Our people listing
BGCI is a small organisation that takes pride in its wonderful members of staff.
BGCI has a staff of more than twenty, most of which are based at the BGCI global headquarters in Richmond, United Kingdom.
With a career spanning 25 years working in conservation, Paul joined BGCI as Secretary General in March 2015. He is the former Head of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) and, during his nine years at the helm, seeds from more than 25,000 plant species were conserved in the MSB.
Suzanne works on policy issues connected with the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and Access and Benefit Sharing. She provides the Secretariat to the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation and supports the European Botanic Gardens Consortium. Suzanne is co-editor of BGCI’s BGjournal.
Joachim manages BGCI’s integrated ex and in situ conservation programmes at regional and in-country levels, working with botanic gardens and partner organisations around the world. A passionate botanist and horticulturist, his research and conservation interest lies at the convergence of people’s dependence on plants and conservation in times of rapid change.
Meirion is our database expert and your contact for queries on BGCI’s PlantSearch and GardenSearch databases.
Brian leads the BGCI Membership Programme, manages the BGCI Accreditation Scheme and the Global Botanic Garden Fund, and provides the strategic direction and services for BGCI membership.
Martha manages the financial reporting for the organisation. She prepares and maintains both statutory and management accounting information, as well as controlling bank accounts, payments, receipts and Payroll.
Helen leads BGCI’s public engagement activities including LearnToEngage, BigPicnic, and BGCI’s International Congresses on Education in Botanic Gardens.
Malin manages the Global Tree Assessment, overseeing all global tree red listing activities at BGCI. She manages the ThreatSearch database. Malin is the secretary of the IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist Group and chair of the IUCN Red List Technical Working Group.
Kirsty leads BGCI’s Global Trees Campaign programme and the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens. She manages a range of practical tree conservation and forest restoration projects in Africa.
Noelia develops and manages several conservation projects for threatened tree species in the Latin American region for the Global Trees Campaign programme. She also coordinates the Global Conservation Consortium for Rhododendron.
Alex is managing plant conservation projects in Africa (Malawi and Uganda) and the Indian oceans (Mauritius and Rodrigues). He is interested in ethnobotany and the interactions between conservation and development at the local level.
Emily manages BGCI’s GlobalTreeSearch database. She coordinates BGCI’s Global Tree Assessment tree red listing activities in Australia, Central American and Madagascar. She also assists the Global Trees Campaign and their communications.
Megan works on the Global Tree Assessment producing global red list assessments for timber species and different taxonomic groups. She also supports GTA partners in Papua New Guinea and the Southeast Asian region.
Gail Bromley MBE FLS is currently working as the Biodiversity Education Officer for BGCI on two EU projects, BigPicnic and LearntoEngage. She is a director of Botanic Garden Education Network.
Yvette supports BGCI’s work on the Global Trees Campaign and the Ecological Restoration Alliance. She also works on the Global Tree Assessment leading on the assessment of trees via our Least Concern workflow.
Vivien has been with BGCI since 1986 and has gotten to know our members very well over the years.
Contact Liz for any information on BGCI membership including how to become a member and paying your subscriptions; Liz can also help BGCI Members advertise news, events, and career opportunities.
Katharine is seconded at the IUCN Red List Unit in Cambridge where she works on reviewing and publishing tree red list assessments for the IUCN Red List.
Kate coordinates the International Plant Sentinel Network and the Global Seed Conservation Challenge.
Ryan is supporting BGCI’s work on the Global Tree Assessment. He is currently working on producing global Red List assessments for timber species. He also supports other Red List activities such as updating the ThreatSearch database.
You can support our plant conservation efforts by sponsoring membership for small botanic gardens, contributing to the Global Botanic Garden Fund, providing corporate sponsorship, and more!
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