of BNHC is that everyone works for a common goal even if their area of interest or current plans may lead in different directions.”

bristol_city_council_logoRichard Ennion

Environmental Improvement Manager, Bristol City Council

Richard Ennion

“The Bristol Natural History Consortium is a great place to share ideas and action to get more people interested in nature.”

bristol_city_council_logoRay Barnett

Head of Collections & Archives at Bristol Culture, Bristol City Council

bristol_zoo_gardens_logoSimon Garrett, Vice Chair

Head of Conservation Learning, Bristol Zoo Gardens

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“BNHC is such an excellent example of people and organisations working together for a common goal.  Together we can achieve far more than we could individually. And, much more importantly, through our conferences and activities, we can encourage and enable many, many more people in their daily lives to spare a thought and an action for nature.”

environment_food_affairs_logoSarah Webster

Head of Nature Improvement Delivery Team, Defra

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“Bristol has an amazing concentration of environmental and communication expertise and BNHC acts as a hub for convening this diversity of players. The Consortium has a track record of piloting new ideas on a small scale which can then be rolled out across the country and across Europe; and helps us enormously with the people engagement outcome of our Biodiversity 2020 strategy.”

 national_trust_logoAnna Russell, Chair

General Manager Tyntesfield, National Trust
Anna Russell

“Reaching beyond our boundaries in order to conserve nature through partnership is at the heart of the National Trust. Through membership of the consortium we are able to create mutual objectives that both raise the profile of nature and engage more people with its beauty and wonder.”

 national_trust_logoSusan Hayward

South West Consultancy Curator for Bristol, National Trust

“The National Trust was founded on the simple and enduring idea that people NEED beautiful, historic, and natural places. Nature faces many challenges in the years ahead.  Working collaboratively with BNHC partners is a great way of bringing people and organisations together to explore new approaches and find solutions for Bristol’s amazing green spaces. “


natural_england_logoAmy Coulthard

Team Leader, Avon Conservation Team, Natural England

“BNHC is a real inspiration and through its innovative events and projects, it highlights the richness and wonder of England’s wildlife to people across the country.”


Rachel Williams

Operations Manager, Natural England

Helen Featherstone

University of Bath, Head of Public Engagement


“We’re delighted to have recently joined BNHC. Being a member of the consortium creates exciting opportunities for our researchers to engage with the broader community. Researchers from across the university including scientists, social and policy scientists and engineers are all enjoying the benefits of being part of BNHC.”

university_of_bristol_logoKate Miller

Acting Head of the Centre for Public Engagement, University of Bristol
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“Working with Bristol and its communities is really important to us and we’ve had a great partnership with BNHC for many years.”

university_of_bristol_logoJon Bridle

Senior Lecturer in Biology, University of Bristol

“BNHC is a fantastic way to get us thinking and talking about biodiversity, and why it matters to all of us. Life, and the millions of years of evolution that it reflects, is this planet’s real wealth, its real economy. As a biologist, every day I’m also amazed by how fascinating life becomes the more we look at it. The tragedy is that every day so much of this life disappears without us ever discovering its secrets.”

wwt_logo_CMYKPete Morris

Head of Public Relations & Communications, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust


“This is a unique partnership for a unique region. We’ve got a mix of agencies, councils, NGOs, universities, visitor attractions and more all working together. It means we can take a novel approach to valuing our natural environment”

Jane Craven

Engagement Officer, Woodland Trust