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.
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 - Sam Kelly (nee Langdon)
Formerly our Pembrokeshire adder coordinator on the Adders are Amazing! project, we are delighted to welcome Sam to our board of trustees. As well as significant experience as a professional ecologist, and running Adders are Amazing! Sam is now training to become a science teacher, and will be supporting and advising on our ongoing schools and community outreach programme. Sam is also Chair of Pembs ARG.
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.
Trustee - Alice Pawlik
Alice is a member of Devon ARG and Cornwall ARG, and is currently studying the links between the skin microbiome, pollution and disease susceptibility in common frogs for her PhD at the University of Exeter. Previously, Alice has reared pool frogs for reintroduction as ARC's Amphibian Husbandry Officer, was Project Assistant for Froglife’s London T.O.A.D Project, and has lots of experience working with both museum and zoological collections of reptiles and amphibians.
Vice Chair of Trustees – Mark Barber
Chair of our South and West Wales Group, SWWARG, Mark is also currently the Wales Dragonscapes Officer for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, with a remit to promote community engagement and conservation action for amphibians and reptiles across Wales.
Lead Safeguarding Trustee - Nicola Morris
A passionate herpetologist and Chair of Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group, Nicola ran CINNG a student Local Action Group based at Cornwall College, Newquay. Launched in 2010, they worked to increase action and awareness on INNS (Invasive Non-Native Species) and reduce the impacts INNS are currently having on native wildlife. In her current role as invasive species officer for the South West Lakes Trust she continues to guide ARG UK on all issues relating to invasive species. Nicola is also bringing her considerable experience in the further education system to become our lead safeguarding trustee.
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.
Lead Data Protection 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, and has designed and built our ARG WEB system. Steve is also our lead trustee on data protection issues.
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).