Ms Sheila Anderson MBE (Chair)
Sheila spent most of her scientific career studying marine mammals, publishing over 40 scientific papers. More recently she was Head of Communications for the Natural Environment Research Council, specialising in communicating science to wide audiences. She retired two years ago, and now has more time to contribute to conservation charities such as ZSL and PTES.
Ms Sylvia Kahn-Freund MA (Cantab)
Sylvia spent most of her legal career in the city specialising in international arbitration and capital markets work. Retiring to look after family, she has also spent a number of years volunteering on local and educational charities and as Chairman of her parish council. She has been a Trustee of PTES since 1981.
Dr Tony Mitchell-Jones
Before retiring in 2011, Tony was the mammals specialist with Natural England and its predecessors for just over 32 years, joining the Nature Conservancy Council shortly before bats and other mammals received full protection. During his time as a specialist he commissioned and managed conservation projects on a wide range of threatened mammals, many in partnership with the Trust, and developed, or contributed to, a range of conservation guidance, such as the Bat Worker’s Manual and the Dormouse Conservation Handbook. He was also the editor-in-chief of the Atlas of European Mammals and contributed to several other mammal guides and handbooks.
Dr Andrew Kitchener
Andrew is the Principal Curator of Vertebrates at the National Museums Scotland. As well as looking after a collection of more than 200,000 specimens, he is involved in much conservation-related research, especially on cats. Over the last 20 years he has been carrying out research on hybridisation between Scottish wildcats and domestic cats, and in recent years has been collaborating widely to encourage the conservation of this critically endangered cat. He has also carried out research on the history and origins of beavers in Scotland, and the effects of captivity on endangered mammals and birds. He is a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and is also currently a member of the Zoos Advisory Committee at the Zoological Society of London.