Left to Right; Carys, Colin, Kate, Yusef

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 Data Manager

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.

Yusef Samari, Technical Officer

Yusef joined WWBIC in October 2019 and handles data enquiries, GIS and mapping services, data analyses and project work. He has a BSc in Ecology from the University of York and has previously worked for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, on long-term biodiversity monitoring projects in Scotland.

Yusef’s interests include trying to learn too many new things at once. He is broadly interested in all aspects of biology and natural history. In his spare time he likes to play guitar, slowly learn programming and is self-studying a maths A-level for fun.

Carys Williams, Biodiversity Information and Communications Officer

Carys joined WWBIC in September 2019 as a Biodiversity Information Assistant, assisting Kate Smith in the management of WWBIC’s biological records database. As of April 2021, Carys has undertaken more responsibilities including engagement and communications. Carys has a BSc in Zoology with Conservation (Bangor University) and a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management (Swansea University).

Carys’ interests include walking the dog and gardening. With a background in reserve management and visitor engagement, she enjoys being outdoors and recording wildlife.

Laura Moss, Biodiversity Information Assistant

Laura joined WWBIC in 2021 as a Biodiversity Information Assistant. She is a keen recorder with a broad interest in natural history. She lives on a small holding where she is trying to enhance the habitat and increase biodiversity. She is an active member of the Carmarthenshire Meadows Group steering group and runs the Big Meadow Search project.


WWBIC Directors

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