National coordinator - Angie Julian
Angie first took on the role of Secretary to ARG UK as a volunteer in January 2011. Since 2016, thanks to generous grants from the Patsy Wood Trust and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, she has been able to work for us as National Coordinator on a part time basis. Angie coordinates the network of volunteer amphibian and reptile groups, liaising with the chairs and committees, and also administers the websites, our recording database - Record Pool, helps to organise meetings including the annual Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting, and is the first point of contact for national representation by ARG UK. Angie is also secretary of OxARG.
Pembrokeshire adder coordinator - Sam Langdon
Based in Pembrokeshire, where she is an active member of SSWARG, and freelance professional ecologist with extensive experience in amphibian and reptile ecology and surveys, bat ecology and a range of other habitat and species survey work; we are delighted to welcome Sam to the part time role of Pembrokeshire adder coordinator on our exciting new project, Adders are Amazing! The project aims to conserve adders in Pembrokeshire by championing community engagement and developing a new volunteer training and survey programme. Sam works closely with Pembrokeshire County Council, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, National Trust, local partners and communities to engage and enthuse the public in adder conservation.
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.
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.
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.
Trustee - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trustee - Steve Langham
Steve is chair of the Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG). He has been a data management, science and technology advisor to Natural England, Government Departments, NGOs and Industry. He is an advocate for the independent ARG network and the use of objective evidence. For many years he has been developing survey applications to ensure conservation information gets to where it is needed.
The grass roots of reptile and amphibian conservation in the UK - the ARGs!
The Board of Trustees is elected by the affiliated member ARGs, and many are drawn from the volunteer network. All ARGs that are affiliated to ARGUK are eligible to vote at the AGM in January/February (the AGM is held at the annual Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting).