WWBIC staff from left to right: Kate, Sophie, Colin and Toni.

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 Environmental Record Centre’s across Wales. WWBIC’s position in this close network of LERC’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.

Toni Henwood, GIS Officer

Toni joined WWBIC in August 2018 to manage the centre’s GIS and spatial data used in our services, e.g. data enquiries. Additionally, she is involved in delivering geospatial products in collaboration with Local Authorities and other partners. Toni has a BSc in Environmental Geoscience (Cardiff University) and an MSc in GIS for Environmental Management (joint at Lund University and University of Southampton) which enabled her to explore her interest in nature on an international level.

Toni’s interests include hiking, wildlife photography and travelling – often undertaken all at the same time. She is currently a Living Seas volunteer at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.

Sophie Pope, Biodiversity Information Assistant

Sophie joined WWBIC in September 2018, and assists Kate Smith in the management of WWBIC’s biological records database. She graduated in 2017 from Lancaster University with a BA Geography degree, during which time she had the opportunity to explore her love of nature, culture and conservation.

Sophie’s interests include gardening, walking, cooking and travelling. She is passionate about projects that help people to enjoy nature, and has always taken pleasure in volunteering at nature reserves and community gardens, both in West Wales and the Lancaster area.

WWBIC Directors

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

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