FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

How We Are Run

Governance

The FSC is a registered charity in England and Wales, and in Scotland.  The Board of Trustees is the governing body, responsible for ensuring that FSC conducts its affairs in accordance with the Articles of Association and the law.

The Board and its principal committees operate to a schedule of quarterly meetings. Once policy and strategy have been agreed, responsibility for implementation lies with the Chief Executive and Management Team.

People

Patron
HRH The Prince of Wales 

President
Professor Timothy P Burt FAGU FRGS 

Chairman
Professor Desmond B A Thompson FRSE FCIEEM 

Chief Executive
Robert Lucas 

Vice Patrons
David Elleray MBE
Professor Steve Jones FRS
Joanna Mcvey
David Streeter MBE FRSB
Professor Iain Stewart MBE PRSGS FRSE 

Vice President
Alastair Lavery OBE

Chairs’ Committee

 Prof Timothy P Burt (President)

Tim Burt

Former Master of Hatfield College, Durham University.

Tim first visited an FSC Centre in the mid-1970s (Nettlecombe) when a PhD student at Bristol, helping to run a field course.  He then started taking his own field trips from Huddersfield Polytechnic  to Slapton and Rhyd-y-Creuau, as well as supervising placement students. At Oxford he continued to use Slapton and at Durham started taking students to Blencathra; this course is still running nearly 20 years later.

Tim became a FSC trustee in 1982, Chairman in 1996 and President in 2014. He comments: ‘I have learned a great deal from being involved with FSC as well as, hopefully, putting something back into the organisation’.

Tim’s academic interests are in physical geography, in particular hydrology, geomorphology and climate change. The very long nitrate record for the Slapton Wood catchment, unique for such a small basin, has been one focus of his research over nearly 40 years.  Tim was awarded the David Linton Award by the British Socienty for Geomorphology (2017), and edits Field Studies.

Prof Desmond Thompson (FSC Chairman)

Des ThompsonPrincipal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Des manages scientific, and advisory work on biodiversity and climate change in SNH, and led some of Britain’s upland nature conservation work for the government and its agencies.  Hailing from the Scottish Highlands, he graduated in biology at the University of West of Scotland, and took his PhD and DSc from the University of Nottingham.  

Becoming Chairman in 2014, having previously chaired the Finance and Administration Committee, Des is immensely proud of the superb outdoor learning opportunities available at FSC centres.  Visits to these special places have been real highlights for many people, who enthuse about their ambience, facilities and talented staff.  

With specialist interests in the uplands and bird ecology, Des has written and edited many books and papers.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, he serves as chair or member of several international and national committees.  He is passionate about the importance of fieldwork, has co-supervised many research students, and enjoys hill walking, bird watching, landscape photography and rock climbing. 

Mr Andrew Simpson (Chair of Education Committee)

Andy Simpson (3)

Andy has spent a working lifetime exciting young people about nature.  After becoming a teacher he worked first for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust but most significantly for RSPB where he rose to become Head of Youth and Education.

During his RSPB career Andy was responsible for Wildlife Explorers, the world's biggest wildlife club for young people with over 200,000 members.  He expanded education programmes from 6 reserves to over 40.  He was very active politically promoting the importance of nature in every child's education.  This led to his role as a founder of the Real World Learning campaign culminating in two Parliamentary Select Committee enquiries and the founding of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.  Andy ran the successful Breathing Places schools nature programme for the BBC and co-founded The Wild Network. 

Andy has a long history of supporting FSC and identifies the start of his passion for nature to a primary school residential to a field centre. When he is not working for FSC, Andy sits on the committees of the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Mr Geoffrey Brown (Honorary Treasurer)

Geoff BrownGeoff spent his entire career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group, working both in the UK and abroad. He became an accountant whilst with Shell, gaining the ACCA qualification. Geoff ended his Shell career in the position of Global Finance Manager for one of Shell’s businesses.  All Geoff’s roles were financially based, with the exception of being Head of Commercial Recruitment for Shell International in London, in the mid 1990’s.

 Whilst in this role Geoff started sponsoring University Expeditions and came into contact with Professor Tim Burt, the FSC Chairman, then Chair of the Oxford University Expeditions Council. Geoff was subsequently asked to become the FSC Honorary Treasurer, taking up this post in 2003 shortly before his retirement from Shell.

Since retirement, Geoff has become a Magistrate.  He is passionate about the FSC’s financial performance and stability, and he has a keen eye for our environmental performance.

Mr John Thomson (Chair of Finance and Administration Committee)

John ThomsonJohn’s love of the countryside and wildlife drew him irresistibly from degrees in history and economics and an early career in the Treasury to the world of conservation and outdoor recreation.

Roles there included 5 years as Principal Finance and Establishment Officer at the Countryside Commission and almost 20 years as a Director in Scottish Natural Heritage.  Always keen to combine policy and practice, he has since retiring in 2011 remained active in the environmental and rural development fields through heavy involvement in a variety of voluntary bodies and by running with his wife a small herd of native Galloway cattle.  

Many years of observation have convinced him of the key role that childhood experience of nature plays in shaping people’s environmental attitudes and broader values.  It thus gives him great pleasure to contribute to the awareness-raising work of FSC, which he sees as crucial to a future both more sustainable and more fulfilling.

Mrs Angela Bailey (FSC Vice Chair)

Angela Bailey
Angela has been involved in environmental education all her working life. Until her retirement in 2013 she taught both geography and biology at GCSE and A level and, when her school embarked on the IBDP, she was took responsibility for running the Environmental Systems and Societies course. She has worked for OCR as a senior examiner and question paper evaluator for geography at GCSE level.

Her past pupils always remember their residential field courses as some of the best times at school and Angela is firmly committed to FSC's vision of extending such fieldwork opportunities to as many people as possible.

 

 

Trustees

Ms Kim Adams
Mr Paul Airey
Mr Peter Anderson
Mrs Angela Bailey
Mr Geoff Brown
Dr Caroline Bucklow
Prof Timothy Burt
Mr Rob Cooke
Dr Martin Dixon
Ms Tara Duncan
Lady Isabel Glasgow
Prof Peter Higgins
Dr John J Hopkins
Dr Karen Kerr
Mr Chris Lane
Prof Rob Marrs
Ms Gill Miller
Ms Helen Munro
Mr Bill Rogers
Prof Des Thompson
Ms Jenifer White