NHSN is grateful to our Trustees, who share their time and considerable expertise to oversee the strategic direction of NHSN.

Dr Gordon Port


A retired lecturer from Newcastle University, Gordon is NHSN’s Invertebrate Specialist Group coordinator, leading popular invertebrate events and bringing expertise to reserve open days. Gordon also plays an active role in supporting NHSN’s citizen science schemes and was a contributing author of Bumblebees of North East England. His interests include general natural history and entomology, with a specialist interest in Hemiptera.

Dr Annie Tindley


An academic at Newcastle University, Annie is Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and Professor of British and Irish Rural History. She is experienced in leadership and strategic direction, including consortium directorship of the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium. She is also Honorary Advisor on land management plans for National Trust Scotland and runs archival and publication masterclasses for the Scottish History Society. Using the NHSN Library and Archive, Annie has carried out research on John Hancock and his taxidermy.

Brian Kram


A retired accountant, Brian is Treasurer and leads on overseeing the financial matters of NHSN. Brian is a qualified accountant with designations of ACMA CGMA. Spending his time equally between finance, IT and project implementations, he is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems Manager for a manufacturing company. His interests include general natural history and ornithology.

Rob Carr

Working for the Environment Agency throughout the North East and more specifically in the Tyne catchment, Rob coordinates partnerships to come together to develop and deliver environmental projects for the benefit of people and wildlife. He works with many partners, including NHSN, to develop and find funding for projects. He is a member of the Durham Wildlife Trust and sits on their Conservation Committee. Rob also sits on the Newcastle Blue-Green Cities Learning and Action Alliance and acts as a task force member of the University of Durham NATURVAION project.

Lisa Gill

Lisa currently works at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as a Peatland Support Officer. She is a recent graduate from Newcastle University, having studied an MSc in Conservation and Ecosystem Management. During her time as a student, Lisa wrote an article for the NHSN and delivered an 1829 Talk on her dissertation research project, analysing the effects of cattle grazing in semi-ancient wood pasture in Kielder Forest.

Alexandra Healey

An Archivist and Librarian currently working in Newcastle University Special Collections, Alexandra has a special interest in using archives and rare books in education. She is a Registered Member of the Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland, and Chair of their Archives for Learning and Education Section. The section committee provides training in this area and showcases examples of best practice through their blog and social media presence. Alexandra has contributed to multiple successful bids for Archives Accreditation awards and sits on the NHSN’s Social and Cultural Advisory Group.

Sammy Mason

Sammy currently works for the British Ecological Society. She works on the citizen science project MammalWeb which aims to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in mammal monitoring with camera traps. She is passionate about engaging children and young people with nature and has worked with thousands of students across North East England on various different projects. Sammy has delivered multiple talks for NHSN and has been involved in open days at Gosforth Nature Reserve as well as bringing students to visit the reserve.

Dr Chris Redfern

Chris is a trustee and past Chair of NHSN. He leads the NHSN Bird Ringing Group and is a member of the Gosforth Nature Reserve Advisory Group. Chris is also lead editor of NHSN’s Northumbrian Naturalist and a former editor of the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) journal Ringing & Migration. Chris’ interests include ornithology, bird-ringing and ornithological data analysis, and represents NHSN on the Coquet Island Advisory Committee. He also is an academic in molecular and cellular biology at Newcastle University.

Michael Turner

Michael is a trustee and a library volunteer. He is also a Director of the Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum and a former Chairman of Friends of Saltwell Park. A passionate local ornithologist with an interest in the history of natural history, he produced the paper in the Northumbrian Naturalist titled ‘Thomas Robson – The Forgotten Bird Man’ and leads guided bird walks for local organisations, groups and the community.

Dr Rinke Vinkenoog

Rinke works at Northumbria University as the Programme Leader for MSc Biotechnology. Rinke is a STEM ambassador and active in public outreach, working with schools, societies and groups to encourage outdoor learning and engage with natural history. Over the years, he has presented his research at NHSN’s talks, supported NHSN’s public outreach work and is a contributing author of Bumblebees of North East England.

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