About us

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Angie Julian

National coordinator - Angie Julian

Angie took on the role of Secretary to ARG UK as a volunteer in January 2011.  in 2016, thanks to a generous grant from the Patsy Wood Trustt, she is now able to work for us on a part time basis. She also works for BSG Ecology (part time) and is secretary of the Oxfordshire ARG group.


jo richards

Publicity - Jo Richards

Jo supports the Board of Trustees bringing her experiences from the ever-successful Kent Reptile & Amphibian Group.  We welcome Jo's help on publicity and social media for the ARG volunteer network.

Chris Cathrine

Scottish policy adviser - Chris Cathrine

Chris is a member of Central Scotland ARG and Clyde ARG. He runs an ecological consultancy which undertakes reptile and amphibian work, including production of guidance for government organisations, as well as running training courses and completing surveys and mitigation for developments and conservation habitat management. In recent years he has conducted research in to grass snake distribution in Scotland, and contributed to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Scotland book.


Following our conversion to a CIO in February 2016, ARG UK is now guided by a Board of Trustees comprising a Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, Secretary, supported by ARG representatives and advisors. The Trustees meet twice a year, normally in January/February (at the Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting) and October.

Chris Monk

Chair of Trustees - Chris Monk

Chris is secretary of the Derbyshire Amphibian & Reptile Group and has organised the carrying out of survey work in the Peak District for adders since 2005, as well as coordinating Make The Adder Count. He has worked for Pond Conservation in South Yorkshire and now works in Countryside Management in Derbyshire, and has had the pleasure of showing Ray Mears around his favourite amphibian ponds.

mark barber

Vice Chair of Trustees – Mark Barber

Mark was voted in as Vice-Chair at the 2013 ARGUK AGM in Edinburgh. He is currently the Wales Officer for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, with a remit to promote community engagement in amphibian and reptile conservation across Wales, as well as a leading light in SWWARG, where he has been an active member for several years. Mark is a charity trustee of ARGUK.

Jan Clemons

Treasurer Trustee - Jan Clemons

Jan is a long-time member of Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team, and served as chair of ARGUK for five years. Jan is also Conservation Officer for the British Herpetological Society and an ARC Trustee. She is still looking for an adder in Warwickshire after 10 years of searching.

Gary Hovell

Trustee – Gary Hovell

Gary has been a member, of the Lothian amphibian and reptile group since 2007 and has been the secretary from 2010. Currently based in East Lothian and studying to be an adult nurse, Gary is a charity trustee of ARGUK. To get in touch with Gary please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

John Baker looking for frogs

Trustee - John Baker

John is treasurer of Suffolk ARG, and works as an ecological consultant based in Suffolk. He has a long career in herpetology, with stints at ARC and Froglife. He monitors the reintroduction sites for our rarest native amphibian, the pool frog.

Nigel Hand

Trustee - Nigel Hand 

Nigel is an active committee member of the Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (HART), and amphibian and reptile recorder for the region. He is particularly passionate about adders, and has filmed the species for BBC One, ITV and recorded for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester. He has also pioneered the use of radio telemetry to track adders in the UK, and is a recognised expert in this field.

Nicola Morris

Trustee - Nicola Morris 

As well as a passionate herpetologist and active member of Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group, Nicola runs SINNG a student Local Action Group based at Cornwall College, Newquay. Launched in 2010,  they are working to increase action and awareness on INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species) and reduce the impacts INNS are currently having on native wildlife. Action includes practical fieldwork, research, public engagement and raising awareness.

The grass roots of reptile and amphibian conservation in the UK - the ARGs!

The Board of Trustees is made up of volunteers from around the ARGUK network. As well as the secretariat and executive roles above, all ARGs that are affiliated to ARGUK are eligible to vote at the AGM in January/February (the AGM is held at the Herpetofauna Workers' meeting). 

Expert guidance to the trustees is given by various organisations including advisers from the Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust, the Freshwater Habitats Trust, the Environment Agency, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Wildlife Trusts, the Association of Local Government Ecologists and others as appropriate.  If anyone would like to help with the Panel, bring expertise on matters concerning amphibian and reptile conservation, please do contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..