Trustee Elections

The results of the Trustee Elections have been announced at Butterfly Conservation's AGM on Saturday 10 November 2018. We can confirm that the following six candidates received the most votes and have been successfully elected (three of whom have been re-elected) to the Board of Trustees.

Fiona Barclay

Apithanny Bourne

Michael Dean

Simon Saville

Ilija Vukomanovic

Chris Winnick

A complete list of all 12 candidates with the number of votes each person received can be found below.

Name

No. of votes received

Fiona Barclay

1,914

Apithanny Bourne

2,087

Michael Dean

1,342

John Feltwell

908

David Field

1,014

Colin Gibbs

999

Laurence Harwood

705

Malcolm Plant

928

Simon Saville

1,203

John Sumpter

889

Ilija Vukomanovic

1,650

Chris Winnick

1,612

Statement of Candidates Confirmed for Elections 

The timeframe for submitting nominations for the Trustee Elections has now closed. A total of 12 candidates have been proposed, all of whom are hoping to be elected into one of the six available positions on Butterfly Conservation’s Board of Trustees. 

Please find below a list of the candidates names, their election statement (which sets out their background and qualifications for wanting to become a Trustee), together with the name of the person proposing each candidate.

The candidate’s election statements will be published within the AGM programme which will be sent to all Butterfly Conservation members to be received by Wednesday 26 September 2018.  Ballot papers will also be enclosed with the AGM programme. 

Please note:

  • In order to vote in this election, you must be a Butterfly Conservation member, and over 18 years of age.
  • You may vote for up to six candidates.
  • You may not vote for the same candidate more than once.
  • Butterfly Conservation employees, who are also members, are eligible to vote (not applicable to employees who are part of the Election Team)

(listed alphabetically by Surname)


Fiona Barclay

Fiona Barclay

Proposed by David Howdon

 

Brought up in Galloway, I have been interested in the natural world all my life. After completing a PhD in Chemistry at St Andrews, and a brief period in academic research in the UK and France, I worked for six years in sales and marketing for Sigma Aldrich. In 2006, I took over the reins at BirdGuides (now NatureGuides), and bolstered the company’s digital presence, creating a community of birders, citizen scientists and photographers. I was instrumental in developing a range of field-guide apps for mobile devices, and widening the scope of NatureGuides well beyond "just birds" to encompass butterflies, moths, dragonflies and bumblebees. I also encouraged a lasting partnership between the British Trust for Ornithology and NatureGuides, sharing data and opportunities between the organisations. I was one of the recipients of the inaugural Dilys Breese awards for communication of BTO activities to a wide audience. I am currently a Trustee of the BTO and my tenure there is running to an end. In my spare time I run a moth trap and spend time building NatureGuides’ film library of butterflies, other insects and birds. NatureGuides shares the film library freely with Butterfly Conservation for marketing purposes. NatureGuides also gives a proportion of proceeds from their lepidoptera apps to BC. I would love to be able to bring my extensive knowledge of IT, community building and PR to the aid of an organisation that is so important to me as a member.


 

Apithanny Bourne

Apithanny Bourne

Proposed by Jim Asher

 

A lifelong fascination and passion for insects led me to discover Butterfly Conservation – and what a wonderful experience it has and continues to be! I quickly joined the East Scotland committee as Education Officer and four years later took the position of Branch Chair, at age 24. My work has been predominantly to develop schemes to engage the younger generation. The most notable of these being an urban pollinator project organised in conjunction with Aberdeen City council, assisting schools and community groups in creating butterfly gardens. Each year our branch continues to grow thanks to the dedication of our wonderful volunteers, of whom I am immensely proud.  My career background is in chemistry, during which I spent time working for an environmental research institute. However, upon deciding that my talents were better dedicated to conservation, I left to pursue postgraduate study. My research has been to examine the benefits of green infrastructure for foraging pollinators in inner city environments. Urban pollinators are a particular interest and this project was undertaken in conjunction with BC Scotland. Besides offering insight into the younger age category, I am dedicated to the protection and promotion of Scottish Lepidoptera. But perhaps the most valuable thing I can offer as trustee, is an unbounding passion for the charity - through whom I have developed both as a communicator and a scientist. Every time I attend a BC gathering I am replenished with the infectious enthusiasm exhibited by its members – without doubt our greatest asset.


Michael Dean

Michael Dean

Proposed by Jim Asher

 

I have had a keen interest in lepidoptera almost since I learnt to walk, rather a long time ago now sadly. This long period has underlined for me the many changes in distribution and population of our butterflies and moths, which are now widely documented. Since I retired from a career in Tertiary Education, both teaching and management, I have been an active Trustee of BC for the last 6 years. If you take on such a role, I firmly believe in bringing some energy to the job. During this time I have acted as Branch Liaison Officer, Chair of the former Branch 2020 Action Group and current Chair of the Branch Reference Group. I am also current Vice Chair of the Council. There is no doubt in my mind that BC Branches and our wonderful volunteer base are pivotal in achieving the very ambitious aims and objectives of our Society. Branches lend BC a uniqueness, a blend of local and national perspective on lepidoptera conservation, almost unrivalled elsewhere with other similar charities. I do understand this as I was a former Chair of Suffolk Branch for a decade and today I still regularly record in the field; these days I have abandoned pencil and paper for the Butterfly App! I feel that I still have the vision and energy to devote myself as an active BC Trustee for a final 3 years. I hope that you will feel able to endorse me to do just that. Thank you.


John Feltwell

John Feltwell

Proposed by Sarah Canning

 

Having been brought up on Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, I have been attuned to nature from an early age, especially butterflies. With an early background in teaching and a professional life in environmental law I feel that I can bring to Butterfly Conservation a great deal of experience from the private sector where developments seek to achieve an ecological gain, thus benefiting butterflies. I have travelled extensively in the worlds’ virgin rainforests in pursuit of butterflies, as well as W. Europe especially the Mediterranean, and I have written nine books on butterflies and one on the silkmoth; I can assist Butterfly Conservation with a broad outlook on habitats from an educational, biodiversity and sustainability perspective. I have been a Trustee of a rainforest trust for a number of years: regua.org and have been a Trustee of Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, for two terms.


 

David Field

David Field

Proposed by Michael Dean

 

Education and connecting future generations to wildlife is my primary motivation. Rewilding both our habitats and our children is key to successful conservation and what better way to achieve this than through butterflies and moths. I am currently the CEO of the Zoological Society of East Anglia. For the past 10 years I was the Zoological Director at the Zoological Society of London. I was also appointed an Honorary Professor by the Royal Veterinary College. I have been a trustee of a range of national NGO’s and charities including chairing a global organisation now called Species 360. I bring a wide range of experience from animal care and conservation to commercial management. I am a competent strategist with a proven capability of developing innovative plans and activities designed to bring new perspectives to organisational issues. I am an accomplished orator with the ability to inspire and enthuse audiences towards our mission and have done considerable media work. I am highly networked in the UK in the zoo and political arena and in the global zoo and conservation community. I have wide experience in fund raising with successful grant funding (including lottery) and individual philanthropy. I have a strong ability to encourage support to the organisation I promote. Butterfly Conservation is one the few organisations that truly provides both conservation and social impact because butterflies and moths are accessible to all. I would be a dedicated Trustee. Eventually I will tick off all the UK species!


 

Colin Gibbs

Colin Gibbs

Proposed by Nigel Symington

 

A lifelong interest in the natural world means I feel passionately about conserving it for future generations. Most of my spare time is spent with my young family actively involved with a range of butterfly and moth conservation. We are regular work party volunteers at our Sussex reserves, we lead walks and promotional events, walk transects, run butterfly and moth workshops at a local school and regularly fire-up a garden moth trap. I feel it’s really important to be practically involved as well as helping to educate people and promoting BC’s work. I’m currently a committee member for the Sussex branch, with specific responsibility for social media including production of promotional films. Having worked as a teacher of earth and environmental science in the past, and having been a committee member of an educational charity, I have a practical understanding of the educational aspects of BC’s vision. My subsequent career developed into a senior role, providing strategic direction and improvement leadership in both the charitable and private sectors. I now work as a business consultant, advising organisations on strategy, finance, governance, performance management, process improvement and effectiveness. I have held directorships of companies in several sectors including consulting, marketing and technology. I’d relish the opportunity to be a Trustee and contribute to the strategic direction of BC. I feel that my skills, experience and enthusiasm are a good match to the requirements of the role.


 

Laurence Harwood

Laurence Harwood

Proposed by Pete Holdaway

 

As a keen lepidopterist since the day I completed my Brooke Bond tea card album featuring “British Butterflies” I have always had a strong interest in the welfare of butterflies and moths in the United Kingdom. My butterfly net was put away when I went to study chemistry at Manchester University in 1972 and has never been used since. Nowadays, as my travelling schedule allows, I try to breed at least one species of British butterfly every year. I have been an independent academic for almost 38 years, first at Manchester University and then Merton College Oxford before taking the Chair of Organic Chemistry at Reading in 1995. I have also been a Governor of Dauntsey’s School, a private boarding school in Wiltshire, for 30 years and have recently been made “Governor Emeritus”, the first time in the school’s history that such a position has been created. As a result of my background, it is unsurprising that I believe strongly in allowing the general public to access the facts about our natural environment in general and butterflies and moths in particular. With increasing loss of suitable habitat, many species of butterfly and moth are dependent on land that is in some way cultivated, be it a garden, farmland or roadside verge. As a Member of Council, I would campaign strongly for further resource to be put into activities that increase general public awareness about British butterflies and moths, the sustainability of their populations and the quality of their habitat.


 

Malcolm Plant

Malcolm Plant

Proposed by David Tomlinson

 

For over 15 years I have had the honour of being Chair of the Cheshire and Peak District Branch (now the Cheshire and Wirral Branch), working alongside a motivated and talented group of volunteers to promote the conservation of our Butterflies and Moths. Like many of us I developed an interest in Lepidoptera early in life, naturally leading to qualifications in Biology. Following a career in the life sciences my active interest was rekindled by the chance observation of a Comma and Speckled Wood flying in my home town of Stockport, sightings that both surprised and excited me to take up membership of Butterfly Conservation and of my local branches, Cheshire and Wirral, Lancashire and North Wales. My professional background in the life sciences has focused on the development, sales and marketing of instrumentation for genetic analysis and more recently nuclear medicine with emphasis on project management, financial responsibility and team management. I am interested in encouraging and inspiring future generations to have an awareness and appreciation of both butterflies and moths, not only in rural landscapes, but their increasing significance and importance in our urban environments. If I were to be successful in election as a Butterfly Conservation Trustee I would use my professional experience of team building, financial and regulatory planning to contribute to the objectives of our society.  My experience and understanding of branch issues and challenges will, I believe, be an asset in this role.


 

Simon Saville

Simon Saville

Proposed by Jim Asher

 

I grew up in Dorset at a time when I could enjoy meadows teeming with Marbled Whites and chalk hillsides awash with blues. This sparked a lifelong passion for butterflies, moths and wildlife in general. I joined Butterfly Conservation in 1985 and am now a Life Benefactor. I have been Chair of the Surrey & SW London Branch since 2016 when I retired early. Here I have promoted our conservation activities, including work parties at the Oaken Wood Reserve and our Small Blue project on the North Downs. I have strived to build closer relationships with neighbouring branches and with Head Office. Although I started out in R&D, most of my career was in public affairs, with a focus on digital, marketing, branding and communications. I served at senior leadership level in an international company, and managed large teams and budgets. I have already been able to use my experience to assist the Head Office team in developing new branding guidelines and am keen to do more. I live in London where I am have been developing our activities and profile, which I believe is vitally important for Butterfly Conservation’s future. I have been active in the development of the London Project - Big City Butterflies - for which funding is being sought. I am also a trustee of the London Beekeepers’ Association, which is pursuing similar goals. Having been co-opted as a trustee in May 2018, I am keen to continue to support Butterfly Conservation in delivering our strategy.


 

John Sumpter OBE

John Sumpter OBE

Proposed by David Roy

 

I have been a member of Butterfly Conservation since 1994, and a Benefactor for the last 8 years. I have not been as active a member as I would like to have been, a consequence of having a demanding job. I have, however, regularly submitted records from our garden. I have spent my entire career working at a London University, teaching students and doing research. I am an environmental scientist, teaching courses on biodiversity, conservation and risk assessment, and doing research in ecotoxicology (the study of chemicals in the environment and their effects). I have published over 250 papers in scientific journals, which have had a considerable international impact. In recognition of this, I was awarded an OBE in 2016. I have considerable senior management experience, having been a Head of Department and Dean of Science, during which I had responsibility for large budgets. I have recently moved to part-time employment at my university. I want to spend the time gained on issues close to my heart. Being a trustee of Butterfly Conservation would be a position I would enjoy and one in which I think I could contribute significantly. I hope my extensive experience of higher education, in both teaching and research, will benefit Butterfly Conservation, as might my senior management experience.  On a more practical level, the voluntary work I have done for the last 20 years in helping maintain and improve local nature reserves has given me knowledge that could be useful to Butterfly Conservation.


 

Ilija Vukomanovic

Ilija Vukomanovic

Proposed by Jim Asher

 

I am currently a member of Council seeking re-election, having served as a Trustee since 2015. My interest in Lepidoptera began when my daughter, aged three, became fascinated by the butterflies that fluttered into our garden. It is a passion we still share to this day. I joined the Committee of my local Branch in South Wales in the 1990s and became Branch Chair in 1997. In 2001 I became Chair of the North Wales Branch, a position I have continued to hold for seventeen years. My professional career was in operational management in the medical diagnostics sector. For Butterfly Conservation recent years have been characterised by a difficult funding climate and substantial organisational change. Against this challenging backdrop we on your Council have worked effectively with the organisation’s Management Team, steering a course that has led to significant increases in membership, funding and charitable expenditure. We have also successfully transitioned the organisation to a new Chief Executive and developed a new 2025 strategy. Under Dr Jim Asher’s leadership the Council on which I serve has acquired a strong track record in successfully directing Butterfly Conservation’s affairs in response to the many threat’s faced by our butterflies and moths. Having chaired both North and South Wales Branches I provide a unique regional perspective on an area that is an important stronghold for many of our rare and declining species. If re-elected as a Trustee, I will continue to contribute this experience, continuity and commitment to the Team. 


Chris Winnick

Chris Winnick
Proposed by Jim Asher

I am currently Chairman of Cumbria and Lancashire Branches of Butterfly Conservation and passionately believe that branches working in partnership with each other, with Butterfly Conservation staff and with ‘partner’ organisations will drive expansion and achievement. During my 3 years as a Butterfly Conservation trustee I have been delighted to see the establishment of a full team of regional officers, the rejuvenation of regional meetings and closer partnerships with other conservation societies. Partnership success depends on communication, advocacy and education. As a retired teacher, I have a particular desire to see Butterfly Conservation engage with the wider public. The success of ‘Big Butterfly Count’ demonstrates how such citizen science projects can make a real impact. With so many families now isolated from countryside life Butterfly Conservation must continue to expand its programme of urban and brownfield site projects. By working closer with local authorities the Forest Commission, Water Companies, Golf Courses and other local landowners advocacy and education has already ‘unlocked doors’ to great effect. At local and regional level I continue to organise numerous work parties, guided walks, society talks, members days and other events – including a one day conference on butterflies and moths at Lancaster University – we are now planning the next for March 2019. I believe that if re-elected my day to day practical conservation, education and advocacy work will continue to help me give a ‘grass roots’ view of policy at Council meetings.


Timetable for Elections
Elections will take place ahead of Butterfly Conservation’s National AGM on 10 November 2018 at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Nottingham where the results will be announced. The timetable for the process is outlined below:

Tuesday 17 July 2018                      

Call for nominations opens 

Friday 17 August 2018

Deadline for nominations 

Wednesday 19 September 2018

Ballot papers posted

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Ballot papers to be received by members

Friday 26 October 2018

Voting closes and all ballot papers returned

Saturday 10 November 2018

Election results announced at the AGM

 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to stand as a candidate for the position of Trustee, you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Not be disqualified from acting as a charity trustee
  • Have not been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty (or any such conviction is legally regarded as spent)
  • Have not been involved in tax fraud
  • Not be an undischarged bankrupt or have taken out an Individual Voluntary Arrangement
  • Not made compositions or arrangement with your creditors from which I have not been discharged
  • Not been removed from serving as a charity trustee, or been stopped from acting in a management position within a charity
  • Not been disqualified from serving as a Company Director
  • Will at all times ensure the charity’s funds, and charity tax reliefs received by this organisation, are used only for charitable purposes.

More information about being a Trustee of a UK charity is available from the UK Charity Commission

 

You can obtain further information on the Trustee Elections by contacting Butterfly Conservation Head Office, @email or 01929 400209

 

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