Staff Team

Meet the team

Our experienced and dynamic staff team delivers the BNHC programme of events and activities on behalf of the Consortium partnership. You can contact any of our team on 0117 925 3931 or email us at

Savita Willmott

Chief Executive

Savita Custead

Savita joined BNHC in 2006, when the partners who make up the consortium were finding  their way in the first years working together.  She managed BNHC’s transition to charitable status in 2008, and as Chief Executive continues to grow the impact and reach of the projects locally, nationally and across Europe. Savita has represented BNHC for a number of initiatives, including co-founding the UK Science Festivals’ Network, and chairing Defra’s People Engagement Group to advise government on implementing Biodiversity 2020. Savita travelled to Brussels to take part in Bristol’s presentation to win European Green Capital in 2013, and in 2014 and 2015 was seconded part time as the Director of Education and Engagement for Bristol 2015. Savita represents the charity on a number of local and national boards and committees, and advises international engagement projects.

Matt Postles

Senior Programmes Manager

Matt Postles

As a bit of a science geek, wildlife enthusiast and citizen scientist you can often find Matt getting his hands dirty at a BioBlitz event, deep in conversation about bushcrickets or pouring over planning documents and spreadsheets back at HQ.

Matt joined BNHC in 2011 running our volunteer programme before joining the team full time as  a Project Manager, delivering our Meet the Species project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and coordinating the National BioBlitz Network. Having worked extensively across all of our programmes, Matt now acts as Savita’s deputy overseeing the development and delivery of the suite of BNHC projects.

Maddy Bartlett

Programmes Manager


Maddy joined BNHC in 2013 as an HLF Skills for the Future Intern, supporting the team with their annual programme of events. In that first year she coordinated the BioBlitzUK conference and the first West of England Nature Partnership (WENP) conference, securing a long term position in the team. Maddy coordinated the first ever Bath Festival of Nature; Bristol’s first European Researchers’ Night event, Bristol Bright Night; and the Festival of Nature’s first dedicated Arts programme.

Maddy is also Chair of an innovative young wildlife enthusiasts group, Bristol Nature Network, which she helped to found in 2014, and which now has a membership of over 1,500 young people aged 18-30(ish!) She has represented the group both nationally and internationally at conferences including Communicate, EU Green Week in Brussels and Nantes Creative Generations

She is also a Trustee of Avon Wildlife Trust, the largest local charity working to protect wildlife in the West of England area

Maddy is currently away on a six-month sabbatical. We are looking forward to her return in early 2018!

Stuart Payton

Project Assistant

Stuart joined BNHC in early 2017 to help with the Viewpoints project in the run up to the Festival of Nature. He now supports the team across their programme of events.

Stuart is really interested in engaging young people with nature and is an active member of the Bristol Nature Network, sitting on the committee as their BNHC representative.

A keen runner, he’ll be running the London Marathon in 2018 to raise money for the Festival of Nature, you can sponsor him here.