Our people listing

BGCI Staff

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.

Paul
Smith

Secretary General

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.

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Suzanne Sharrock

Suzanne
Sharrock

Director of Global Programmes

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.

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Joachim Gratzfeld

Joachim
Gratzfeld

Director of Regional Programmes

Joachim joined BGCI as Director of Regional Programmes in November 2006. In this capacity he manages BGCI’s programme development at regional and national levels, working with botanic gardens and affiliated organisations and partners in many parts of world, notably in China, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Meirion
Jones

Head of Information Management

Meirion is our database expert and your contact for queries on BGCI’s PlantSearch and GardenSearch databases.

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Brian
Lainoff

Head of Membership Strategy and Services

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.

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Martha
Love

Head of Finance

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.

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Helen
Miller

Head of Education and Vocational Training

Helen leads BGCI’s public engagement activities including LearnToEngage, BigPicnic, and BGCI’s International Congresses on Education in Botanic Gardens.

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Malin
Rivers

Head of Conservation Prioritisation

Malin manages the Global Tree Assessment, overseeing all global tree red listing activities at BGCI. She manages ThreatSearch database. Malin is the secretary of the IUCN/SSC Global Tree Specialist Group and chair of the IUCN Red List Technical Working Group.

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Kirsty
Shaw

Head of Ecological Restoration and Tree Conservation

Kirsty manages a range of tree conservation and ecological restoration projects at BGCI.

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Noelia
Alvarez

Plant Conservation Project Manager

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.

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Megan Barstow

Megan
Barstow

Conservation Officer

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.

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Emily Beech

Emily
Beech

Conservation Officer

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.

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Gail
Bromley

Biodiversity Education Officer

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.

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Yvette
Harvey-Brown

Conservation Officer

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.

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Vivien
Isaac

Accounts Officer

Vivien has been with BGCI since 1986 and has gotten to know our members very well over the years.

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Liz
Smith

Membership & Administration Officer

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.

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Katharine
Davies

Tree Red List Coordinator

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.

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Liliana
Derewnicka

Education Coordinator

Lili supports the running of BGCI’s public engagement activities, her role includes being involved in project management of LearnToEngage and BigPicnic. Lili is also supports co-ordination of BGCI’s Education Congress. Lili is lead editor of Roots and produces Cultivate.

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Kate
Marfleet

Seed Conservation and Plant Health Network Coordinator

Kate coordinates the International Plant Sentinel Network and the Global Seed Conservation Challenge.

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Ryan Hills

Ryan
Hills

Global Tree Assessment Conservation Assistant

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.

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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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