Dr 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 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. In December 2013 she was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive and is now responsible for all the non-conservation work of the organisation including finance and HR and BC’s media, fundraising and marketing work. Julie has extensive knowledge of charity accounting, governance and marketing in the voluntary sector.
She holds The Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Diploma in Charity Accounting.
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 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.
Dr Sam Ellis
Dr Sam Ellis has studied butterfly ecology and conservation for over 25 years, including a PhD on the Northern Brown Argus at the University of Sunderland. He joined Butterfly Conservation in 2001 as Northern England Regional Officer, becoming Head of Regions in 2007 and was appointed a Director in 2015.
He has published over 70 scientific papers and reports and was the lead author of BC’s recently published Landscape-scale Conservation for Butterflies and Moths: Lessons from the UK report.