Nominated by: Buckinghamshire Parish Councils
My family has lived in the Parish for at least six generations and it has been my home for the last 30 years. I took retirement in 2012 after nearly 40 years on the scientific staff of the Natural History Museum in London; latterly in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, which was set up to promote Citizen Science. My work has included managing projects in Biodiversity Informatics funded by the National Lottery Fund and European Union involving multiple international partners. I have had a twelve-year involvement with the National Biodiversity Network, through managing the master list of UK organisms, and have served on its Policy Committee. This aspect of my work has brought me into regular contact with Government countryside and environment agencies, conservation organisations and wildlife groups. I am a past President of the Quekett Microscopical Club (founded in 1865) and have served on its committee for 30 years. Since my retirement I have developed an interest in Geographic Information Systems and am engaged in mapping work for my Parish Council and for the Chiltern Society Heritage Group.
Fellow of the Linnean Society, sometime Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Microscopical Society. Member of the Chiltern Society, BBOWT, CPRE, Woodland Trust, Frieth Natural History Society (committee member), National Biodiversity Network, National Art Collections Fund. Life Member of the National Trust.
In fulfilling my role on the Board, I would seek to:
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