The British Herpetological Society

Our Officers


The Executive

  • Finance Officer: Ms Gail Austen

    The Finance Officer post was newly created in 2018 with an objective of securing assistance for the Treasurer

  • Secretary (and Membership Secretary): Mr. Trevor Rose

    The Secretary's primary duties are to  receive and handle the Society's mail and to maintain effective,  up to date membership records. The Secretary is also responsible for the distribution of the Society's publications, general administration and dealing with enquiries.


  • Treasurer: Mr. Michael Wise (co-opted)

    The Treasurer's primary duties are to maintain books of accounts, control the receipt and payment of cash, liase with the Society's bank and  ensure annual accounts are prepared.  He or She also has responsibility for budgeting  for future expenditure, presenting up-to-date financial returns at Council meetings or, after notice, when required confirm the Annual Accounts Statements with two Auditors who are Members of the Society but not Members of Council.

  • Chair: Mark Hollowell (interim - co-opted)

    The Chair is responsible for the day to day organisation of the Society's activities working in conjunction with the other executive members. He / She also chairs  meetings of the Council in conjunction with the Secretary.


  • President: Dr Gerardo Garcia

    The role of the President is to represent the Society at all levels and as widely as possible, and to officiate at the Society's public meetings.


  • Research Committee Chair: Dr. Chris Gleed-Owen

    The Research Committee Chair co-organises the annual Scientific Meeting in conjunction with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC). The Chair also oversees the Society's research grant program and contributes advice to Council on research oriented topics.


  • Education Committee Chair: Kim Le Breuilly

    The activities and responsibilites of the Education Committee Chair include organising meetings of the Education Commitee; promoting  the interests of and providing support for the Young Herpetologists (YH); dealing with queries from YH members and, together with other Council members,  promoting and facilitating education of the public  on herpetological matters.


  • Captive Breeding Committee Chair: Dr. Simon Townson

    The activities and responsibilities of the Captive Breeding Committee Chair include the promotion of responsible animal keeping, helping  to co-ordinate breeding projects; publication and distribution of a series of information sheets, scientific articles and the rolling book programme (7 titles to date); assist with members queries and requests for advice and help from outside organizations and individuals, as far as possible; co-ordinate and manage the CBC small grants scheme for captive breeding / conservation project collaborations with members and outside institutions; provide advice when requested ( including written submissions) to government and other organizations, with regard to herpetology and legislation.


  • Conservation Officer: Mrs Jan Clemons

    The Conservation Officer liaises with key UK nature conservation organisations and advises Council accordingly. The Conservation Officer may also organise events and activities in support of UK herptile conservation and generally represents these interests on Council.



  • Meetings Organiser - Mr Paul Eversfield (co-opted)

    The Meetings Organiser is responsible  for developing and expanding the BHS meetings program.





  • Trade Monitoring Officer: Dr Jon Bielby

    The Trade Officer has the general brief to liase with the Trade and update Council and the wider Society on significant regulatory changes  - potential and actual - that may impact the interests and activities of BHS members. The Officer monitors the activities of the trade and is aware of what animals and what equipment is available. The Officer also looks at government and other authorities' activities and represents the BHS view if asked. Legal, regulatory and commercial activities form the bulk of the Officer's activity.

  • Website and Communications Officer - Mr. Anthony Plettenberg Laing

    Responsibilities pending revision. The Development Officer is currently handling the functions of Website Editor / Webmaster as an interim solution, following launch of the new BHS website in September 2013. 


  • Development Officer: Mr. Mark Hollowell

    The role of the Development Officer is to assist with all matters relating to the Society's continuing development as a modern membership organisation. In particular, and as necessary, with issues concerning the website, policy and development, as well as modernising the BHS's publications strategy.


The Herpetological Journal

  • Back Issues

    For back issues of the Herpetological Journal, please email Trevor Rose:  or write to: The British Herpetological Society, 11, Strathmore Place, Montrose, Angus DD10 8LQ

  • Associate Scientific Editors
    • Richard P. Brown ( Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
    • Anthony Herrel (Museum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris, France)
    • Simon Loader ( University of Roehampton, UK)
    • Mirco Solé (Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Ilhéus, Brasil)
    • Robert Puschendorf  (University of Plymouth, UK)
    • Dr Robert Jehle (University of Salford, UK)
  • Managing Editor: Mrs Sarah Berry

    The Managing Editor is responsible for journal production. This involves final editing of manuscripts received from the Scientific Editor, resolving queries with authors, production of proofs using DTP, correction of final proofs, dealing with reprint orders, and production of final copy for the commercial print unit. Also handles all book reviews.


  • Scientific Editor: Dr. Rachael Antwis

    The Scientific Editor is responsible for the receipt and review of all manuscripts submitted to the HJ for publication. This involves liaison with authors, referees, associate editors and members of the editorial board. The Scientific Editor makes the final decisions concerning the suitability of papers for publication based on the reviews received, and forwards accepted manuscripts to the Managing Editor for processing.

    All contributions should be addressed by e-mail to the scientific editor:


    Dr Rachael Antwis

    Lecturer in Global Ecology and Conservation

    School of Environment and Life Sciences

    Room 336, Peel Building

    University of Salford

    Salford M5 4WT


The Herpetological Bulletin

  • Managing Editor: Mrs. Sarah Berry

    The role of the Bulletin Editor is to oversee the production and publication of The Herpetological Bulletin. This involves checking and editing of articles to ensure that they conform to the Bulletin's house style, coordination of the layout of articles using DTP, production of author's page proofs, and liaison with the commercial print bureau. Other specific responsibilities of the Editor include the distribution of offprints and complimentary copies of the Bulletin to authors, and return of photographs/original artwork.

  • Receiving Editor: Dr. Roger Meek

    The Receiving Editor is responsible for the receipt and review of all manuscripts submitted to the HB for publication. This involves liaison with authors, referees, associate editors and members of the editorial associates. The Receiving Editor makes the final decisions concerning the suitability of papers for publication based on the reviews received, and forwards accepted manuscripts to the Managing Editor for processing.


The Natterjack

  • Editor: Mrs Susanne Simpson

    The newsletter editor is responsible for the content and production of the Society's periodic publication, the NatterJack.



  • Ordinary Member: Mr Steven Allain
  • Ordinary Member: Mr Jim Labisko
  • Ordinary Member: Mr. Stephen Copley


  • Ordinary Member: Vacant


  • Ordinary Member: Ms Helena Turner


  • Librarian: Mr. Dave Bird

    The Librarian maintains the extensive BHS library of books and periodicals and is responsible for responding to member's requests for information, specific  article copies or guidance.