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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.
A 16-member Council directs the work of Ulster Wildlife. Council members take on this role on a voluntary basis. Council members are elected by Ulster Wildlife members.
Current Chair - Dr Roy Ramsay
Dr Roy Ramsay retired at the end of 2009 as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency after 35 years experience in the field of Environmental Protection. He was formerly a Director of SNIFFER (the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research) and a Member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the QUESTOR Centre at Queens University.
Current Members of the Council
Mr Ken Brundle (Vice Chair)
Ken has over 30 years experience in the Aerospace industry and is currently Vice-Chairman of Bombardier Aerospace Shorts. From 1996 - 2000 Ken was Head of Shorts and more recently he was based in Montreal from 2000 - 2004 being responsible for all operations at Canadair, de Haviland, Learjet and Shorts. He was founder Chairman of the Northern Ireland 'One Percent Club' and has been actively involved in business support for Northern Ireland charities. He also served previously as both Chairman of Maydown Precision Engineering and Belfast City Airport. Ken has served as a Trustee of Ulster Wildlife and is also currently Chairman of Praxis, the Northern Ireland Mental Health and Learning Disability Charity and a Trustee of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. He is also the Chair of Bombardier Aerospace and Transportation Pension Schemes.
Joe Furphy OBE (Honorary President)
Joe was the first local person to work in nature conservation in Northern Ireland in 1965, and spent 32 years in what is now NIEA. Since retirement, he has been involved in several voluntary organisations and was awarded both an OBE and the Christopher Cadbury medal for his efforts.
Mr Ross Boyd (Honorary Treasurer)
Ross Boyd, chartered accountant, began his working life as an engineer in shipyards. Having worked all over the world, he moved into costings, then accounting and set up his own firm in 2010 in Belfast which currently employs 10 people and plans to expand to 20 within three years.
Gillian has worked in the Health and Social Care sector in Northern Ireland for 10 years during which time she has held various positions within acute, community, mental health and disability services. Gillian currently works for the Health and Social Care Board where her role involves leading service improvement projects aimed at changing Northern Ireland’s health and social care system to meet our needs now and into the future.
Mr Peter Archdale
Peter retired from the Royal Navy at the end of 2006 when he returned to Omagh to live on his father’s farm (now an Ulster Wildlife nature reserve). His time is taken up with a range of voluntary and statutory bodies, including Camphill Communities (NI), the Loughs Agency Advisory Forum and South West College Board of Governors. Since 2009 he has been Deputy Chairman of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, the statutory body responsible for advising the Minister of the Environment. This post brings with it membership of a wide range of committees, including the EU funds Monitoring Committees and JNCC.
Dr Bob Brown OBE
Bob has been involved with research and wildlife conservation for almost 40 years, and worked with The National Trust on Strangford Lough, and as Director of RSPB's Northern Ireland operations. Bob is a marine biologist with an interest in birds, as well as many other aspects of wildlife. He has previously chaired the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Group (NIBG).
Mrs Edith Finlay
Edith is a science teacher at The High School, Ballynahinch. In this role, she teaches all aspects of Science, including horticulture, and coordinates Personal Development within the school.
Mr Ben Matson
Ben is currently a trainee solicitor in a commercial legal practice in Belfast. He recently completed a Masters degree in Environmental Law & Sustainable Development that included voluntary work with the Trust.
Dr Jim McAdam
Jim is a Senior Principal Scientific Officer at DARD’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute with a specific interest in agri-environment matters. He is also Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s and teaches courses on Rural Development, Environmental Management and the History of Land Use in Ireland.
Lorraine runs her own consultancy practice specialising in project development, change management and mediation. Prior to this, Lorraine was Director of the Joint Secretariat of SEUPB, from 2012- 2016, where she was responsible for operational implementation of the Peace III programme and Interreg IVA programme. Lorraine also has 11 years experience in local government including most recently as Assistant Director of Technical Services for Fermanagh District Council. She has also worked in the charitable sector as Countryside Services Manager for the Mourne Heritage Trust and as the Senior Grants Officer for the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Craig McGuicken is Chief Executive Officer of Northern Ireland Environment Link. Craig has worked extensively within the heritage and cultural sectors in Northern Ireland. Most recently he was Operations Director at SS Nomadic in Belfast. He was also Curator and Acting Head of Derry City Council Heritage Service, where he was involved in a range of projects. Recently, he was a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Museums Council and the Walled Towns Network of Ireland.
Fiona has 27 years’ experience as an HR practitioner in Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services (Short Bros plc) where she is Manager of Human Resources Business Partners and Equal Opportunities. She has extensive experience in a large multi-unionised aerospace manufacturer and has faced the varying challenges of the business cycle from significant upturn to significant downsizing. She leads a team of HR Professionals who advise management on the full range of HR activities, and design and implement HR processes that support strategic business aims.
Ms Doris Noe
Since writing ‘Natural Belfast – An Inventory of Important Wildlife Habitats’ (RSPB ’87) Doris has co-founded several natural heritage, education and tourism-related bodies. She is Chairman of Lecale Conservation. Through such voluntary roles and her employment with the British Council, Doris has gained widespread respect for her knowledge and understanding of subjects as diverse as Biodiversity, Climate Change, Cultural Relations, Education, Rural Communities and Tourism
Professor Howard Platt
Howard is a zoologist and marine biologist with over 40 years experience in nature conservation. He previously worked at NIEA for 21 years where he was Chief Scientist and prior to that, was Managing Director of Marenco, a private firm of environmental consultants. He is now working as an independent environmental consultant. In addition to his marine biological expertise, he is an expert on environmental legislation, pollution and marine renewable energy. He is also a keen diver and photographer.
Edward has nearly 20 years’ experience working professionally as an environmentalist, currently within the agri-food sector. Previous to this he was an environmental consultant to both the public and private sector and was Sustainability Director of Business in the Community/ARENA Network. He has a particular interest in supporting business to ensure it makes a positive contribution to protecting and enhancing our natural environment.
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 took up the post of 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.
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 Wildlife 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.