Meet our Council here at Butterfly Conservation.
Dr Jim Asher - Chair
Background in technology and intellectual property sectors, including business experience at board-level. Joined BC in 1982. Chaired group responsible for the Millennium Atlas. Special interest in recording and photographing butterflies and their landscapes.
Mike Dean - Vice Chair
Long career spent in education, educational management and funding. Current Chair of the Suffolk Branch for a decade. Lifetime love of lepidoptera - "can think of nothing better than observing and recording butterflies on a warm and sunny summer day under a full blue sky."
David Hanson - Honorary Treasurer
Former investment manager at Prudential. Expertise in finance and administration. “Love of butterflies came via childhood friend whose father was keen Lepidopterist.”
Dr Andy Barker
Senior Tutor in Geology at the University of Southampton. Born and brought up on a working farm, where a life-long passion for butterflies, moths, and conservation began. Actively involved with Butterfly Conservation at local, regional and national level since 1985. Particular interests in butterfly surveys, monitoring and management of chalk grasslands. Currently Chairs the national Conservation Strategy Committee, and has extensive experience of working with volunteers.
Owned and managed a design and contracting business. Holds the ICSA Certificate in Charity Management and is an active member of the Charity Law Association. Has volunteered many hours to charity governance for environmental causes.
Background in finance, audit, governance and compliance, as well as risk, project and change management in private and public sectors from banking to higher education. BC member for nearly 25 years; volunteered as Branch Treasurer, Publicity and Conservation Officer.
Former trustee at The Wildlife Trusts, with a background in research and development for a global pharmaceutical company. A volunteer reserve warden of Bowdown Woods in Berkshire, where he has carried out a butterfly transect for the last 25 years.
Dr Susan Foden
Background in drug discovery and development from cancer research. Holds several board appointments and many years experience in the charity sector. Derives great pleasure from the outdoor life, especially butterflies and flowers.
President of the Scottish Newspaper Society with a strong business and public affairs background. Has a passion for wildlife and the environment.
Long career as a professional accountant until taking early retirement in 2008. Expertise in finance and has extensive trustee experience. A keen birdwatcher since school days but has become increasingly interested in Lepidoptera in recent years. Regular moth trapper and has so far recorded over 600 species in his garden in East Sussex. Published an identification guide to the Hawkmoths of South-eastern Brazil in 2011.
Dr Ian Small
An active member of Butterfly Conservation for over 20 years and Vice-Chair of Butterfly Conservation for eight years from 1991. As Vice-Chair was responsible for acquisition of major nature reserves, notably Catfield Fen and Upper Hill Farm and produced the Society’s very first business plan.
Chair of Gloucestershire Branch of Butterfly Conservation for the last five years. A long history of volunteering with many organisations and charities. Interest in butterflies and moths stems from Duke of Burgundy project on Rodborough common and has become a life-long fascination.
Recently retired from a career in marketing and communication in food and drinks, and, latterly, for government bodies and NGO’s. Lived in Sussex for over 50 years and has an interest since childhood in butterflies and indeed in all forms of wildlife.
A butterfly enthusiast since childhood, current Chairman of Cumbria Branch and Acting Joint Chair of Lancashire Branch - “has a real sense of enjoyment giving presentations to societies on the promotion of our countryside and on the work of BC as a key part of how all can enjoy the countryside”.
A career in medical diagnostics and Chair of the North Wales Branch of Butterfly Conservation, for 15 years - “adopted an informed regional perspective on Welsh Lepidoptera and would like to use this and my experience of managing change, to help build on the progress Butterfly Conservation has already made”