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SOC Staff

A small team of paid staff, aided by a group of dedicated volunteers, facilitate the day-to-day running of Club business, from supporting the network of local branches around the country and administering funding applications, to coordinating special birdwatching events, like the SOC Annual Conference, and the quarterly mailing to members. 

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Wendy Hicks

Wendy Hicks
Club Administrator
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Mairead Lyons

Mairead Lyons
Finance Officer
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Kathryn Cox

Kathryn Cox
Membership Officer
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Susan Horne

Susan Horne
Librarian
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Jane Cleaver

Jane Cleaver
Development Officer
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Stuart L Rivers

Stuart L Rivers
Birding Officer
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Laura Gressani

Laura Gressani
Art Exhibitions Coordinator
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Scott Paterson

Scott Paterson
Guided Walks Organiser
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SOC Council

Council manages the general affairs of the SOC, and appoints and entrusts committees to deal with the different aspects of the Club’s activities. Council consists of the Office Bearers, Honorary Presidents, a representative from each of the branches, and up to three elected individuals. Click here to view Council meeting minutes. 

Current Council members:

  • James Main (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Jeremy Wilson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • David Heeley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Andrew Thorpe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Will Cresswell (Elected member)
  • Bob McGowan (Elected member)
  • Chris Wernham (Elected member)
  • Helen Aiton, Zul Bhatia, Jeremy Brock, John Campbell, Lesley Creamer, Roger Gooch, Pete Gordon, Alan Knox, Richard Leslie, Angus McBay, Melvin Morrison, David Rackham, Geoffrey Sheppard, Neil Stratton, Paul Taylor (Branch representatives)
  • Honorary Presidents: Roy Dennis, Frank Hamilton
  • Honorary Members: Dougal Andrew, Ian Andrews, Iain Gibson, Mike Harris, Angus Hogg, Andrew Macmillan, Daphne Peirse-Duncombe, Stanley da Prato, Ron Summers, Adam Watson

Management Committee

This committee deals with day-to-day issues relating to the Club, and acts as a forum for the discussion of matters, with a view to formulating proposals for discussion at Council. Management committee posts are normally for a period of five years.

Current Management Committee members:

  • James Main (President)
  • Jeremy Wilson (Vice President)
  • Mike Martin
  • David Heeley (Honorary Secretary)
  • Andrew Thorpe (Honorary Treasurer)
  • Doreen Main
  • Paul Taylor

Library Committee

The Library Committee is responsible for the management and operation of the George Waterston Library, including the Archive within the Library.

Current Library Committee members:

Alan Knox (Chairman), David Clugston, Lesley Creamer, John Davies, Ian Elfick, Norman Elkins, John Law, Bob McGowan, John Savory. The Librarian also attends Committee meetings.

Publications Committee

This committee manages the Club’s principal publications.

Current committee members:

  • Ian Andrews (Acting Chair & Co-ordinating Editor, Scottish Birds)
  • Stan da Prato, Jimmy Maxwell, Harry Scott & Stuart Rivers (Editors, Scottish Birds)
  • Stephen Hunter, Jane Cleaver (SOC website managers)

Scottish Birds editorial Committee (part of the Publications Committee)

This team puts together the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds

Current committee members:

  • Co-ordinating editor: Ian Andrews
  • Peer-reviewed papers: Dr Stan da Prato
  • Assisted by: Dr I. Bainbridge, Dr M. Marquiss, Dr C.R. McKay, Dr W.T.S. Miles & R. Swann
  • Articles, news and views: Jimmy Maxwell, Dr Stuart L. Rivers & Harry Scott

Research and Surveys Committee

The Research and Surveys committee considers research projects for the Club. It also allocates annual Research grants from the SOC Endowment Fund.

Current committee members:

  • Tom Dougall (Chair)
  • Mike Bell
  • Colin Corse
  • Raymond Duncan
  • Les Hatton

The Birds of Scotland Fund Committee

This committee receives and assesses applications for funding ornithological publications and special projects in Scotland. It allocates funding from The Birds of Scotland Fund.

Current committee members:

  • David Jardine (Chair)
  • Mike Martin
  • Bob McGowan
  • Chris McInerny
  • Paul Taylor

Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC)

The rarest species of birds in Scotland are validated by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC), while lesser rarities are delegated to the Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC), comprising seven experts drawn from different Scottish regions. This committee also manages the Scottish List for the SOC. One member of the committee retires by rotation each year; the year of retiral is denoted in brackets below.

Current committee members:

  • •    Mark Wilkinson (Lothian) (Chair) (2021)
    •    Chris McInerny (Secretary)
    •    John Nadin (Fife) (2018)
    •    Martin Scott (Western Isles) (2019)
    •    David Parnaby (Shetland) (2020)
    •    David Pullan (Moray & Nairn) (2022)
    •    Mark Warren (Highland) (2023)
    •    Jim Dickson (Argyll 2024)
    •    Bob McGowan (Museum Consultant)
     

     

    SBRC Scottish List Subcommittee

    Current subcommittee members:

    • Dave Clugston
    • Ron Forrester
    • Angus Hogg
    • Bob McGowan
    • Chris McInerny
    • Roger Riddington

    Branch Committees

    Visit the local branch pages for branch committee details, including current branch secretaries.

BECOME A MEMBER

SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.