Karen Goldie-Morrison - Chair
A working life involved in natural history, first in publishing then in wildlife film and television, and recently in biology education. Has always had a strong personal interest in butterflies, and has been a supporter of BC for many years. Trustee of a number of other charities and brings to Butterfly Conservation a wide range of leadership and management experience acquired in both the business and charitable sectors.
Mike Dean - Vice Chair
A long career spent in education, educational management and funding. Current Chair of the Suffolk Branch for a decade. A 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."
Nigel Symington - Honorary Treasurer
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.
Became Chair of East Scotland Branch of Butterfly Conservation at the age of 24. A background in chemistry, first working for an environmental research institute, and then dedicating her time to study conservation, with a particular interest in urban pollinators. Carries a lifelong fascination and passion for insects and is committed to developing schemes to engage the younger generation.
With a career in financial services as a Chartered Accountant spent time working in France and the Far East. Recently retired as a professional trustee to spend time furthering his interests in butterfly and moth conservation. Has experience in fund management, audit, administration and governance.
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.
Prof. Laurence Harwood
Background in academia, first at Manchester University and then Merton College Oxford, before becoming Chair of Organic Chemistry at Reading University in 1995. A lifelong Lepidopterist with a strong interest in the welfare of butterflies and moths in the UK.
Dr Elaine King (Co-opted Trustee)
With a scientific background, and talent for communication and advocacy, Elaine is an experienced Chief Executive with over 20 years' experience in the third sector. A passion for people and the natural environment has led to a career striving to make a difference for animal welfare and nature conservation.
Joined Butterfly Conservation in 1985 and has been Chair of the Surrey & SW London Branch since 2016. Now retired form a career in public affairs focussing on digital, marketing, branding and communications. A childhood spent in the Dorset countryside sparked a lifelong passion for butterflies, moths and all types of wildlife. Actively involved in developing conservation projects in London.
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”.
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”.