Trustee Elections

The results of the Trustee Elections have been announced at Butterfly Conservation's AGM on Saturday 16 November 2019. We can confirm that the following three candidates have been successfully elected (two of whom have been re-elected) to the Board of Trustees.

  •  Karen Goldie-Morrison
  • Laurence Harwood
  • Michael Johnston

Statement of Candidates Confirmed for Elections

The time frame for submitting nominations for the Trustee Elections has now closed.

A total of three candidates have been proposed.

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.

(listed alphabetically by Surname)

Karen Goldie-Morrison

Karen Goldie-Morrison
Proposed by Jim Asher

My earliest memories are of walking among clouds of British butterflies. They have remained a passion, and I first became a member of Butterfly Conservation (BC) nearly 40 years ago (and a life benefactor recently). Having witnessed butterfly and moth numbers decline dramatically during my lifetime, and following retirement from paid work, I decided to get further involved with BC. In 2016, I initiated the first-ever butterfly transect on Barnes Common in London where I am lead recorder and was elected to BC’s Council in the autumn. During my first 3 years as a trustee I have contributed particularly in the areas of finance and fundraising. I was made a Director of Butterfly Conservation Trading because of my business experience and I organized with Surrey branch their 50th-anniversary event on Barnes Common in 2018. I was recently elected to succeed Dr Jim Asher as Chair of BC by unanimous decision of the Council. Following zoology at university, my career has revolved around natural history, first in publishing (as an Editorial Director of Rainbird Publishing 1981-1984), then in wildlife film and television at Oxford Scientific Films (and as the Managing Director from 1988-1999), and finally in biology education (as the Executive Director of The Charles Darwin Trust 2002-2012) where I am now a trustee and Treasurer. I have therefore brought to BC, and can offer, significant leadership and management experience at Board level acquired in both the commercial and charitable sectors.

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 – this year Marsh Fritillary. 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 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.

Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston
Proposed by Roger Dobbs

I am an energetic trustee with a passion for the natural world seeking re-election. As well as serving on Council, I sit on governance committee, which ensures Butterfly Conservation meets its legal responsibilities and runs smoothly, as well as investment committee overseeing our financial investments and making sure we get the best returns. Alongside our Scottish director, I have led Butterfly Conservation’s advocacy north of the border. This has involved lobbying politicians and government departments to ensure our Scottish projects are properly funded and deliver great results. I believe Butterfly Conservation benefits greatly from my many years experience sitting on a wide range of charity boards as well as from my professional life where I have held senior positions in media companies after starting out as a journalist. I have just stepped down from the Council of Scottish Wildlife Trust, the UK’s largest wildlife trust, where projects have involved peatlands and urban pollinators as well as the reintroduction of beavers. I sat on SWT’s key committees; finance & audit and nominations, where I oversaw the appointment of a new chair. In Edinburgh, I have just completed my term as a governor of a large hospice, where I sat on its audit & risk and fund-raising committees as well as chairing its £40 million investment committee. Backed by experience, I feel I have the time, the vision and the energy to help Butterfly Conservation continue its fantastic growth. I hope you agree when you come to vote.

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 you 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
  • At all times ensure the charity’s funds, and charity tax reliefs received by this organisation, are used only for charitable purposes.

Further information about becoming a Butterfly Conservation Trustee can be found in the documents linked below. More information about being a Trustee of a UK charity is available from the UK Charity Commission.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 3 May 2019.

The election results will be announced at Butterfly Conservation’s National AGM on 16 November 2019 at Albrighton Hall Hotel in Shrewsbury. Further details regarding the AGM will be provided shortly. 

The timetable for the process is outlined below:

Friday 1 March 2019                      

Call for nominations opens

Friday 3 May 2019

Deadline for nominations 

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ballot papers posted

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Ballot papers must be received by members

Friday 1 November 2019

Voting closes and all ballot papers returned

Saturday 16 November 2019

Election results announced at the AGM

For further information, contact Sarah Adlem at Butterfly Conservation’s Head Office on @email or 01929 400209.

Download more information below:

What does Council do
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Articles of Association
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