Our mission

Engaging people with the natural world through collaborative action

The Natural History Consortium currently has 14 members who work collaboratively within the NHC charitable structure. Our membership reflects the Bristol and Bath region’s reputation as a leading centre for the understanding and appreciation of the natural world, although our programmes have national reach and impact.

Our objectives

To deliver entertaining and informative events and activities that inspire greater public interest, volunteering and action for nature.

To facilitate, develop, and disseminate novel communication techniques that engage the widest possible audience

To build, support and pilot effective partnerships that bring together diverse organisations that face similar challenges and issues, and to help organisations learn from each other.

Our people

The Natural History Consortium brings together the skills and experience of a unique gathering of people to achieve our collective aim of engaging people with the natural world.

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

Amy Coulthard – Avon Wildlife Trust Director of Conservation & Delivery Programmes

Mark Minkley – Bath & North East Somerset Council Environment and Design Manager

Stephanie Marshall – BBC Head of BBC West

Richard Ennion – Bristol City Council Environmental Improvement Manager

Ray Barnett – Bristol City Council Head of Collections & Archives at Bristol Culture

Simon Garrett – Bristol Zoo Gardens Head of Public Engagement

Tess Wardley – Defra Environmental Impacts Cell (Business Engagement)

Libby Burke – Forestry England Programmes Manager

Anna Russell – National Trust Assistant Director Consultancy

Susan Hayward – National Trust South West Consultancy Curator for Bristol

Helen Featherstone – University of Bath Head of Public Engagement

Dee Smart – University of Bristol Deputy Head of Public Engagement

Kate Miller – University of Bristol Head of Public Engagement

Jackie Rogers – University of the West of England Associate Dean (Learning, Teaching & Student Experience)

Mark Simpson – Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Head of Content

Heather Elgar – Woodland Trust Regional External Affairs Officer


Our experienced and dynamic staff team delivers the NHC programme of events and activities on behalf of the Consortium partnership. You can contact any of our team at info@bnhc.org.uk

Savita Willmott

Savita Willmott

Chief Executive

Savita joined the NHC in 2006, when the partners who make up the consortium were finding their way in the first years working together. She managed the NHC’s transition to charitable status in 2008, and as Chief Executive continues to grow the impact and reach of the projects locally, nationally and internationally.

Stuart Payton

Stuart Payton

Senior Programmes Manager

After volunteering at NHC events for several years, Stuart joined the team in 2017 and is our resident project delivery powerhouse, working across the full range of NHC programmes. Stuart is an active member of the Bristol Nature Network, sitting on the committee as their NHC representative.

Ellie Turner-Wallace

Ellie Turner-Wallace

Senior Programmes Manager

Ellie joined the team in February 2020, having previously worked in education and engagement rolls for organisations such as the National Trust, American Museum & Gardens, and Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Ellie particularly enjoys sharing her passion for nature and conservation with children and young people.

Izzy Pulletz

Izzy Pulletz

Communications Officer

Izzy joined the team in February 2022 and leads on digital comms, managing the charity’s social media channels, newsletters and online marketing content including analytics monitoring and design. Prior to joining NHC, Izzy completed a QA Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with Bristol Waste and led a number of environmental-community based projects and campaigns during her time at university.


Our Board of Trustees oversee the governance of the charity, bringing a wide range of experience to support the staff team and partnership.

Ian Barrett – Chief Executive at Avon Wildlife Trust

Dr Justin Morris – Chief Executive at Bristol Zoological Society

Martin Brasher – Independent

Rosa Robinson – Independent

Peter Ball – Independent