Meet the Team

The Mammal Society has a small administrative team based in Southampton to co-ordinate our activities, while the work being done for mammals is led by our network of over 2000 members. Committees are also formed which provide a basis of expertise for different areas of our work. From enthusiasts to consultants, conservationists to researchers, students and professors, together we utilise a combination of knowledge, passion and expertise to develop and share information that supports mammal conservation.

Trustees on Council
Staff
Interns
Committees

 

Trustees on Council

Paul Chanin, President
A member of the Society since 1966 when still at school, Paul has regularly attended conferences since the 70s and was vice Chair 2000 –2010. His PhD on feral mink led to an interest in otters, and since the millennium has worked as an ecological consultant specialising in mammals, mainly dormice, badgers and otters. Before this he was initially a lecturer in the Department of Adult Education at Exeter University.

Johnny Birks, Chairman
Johnny, an ecological consultant, became fascinated by mammals at an early age, developing a life-long passion for mustelids. Johnny joined The Society in 1977, and cherishes its strong scientific roots and healthy mix of members. He is keen to engage more people in worthwhile studies of British mammals.

Adam Grogan, Vice Chair
Adam works as a policy advisor for wildlife casualties and rehabilitation at the RSPCA, and was previously an assistant researcher at WIldCRU, reviewing methods for monitoring rabbit populations, and surveying and radio-tracking badgers, polecats, mink and water voles. Adam became Vice-Chair of The Society in 2011.

Fiona Mathews, Vice Chair
Kate Hills, Honorary Secretary
Gary Roberts, Honorary Treasurer
Derek Crawley, Local Groups and Atlas Officer on Council
Catherine O'Reilly, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Grahame Madge, Media and Marketing Officer on Council
Simon Boulter, Publications Officer on Council
John Gurnell, Editor in Chief, Mammal Communications

Staff

Marina Pacheco, CEO
Having gained her degree in Zoology in South Africa, Marina worked on a red squirrel reintroduction in Portugal before grappling with landscape issues for the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Marina became CEO in 2009, and is very pleased to be doing something worthwhile for Britain’s mammals.

Howard Foster, Director of Fundraising
Howard's fundraising experience began in Fiji where he collaborated with Government, local communities and NGOs to establish the first Marine Mammal Protected Area in the Pacific, cycling 3,200 miles from London to Marrakesh and securing ongoing corporate funding for this and a similar project in Papua New Guinea. Now based in the UK, Howard is thrilled to join our team to fundraise for The Society.

Laura Drake, Membership and Marketing Officer
Laura has always had a passion for biodiversity conservation, completing her Environmental Science degree at UEA Norwich in 2006. She now enjoys encouraging active involvement in mammal conservation among members and supporters, and managing the charity's marketing and communications.

Lexie Munro, Training & Events Officer
After completing an MSc at Bangor University, Lexie ran a marine ecological research project, training volunteers in survey skills and data analysis. As a qualified teacher of environmental science and biology, Lexie is delighted to be in a role that combines her interest in conservation with her passion for education and training.

Louise Sleeman, Community Atlas Officer, MaWSE project
With a keen interest in wildlife conservation, Louise completed her Zoology BSc and Environmental Biology MSc at Swansea University before volunteering. After interning on the National Atlas project she now works on the HLF funded Mammal Watch South East project to encourage mammal recording & the production of a South East atlas.

Richard Austin, Community Surveys Officer, MaWSE project
After completing an Environmental Science degree at the University of Plymouth, Richard worked at the Environment Agency before completing a surveys internship with The Mammal Society in 2012. He now works with Louise on the MaWSE project to develop surveys to help volunteers find and record mammals.

Jane Wakeling, Finance Officer & Bookkeeper
Jane is an experienced and talented book keeper and accounts professional who started working for The Mammal Society in January 2014 to oversee our daily finances, accounting, year end and budgetary responsibilities. 

 

Interns

Emma Graver - Membership Development and 60th Campaign Assistant
Emma is studying Ecology & Wildlife Conservation, taking a year to gain work experience before continuing in October. Before the internship, Emma spent 2 months with the New Zealand Department for Conservation replanting vegetation & tracking the North Island Brown Kiwi. She is keen to pursue a career in conservation in a role which combines her excellent admin skills with grass roots practical conservation.

Krystie Hamilton - MaWSE Project Assistant
Wildlife and the natural environment has always fascinated Krystie from a young age, who went on to study BSc (Hons.) Wildlife Conservation at the University of Salford, with a particular focus on marine biology. She is a keen wildlife photographer and trainee bird ringer working towards a career in the conservation sector.

 

Committees

 

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)
The SAC provide the relevant expertise to discuss and assess scientific issues surrounding mammal research and conservation. They form a consensus on how The Mammal Society can incorporate high scientific standards in its work and produce our scientific position statements on issues surrounding mammals. The committee consists of a core team, but will draw from the expertise among our membership to consult on particular issues:

Chair - Dr Fiona Mathews, Senior Lecturer in Mammalian Biology, Exeter University
Dr Phil BakerLecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading
Dr Liz Chadwick, Lecturer, Cardiff School of Biosciences, University of Cardiff
Adam Grogan, Senior Scientific Officer, RSPCA
Catherine O'Reilly, Waterford Insitute of Technology
Dr Kirsty Park, University of Stirling
Dr Suguto Roy, Invasive Vertebrate Ecologist, FERA
Professor Richard Shore, Head of Site, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Graham Smith, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
Roger Trout, Ecological Consultant, previously at Forest Research