Consortium Members

Meet the NHC Steering Group

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.

avon_wildlife_trust_logoJulian Hall

Director of Fundraising, Membership and Communications

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Environment and Design Manager, Bath & North East Somerset Council

Mark Minkley

“NHC 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 the NHC helps drive with knowledge sharing and events”

 bbc_logoPat Connor

Head of BBC South West, BBC



bristol_city_council_logoRichard Ennion

Environmental Improvement Manager, Bristol City Council

Richard Ennion

“The 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

“With biodiversity declining worldwide organisations involved in nature conservation need to work closely together in partnerships such as the NHC.  Natural history museums contain data and expertise which contributes significantly to this agenda.”

bristol_zoo_gardens_logoSimon Garrett, Vice Chair

Head of Conservation Learning, Bristol Zoo Gardens

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“NHC 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_logoSally Read

Policy Advisor, Connecting People with the Environment Team, Natural Environment Strategy, Defra

“Through the commitments of the 25 Year Environment Plan, Defra is developing policies to better connect people of all ages and all backgrounds to the natural environment for health and wellbeing benefits, and to achieve a greater sense of ownership and care for the environment. The NHC’s mission and objectives chime with this work through its events, activities and communications that inspire greater public interest, volunteering and action for the natural environment. Through membership of the consortium we are able to work together on this shared objective to achieve multiple benefits for both people and nature”.

Nicola Graham


Rosa Blanch

 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 NHC partners is a great way of bringing people and organisations together to explore new approaches and find solutions for Bristol’s amazing green spaces. “


Helen Featherstone

University of Bath, Head of Public Engagement


“We’re delighted to have recently joined the NHC. 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 the NHC.”

university_of_bristol_logoRosa Robinson

Head of Public Engagement, University of Bristol

“Our relationship with NHC is highly valuable to the University and the communities we work with across Bristol. NHC plays an important role, bringing people together and creating opportunities for learning, sharing and appreciating nature as well as catalysing action for environmental protection—we’re proud to be members.

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”

Catherine Brabner-Evans

Regional External Affairs Officer – South West, Woodland Trust


Working with the NHC gives the Woodland Trust the opportunity to share insights and information with partners to broaden our impact and reach. Protecting and enhancing our environment is much wider than individual organisations and needs a landscape scale approach and targeted public engagement. We can achieve much more when we work together