Staff Team

Meet the team

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 on 0117 925 3931 or email us at

Savita Willmott

Chief Executive

Savita Custead

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 across Europe. Savita has represented the NHC 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

Deputy Chief Executive

Matt Postles

Matt joined the NHC 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. With over a decade’s experience in delivering community engagement, professional development and partnership programmes and having worked extensively across all of our programmes, Matt now acts as Savita’s deputy overseeing the development and delivery of the full suite of NHC projects.

Stuart Payton

Programmes Officer

After volunteering with NHC for several years, Stuart joined the team in 2017 to help with the Viewpoints project in the run-up to Festival of Nature. He now works across all NHC programmes.

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