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 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


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  


Russel Hobson - Director of Policy and Land Use

Russel has an MSc in Rural Resource Management and over 30 years' experience of land management in a wide variety of roles in UK and Eire.  He joined Butterfly Conservation in 1999 as the Marsh Fritillary Project Officer in England and moved to Wales in 2003 as our first conservation officer there.  More recently Russel has been our Head of Conservation, leading on Lepidoptera conservation and policy work in Wales.  For the last ten years he has been a Trustee of Wales Environment Link.


Peter Moore - Director of Development and Engagement

Peter joined Butterfly Conservation (BC) in 2018 having previously worked as Service Director (Environment) for Dorset County Council.  In this role, he had responsibility for a range of local authority countryside and property services.  From 2004-2014 Peter worked in various environmental strategy and policy roles for Dorset and Kent County Councils.  From 2000-2004 he was Senior Campaigner, and later a member of the senior management team, at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).  As CPRE's Director of Field Support he was responsible for supporting the charity's regional and local groups.  Peter also worked as a company director during the latter part of this period.

Follow Peter on Twitter - @PeterMo03067857