Meet our Council here at Butterfly Conservation.
David Dennis - Chair
Professional background in personnel management. Has worked closely with Manor Yard team, on a variety of issues. Spends “many hours in the field with my camera”.
Dr Jim Asher - Vice 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.
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.”
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.
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."
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.
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.
Dr Simon Spencer
Has lived on an organic smallholding in Wales for more than 30 years and has worked as an entomologist and computer programmer. Interested in butterflies since childhood.
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.
Former director of computer systems consultancy. Has provided BC with IT help re the collection and organisation of various data. “Passionate interest in Lepidoptera.”
Dr Mark Young
“Interested in butterflies and moths for 45 years.” In 1997 published The Natural History of Moths. Lives Aberdeenshire. Has led many moth-nights in Scotland.