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

Jonathan Hewitt


As Chair of NHSN, Jonathan chairs and facilitates Council meetings. He is also a member of the General Purposes Committee, the Investment Committee and Gosforth Nature Reserve Management Committee. He brings experience and expertise as a former solicitor and his interests include general natural history, botany and ornithology.

Brian Kram


Brian is Treasurer, who leads on overseeing financial matters of NHSN. He is also a member of the General Purposes Committee. 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.

Dr Gordon Port


Gordon is a trustee and Vice-chair. Gordon is also NHSN’s invertebrate section coordinator, leading popular invertebrate events and bringing expertise to reserve Open Days. Gordon also plays an active role in supporting NHSN’s citizen science scheme, the North East Bee Hunt, and is a contributing author of Bumblebees of North East England. His interests include general natural history and entomology, with a specialist interest in Hemiptera. Gordon is a lecturer at Newcastle University and is Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

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.

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 Management Committee. 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.

Cain Scrimgeour

Cain brings experience and expertise from a variety of roles including media production, business management, eco-tourism and academia. He is Media Director and Expedition Leader of Wild Intrigue, an eco-tourism social enterprise with an aim to inspire, educate and rewild everyone. He lectures at University of Cumbria as part of the BA (Hons) Wildlife Media team, developing and delivering media- and wildlife-based modules. Cain is a naturalist and is passionate about sharing the wonders of the natural world through events, media and teaching.

Sammy Mason

Sammy is a PhD student at Durham University. 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.

Rob Carr

Working 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.

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.

Michael Turner

Michael is a trustee, a member of the Library Committee 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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