Who’s who

This page explains who's who in BSBI. If you are unsure who to contact, please email our Enquiry Desk

Jane Houldsworth

Jane Houldsworth is Head of Operations, with responsibility for the management and development of the society’s activities. 

Kevin Walker

Kevin Walker is Head of Science. The BSBI has a remit to develop scientific uses of our data and provide services to academia and the conservation sector - Kevin's role is to plan the BSBI’s scientific activities and lead on undertaking contracts for external agencies.

Ian Denholm

Ian Denholm is Editor-in-Chief of British & Irish Botany, our scientific journal and its predecessor New Journal of Botanyhe is also County Recorder for Herts.

Gwynn Ellis

Gwynn Ellis is our Membership Secretary and was Editor-in-Chief of BSBI News from 1984 to 2017. Gwynn is the person to contact if you have a change of address or a page is missing from your mailing.

Julie Etherington

Julie Etherington is our Finance Manager, in charge of keeping everything in proper order.

Lynne Farrell, formerly the BSBI's Hon. General Secretary, was elected as BSBI President at the 2018 AGM and assumed the presidency in November 2019. Read an interview with Lynne and follow her on Twitter.

Steve Gater is the BSBI's Hon. General Secretary and also the Company Secretary. Contact Steve for society matters.

Tom Humphrey

Tom Humphrey is our Database Officer - he created and manages the BSBI Database and Herbaria at Home.

Louise Marsh

Louise Marsh is BSBI's Communications Officer, responsible for keeping the website updated, answering enquiries and promoting the society’s work to a wider audience. Duties include liaising with media contacts, editing the News & Views blog and handling BSBI's social media platforms. 

Jim McIntosh

Jim McIntosh is the BSBI Scottish Officer: his role is to encourage and support BSBI recorders and members in Scotland with their identification and recording activities.

Chris Miles

Chris Miles is Chair of the BSBI Board of Trustees, County Recorder for Dumfriesshire and runs the Dumfriesshire Botany Group.

Sarah Pierce

Dr Sarah Pierce is the BSBI's Ireland Officer, based in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. Her role is to provide support for Irish County Recorders (40 counties in all), as well as promoting the BSBI, and botany in general, in Ireland.

Johnathan Shanklin

Jonathan Shanklin is the BSBI's Hon. Field Meetings Secretary. He collates our annual Field Meetings Programme.

Pete Stroh

Pete Stroh is our England Officer and Scientific Officer; he supports County Recorders across England and is involved with the Atlas 2020 project and various other aspects of the BSBI's research and monitoring programme. He is lead author for the England Red List and Grassland Plants of the British & Irish lowlands, and has a particular interest in plant dispersal and establishment.