The BESS programme Directorate is based at the University of York and is responsible for overseeing the proper management and coordination of the research and knowledge exchange activities undertaken, to ensure an integrated programme with maximum impact.

  • Prof Dave Raffaelli, Director

  • Prof Piran White, Deputy Director

  • Dr Kevin Hicks, Project Manager

  • Dr Steve Cinderby, Communications & Impact Manager

  • Dr Zoë Austin, Communications & Impact

  • Howard Cambridge, Website Manager

  • Laura Harrison - Knowledge Exchange/Engagement

  • Annemarieke de Bruin, Project Management & Monitoring

  • Douglas Wang, PMEC Database Development

  • Toshiko Smith, PA to Directorate

Programme Advisory Group

The Programme Advisory Group (PAG) will provide independent strategic advice on the programme research direction to the Directorate and Programme Executive Board.

  • Dr Sally Baillie, Forestry Commission

  • Prof Tim Benton, University of Leeds

  • Dr Joanna Drewitt, Scottish Government

  • Dr Julia Garritt, Forestry Commission – from 2015
  • Dr Jenny Gill, University of East Anglia

  • Dr Jan Hiddink, University of Bangor

  • Dr Simon Pickles, North East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre

  • Prof Guy Poppy, University of Southampton

  • Dr Mark Reed, University of Aberdeen

  • Dr Andrew Stott, Defra

  • Dr Rick Stuart, EDIC CEH Lancaster

  • Dr Ruth Waters, Natural England

  • Dr Allan Watt, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Programme Executive Board

The Programme Executive Board (PEB) is responsible for providing the strategic direction for the programme, and is the ultimate decision making authority for the programme.

  • Dr Dominique Butt, Senior Science Programme Officer
  • Dr Simon Kerley, Head of Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Prof Dave Raffaelli, BESS Director
  • Prof Piran White, BESS Deputy Director

The Secretariat based at NERC Swindon Office will liaise with the programme governing bodies to ensure efficient delivery of programme activities, coordinate grant funding activities and provide administrative support to the PEB.

  • Dominique Butt, Senior Science Programme Officer
  • Hannah Corney & Lucy Hopewell, Science Programmes Officer