Trustees & Officers

TRUSTEES

 

 

Brian Walker

Chairman

 

I am a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who became a bird watcher while at school and gradually developed an interest in other wildlife.  I was drawn into the dragonfly community when I bumped into someone looking at Variable Damselflies at Hatchmere in Cheshire and was recruited to help with the Cheshire Atlas and into BDS.  I subsequently moved to Oxfordshire and became more involved while retaining my broader interests. 

Brian Walker

Henry Curry

Secretary

As a child I was fascinated by insects and natural history. Though my career took me into electronic engineering and telecommunications, I retained my interest in entomology, taking a mixed science degree with the Open University followed by an uncompleted MSc at Birkbeck Polytechnic. A keen interest in photography led me to look more closely at dragonflies, and I am proud to have been involved in the Dragonfly Sanctuary, the Dragonfly Museum and the Dragonfly Project at Wicken Fen prior to joining the Board of Trustees of the BDS in 2006. I have been observing and studying dragonflies for over 20 years and  my wife Lynn and I enjoy travelling to see and photograph them all over UK and abroad.

 Henry Curry

Nigel Scott

Hon. Treasurer

Like many I became enthused about odonata by listening to and walking with Ruary Mackenzie-Dodds. I’m no expert but I enjoy seeking out, watching and recording dragonflies and damselflies. I’ve spent the last 25 years working at a senior level in charities and was asked to bring that experience to BDS. I’m happy to pass on that experience while downloading knowledge of odonata from my fellow Trustees.

Pam Taylor

DCG Convener

My childhood interest in bird-watching expanded over the years to include other wildlife including mammals, butterflies and finally, in 1986, dragonflies. This interest in dragonflies and their wetland habitats coincided with surveys for a Norfolk dragonfly atlas. I soon became involved in recording activities and by the mid-1990s I was Norfolk’s County Recorder. I first became a BDS Trustee in 2000; taking over as Dragonfly Conservation Group Convenor in 2001. I was elected BDS President in 2008 and served in that capacity for five years. Following a break from national duties, I once again became DCG Convenor early in 2016. My main interests remain with dragonfly conservation and all the work I do is aimed at protecting their habitats and making people more aware of this fascinating group of insects.

Pam Taylor

Mick Parfitt

Ordinary Trustee

My interest in dragonflies began in the early 1990s at the (now closed) National Dragonfly Museum at Oundle and it has continued ever since. While at the Dragonfly Museum I worked in the gift shop, guided people around the site, became involved in habitat management and helped to build platforms and paths in the main dragonfly areas. I continue to raise public awareness of dragonflies today by leading guided walks, giving talks and helping with events at Wicken Fen nature reserve in Cambridgeshire where our Dragonfly Centre is now based.

 Mick Parfitt

Val Perrin

Ordinary Trustee

Having a long-standing broad interest in natural history and conservation, it was a weekend course on dragonflies at Juniper Hall Field Centre many years back that really sparked my interest in the dragonflies of the British Isles. I have been a life member of BDS since and this is my second spell as a Trustee. I am vice county recorder for Odonata for Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire but enjoy travelling all over the country to see these wonderful insects and studying their behaviour and ecology, allied to my interest in wildlife photography.

Val Perrin

Ben Price

Ordinary Trustee

I'm the curator of the Dragonfly collection at the Natural History Museum in London where I am
responsible for one of the world's foremost collections of Dragonflies collected over the last 400
years. I am also responsible for eight other small Insect Orders, including other aquatics such as
mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies.
Ben Price

OFFICERS

   

Sarah Miller

Fundraising Officer

I have always been interested in environmental and conservation issues and really enjoy spending time in the beautiful countryside. I live in a small village in East Sussex, with my husband, 3 children and a dog. We are fortunate to live within a conservation area, with woodland, fields, marshes, ponds and rivers to explore on our doorstep. We enjoy spotting all kinds of wildlife, but there is something very special about dragonflies and damselflies, and I am looking forward to learning more about these amazing species.

Danièle Muir

Scotland Officer

I live near Dunkeld, in the heart of Scotland, and have been interested in natural history from a very early age. I hold a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen and have worked as a Ranger for the last fifteen years – working with volunteers, carrying out surveys and habitat management, leading guided walks and talks, and running biodiversity projects. I first became interested in dragonflies when working in Crombie Country Park and I am looking forward to working more closely with both dragonflies and volunteers!

Genevieve Dalley

Conservation Officer

I have always loved being outdoors and poking my nose into any and all aspects of the natural world. After gaining a BSc Degree in Zoology from the University of Southampton I went on to volunteer for the RSPB in Devon. It was here, through the enthusiasm of a fellow volunteer, that my interest in freshwater invertebrates took off. I spent two summer seasons working as a seabird warden on an island off the Welsh coast with winter seasons of volunteer work at RSPB Lake Vyrnwy and Otmoor Reserves, particularly freshwater invertebrate surveys. I then spent 9 months in Scotland working with the RSPB as a trainee freshwater ecologist. Here I encountered mesmerising dragonfly species such as the Black Darter at Forsinard Flows, Northern Emerald at Abernethy and Northern Damselfly at Insh Marshes. I have developed an interest in dragonfly larvae, first encountering them when doing riverfly and water beetle surveys. I am looking forward to working with dragonflies and dragonfly enthusiasts with the BDS.

 Gen Dalley, Conservation Officer

Eleanor Colver

Conservation Officer

Growing up next to the Peak District, I spent much of my childhood scrambling around the national park with nets and jars, attempting to catch insects. Since then my fascination with natural history has continued to strengthen, and this motivated me to undertake a BSc Zoology with Conservation (Bangor University) and an MSc Biodiversity and Conservation (Leeds University). After graduating, I spent a year wading around in RSPB wetland reserves as a Warden Intern, performing practical habitat management with volunteers. I also spent two seasons as the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project’s Senior Research Assistant, monitoring upland wildlife. During this time I had the opportunity to observe Odonata in a range of habitats, and found that the more I learnt about their ecology the more I wanted to discover. I feel so fortunate that I now have a job that allows me to work with fellow dragonfly enthusiasts across the country, as well as contribute to the conservation of some of Britain’s most charismatic insects. Consoff photo

David Hepper

Records Officer

My background in computing and degree in Biological Sciences should be useful in this role, having been a long-time supporter of the BDS. I'm also interested in local food, sustainable transport and the effects of rising human population on the natural world.

 
The posts of Conservation Officer and Scotland Officer are sponsored by:
Countryside Council for Wales  Welsh Assembly Government EA logo  SNH logo  Natural England