Senior Staff

Dr Martin Warren

Martin Warren

Dr Martin Warren has studied butterfly ecology and conservation for over 30 years, including a PhD on the Wood White at Cambridge University. He joined Butterfly Conservation in 1993 as the first conservation member of staff and was appointed as Chief Executive in February 2003. In 2004 he helped found Butterfly Conservation Europe and was appointed as the first chairman.

He has published over 300 scientific papers and reports and is co-author of several books. BBC Wildlife Magazine has voted him one of Britain’s top 10 conservationists.

Julie Williams

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Julie Williams joined Butterfly Conservation in 2000. She was appointed to Director of Finance and Administration in 2003 and took on the additional role of Company Secretary in 2005. She holds The Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Diploma in Charity Accounting. Julie has extensive knowledge of charity accounting and charity governance.

She has overseen and managed a rapid growth in Butterfly Conservation’s finances and membership, while ensuring accounting, administration, HR and governance procedures meet the highest standards.

Nigel Bourn


Dr Nigel Bourn has studied butterfly ecology and conservation for over 25 years. His PhD was on the Burnet Moths of north west Scotland, taken at Aberdeen University. He joined Butterfly Conservation in 1995 as a researcher and was appointed Director in 2004.

Nigel has published over 150 scientific papers and reports and he has recently co-authored a guide on how to manage woodlands for butterflies and moths.

Paul Kirkland

Paul Kirkland

Paul Kirkland has worked in ecology and conservation for over 30 years. He studied ecology at Durham, and completed an MSc on the Scotch Argus at Aberdeen University in 2004. Paul worked for Cumbria Wildlife Trust for 10 years before joining Butterfly Conservation in 1994 as the second member of the conservation team. In 2005 he was appointed Director, Scotland.

He wrote Butterflies, a book for Scottish Natural Heritage's Naturally Scottish series, and co-authored two regional butterfly atlases for South West Scotland and the Scottish Borders.