Colin, Kate, Georgina and Josh, November 2016

Colin Russell, Centre Manager

Colin joined WWBIC in 2008 and his responsibilities, as well as managing all aspects of the centre, include liason with WWBIC’s funding partners and the other three Local Record Centre’s across Wales. WWBIC’s position in this close network of LRC’s means that as manager, he can access the experience available within the other centres, and contribute at a strategic level to delivering the highest quality biodiversity information for the public benefit.

Colin has a degree in zoology and a great love of the countryside. His hobbies over the years have taken him outdoors climbing, surfing and lately, sailing around the Pembrokeshire coast and Haven Waterway.

Kate Smith, Senior Species Data Officer

Kate joined WWBIC in 2006 and is responsible for managing our database of biological records. Kate has a key role in maintaining the high quality of biodiversity information which we can provide. As part of this role she works closely with voluntary and professional biological recorders around our region to collate, manage and validate information on species.

Kate’s hobbies include travelling, walking and photography. Many of the images you see on the website are Kate’s work from West Wales. She has a deep love of natural history, wildlife and nature conservation, and a great admiration for people who have the time and knowledge to make biological records with such accuracy and care.

Joshua Jones, GIS Officer

Josh is the latest member of our team, joining us in February 2016 for a fixed term of three years. In this role Josh will be responsible for developing and managing GIS and other spatial data products and services, such as data enquiries, provided by the centre. In addition to these duties Josh is involved in delivering geospatial products derived from a range of data sources in collaboration with Local Authorities and other partners.

Josh has a degree in Environmental Science and is in the process of completing his PhD in the use of remote sensing and modelling of assessing regeneration in tropical rainforests. His hobbies centre around being outside and include cycling, open water swimming, surfing, photography and playing guitar.

Georgina Young, Biodiversity Information Assistant

Georgina joined the WWBIC team in September 2016 as Biodiversity Information Assistant and will be with us for a fixed period of 6 months. In the role Georgina will be responsible for mobilising biodiversity information into an electronic format for incorporation into the species database of WWBIC.

Georgina studied Ecology at Cardiff University and since graduating has worked in the wildlife conservation sector as an ecological surveyor and a science engagement officer. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and being outdoors either walking, bird watching or getting involved with species monitoring and practical management of local reserves.

WWBIC Directors

  • Jane Hodges (Chair)
  • Nigel Ajax-Lewis (Secretary)
  • Annie Haycock
  • Bob Haycock
  • Trevor Theobald
  • Lizzie Wilberforce
  • Huw Jones
  • Chloe Griffiths
  • Fiona Lanc
  • Adrian Pugh

WWBIC would like to recruit new directors to the board. We would be particularly interested in people with a business or IT background. If you think you have the right experience and skills to be an asset to the company and you would like to contribute to the work we do as a voluntary director, please contact the manager, Colin Russell colin@westwalesbiodiversity.org.uk