Senior Staff

Julie Williams

Julie Williams - Chief Executive Officer & Company Secretary

Julie joined Butterfly Conservation (BC) 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 2015 she became Deputy Chief Executive, responsible for the non-conservation work of BC, including finance, HR, media, fundraising and marketing. Julie was appointed as Acting CEO in December 2016, which was made permanent in July 2017. She now oversees all aspects of managing the Charity. She has extensive knowledge of charity accounting, governance and marketing in the voluntary sector and holds The Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Diploma in Charity Accounting.

Follow Julie on Twitter - @JulieWilliamsBC

Dr Nigel BournDr Nigel Bourn - Director of Conservation Science and Policy

Nigel has studied butterfly ecology and conservation for over 30 years. His PhD was on the Burnet Moths of north-west Scotland, taken at Aberdeen University. He joined BC in 1995 as a researcher, was appointed Director of Conservation in 2004 and Director of Conservation Science and Policy in 2014. Nigel has published over 150 scientific papers and reports, recently co-authoring a guide on how to manage woodlands for butterflies and moths.

Follow Nigel on Twitter - @NigelBournBC



Paul KirklandPaul Kirkland  - Director, Scotland

Paul has worked in ecology and conservation for 40 years. He studied ecology at Durham and completed an MSc on the Scotch Argus with Aberdeen University in 2004. He worked for Cumbria Wildlife Trust for 10 years before joining BC in 1994. In 2005 he was appointed Director, Scotland. He wrote Butterflies, a book for Scottish Natural Heritage's Naturally Scottish series, and has co-authored two regional butterfly atlases, for South West Scotland and the Scottish Borders. He has a special interest in the butterflies of South East Europe and is Secretary of Butterfly Conservation Europe (BCE). He has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management since 1994. Sadly, Paul does not tweet.



Paul Kirkland

Dr Sam Ellis - Director of Conservation

Sam 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 BC in 2001 as Northern England Regional Officer, becoming Head of Regions in 2007 and was appointed Director of Conservation and Regions 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.

Follow Sam on Twitter - @SamEllisBC