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We are a membership-driven NI charity. A Council elected by our membership governs us. Work is carried out by a dedicated staff team, supported by a large number of committed volunteers.
Our members are at the heart of our work. We are dependent upon our individual members and supporters who provide income, influence and practical action to ensure the continuance of our work for nature. Everyone is eligible to become a member of the Ulster Wildlife. Families and young members are very welcome and can avail of our Wildlife Watch membership. See our membership section for further information about how to join. In 2011, a family from Co. Down helped us reach our 10,000th member milestone.
A 15-member Council direct the work of the Ulster Wildlife. Council members take on this role on a voluntary basis. Council members are elected by the Ulster Wildlife membership.
Mr Joe Furphy was appointed in 1965 as one of the first two scientific staff for what is now the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. He has been involved, particularly since retirement, in several bodies, both statutory and voluntary; he is both a past and current Chairman of UWT. 2007 was his big year, with the award of both the OBE and the Christopher Cadbury Medal
Current Members of the Council
- Dr Roy Ramsay (Vice Chairman)
- Mr Peter Closkey (Treasurer)
- Mr Tom McClelland
- Dr Jim McAdam
- Dr Lucinda Blakison Houston
- Mrs Margaret Finlay
- Dr Bob Brown OBE
- Mr Philip Lennon
- Mr Duggie Anderson
- Mrs Edith Finlay
- Ms Doris Noe
- Prof Jim Kitchen
- Mr Ben Matson
- Mr Graham Fitzgerald
We are currently seeking volunteers who have the skills and interest necessary to join our Council. Find out more here.
Our staff team is made up of core posts in three departments (Nature Conservation, Development, and Corporate Services) which drive the work of Ulster Wildlife, as well as many project posts where staff deliver projects locally.
Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Fulton began work as Chief Executive Officer at Ulster Wildlife in Spring 2012. Jennifer has an extensive and relevant background. Having begun her career in the Department of Agriculture on the delivery of agri-environment schemes and associated training programmes, she worked as a consultant on EU interstate projects. Subsequently, she managed a range of voluntary bodies and recently consulted on aspects of the reform of local government for three district councils.
Positions within in Ulster Wildlife
See jobs section for any advertised positions
Ulster Wildlife Learning Guides
Our education work is supported by a dedicated team of experienced learning guides. Guides work with us by delivering talks, guided nature walks and activities; sharing their knowledge of wildlife with children, young people and local communities.
People volunteer their time to help us deliver our wide-ranging work. We are fortunate to have access to a wide range of skills through our volunteers from practical conservation to data processing. We welcome whatever time commitment those interested in volunteering may have to give, from once off to volunteering on a regular basis.
See our volunteering section to see what positions are currently available.
The Wildlife Trusts
Ulster Wildlife is one of 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney, who work in partnership as The Wildlife Trusts. The Wildlife Trusts is the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places everywhere – at land and sea. Together, we are supported by more than 800,000 members, 150,000 of which belong to our junior branch - Wildlife Watch. For Ulster Wildilfe being a part of The Wildlife Trusts means that our impact stretches beyond NI and that we have a strong input on UK-wide nature conservation issues.