Who we are
Badger Trust exists to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts, and their habitats. We are the leading voice for badgers in England and Wales, with a network of around 50 local voluntary badger groups, and supported by thousands of supporters and followers. We started as The National Federation of Badger Groups, which was formed in January 1986 and later evolved into Badger Trust in 2005. Despite significant progress made to legal protection for this iconic species, badgers across the UK are under threat more than ever before. 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Protection of Badgers Act (1992) and our #PBA30 campaign calls for tougher sentencing for those who commit crimes against badgers. You can take action now to help speak up for badgers.
Badger Trust provides expert advice on all badger issues and works closely with the government, police, and other conservation organisations. We use all lawful means to campaign for the improved protection of badgers and are a member of Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW), Wildlife and Countryside Link and are represented on the UK Badger Persecution Priority Delivery Group of the National Wildlife Crime Unit.
The biggest threats to modern badgers are road traffic accidents, government sanctioned culling, wildlife crimes, developments, and habitat loss. At Badger Trust we provide outreach and education opportunities to schools, training to police forces and local groups, government outreach, support to local groups, press coverage on local and national levels, and drive national level campaigns to educate the public on issues affecting badgers and their habitats.
Our mission is to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts and their habitats.
Our vision is a world where badgers are respected as part of our rich wildlife heritage, safe from persecution
Badger Trust is a small charity that is 100% funded by voluntary donations from local badger groups, supporters, and members of the public. We can't do any of our work without financial and campaign support from people like you. Getting involved with your local group and signing up for a monthly donation plan with the Badger Trust are two of the best ways you can help preserve this wonderful species for generations to come.
Find out all the great ways you can support Badger Trust by visiting our Get Involved page.
The Badger Trust Trustees
As a registered charity Badger Trust is governed according to charity law by a Board of Trustees. The trustees are also directors of Badger Trust according to company law.
All trustees are volunteers who give freely of their time and have no beneficial interest in the charity.
Trustees are responsible for setting Badger Trust’s strategic policies and objectives and for ensuring they are fulfilled.
Trustees are also responsible for keeping proper financial records. This enables them to ensure that financial statements comply with the Companies Act 2006. They safeguard the assets of the charity and take all reasonable steps to ensure the prevention and detection of fraud. They ensure that the charity is complying with all relevant laws and regulations.
To ensure trustees are sufficiently skilled to carry out its responsibilities, Badger Trust conducts a skills analysis of existing trustees before new ones are appointed. New trustees receive a full induction into Badger Trust’s work when they join, and continue to receive regular updates. Trustees receive any training deemed necessary to fully carry out their responsibilities.
Jo Bates-Keegan, Chair
Board member since 2016 and Chair since 2018
Jo Bates-Keegan was born in Lancashire and despite a foray into the South West, has never settled outside her home county. She has a BSc in Environmental Geography and Biology from the University of Hull and an MSc in Ecology and Management of the Natural Environment from the University of Bristol. She became an ecological consultant in 2007 and joined her local badger group (Lancashire) at around the same time. Little did she know the obsession that would create and she eventually found herself in the position of Chair, which she held until 2016.
As an ecological consultant she has worked on both small and large projects, supporting and carrying out survey or mitigation works and also managing all types of projects and holding numerous protected species mitigation licenses, both for a company and since becoming freelance (having had more children).
As Chair of the local group she discovered charity governance, strategy and planning, social media marketing and fundraising, how to make grant applications, PR and liaison (and also built the current website). Throughout that time and to the present date she has worked directly with badgers, both professionally and as a volunteer, carrying out rescue and release, surveys, licensing and mitigation and licensed, voluntary sett protection work.
She also works alongside her husband in a software business and for a local authority outdoor education centre.
Jo joined the Badger Trust board in 2016 and became Chair in 2018.
She wants to see a stronger, more sustainable Badger Trust and to strengthen and enhance the Trust’s relationship with its member groups.
Jo is a member of Lancashire Badger Group.
What I’ve gained from being a trustee
“I enjoy stretching myself and using skills that I wouldn't ordinarily get the opportunity to use. Sometimes it is challenging, but it's always interesting and there's always something to learn. I hope that I am making a difference, that's what I aim for.“
Board member since 2021
Luke Douglas is a naturalist born on the Norfolk Broads. He has always had a keen interest in wildlife, but it was not until 2010 when he moved to Henley-on-Thames that he discovered his passion for badgers and would spend many hours watching them in the local area. After moving back to Norfolk he co-founded the Norfolk Badger Trust as there was no local group to support the Norfolk badger population at the time. The group, established in 2015, works alongside local members of the public to educate, advise and protect badgers. Luke is currently chair of NBT and believes that now more than ever, badger groups across the UK and Badger Trust need to work together to tackle the cull, persecution, and misinformation that badgers in the UK face.
Outside of his day job and his work for Norfolk Badger Trust, Luke keeps himself busy rescuing and supporting other forms of wildlife around his home in the Waveney Valley. When free time allows, he enjoys setting up camera traps to capture images of the species that live around him and takes great inspiration from the late Exmoor naturalist Johnny Kingdom and the wildlife artist/ filmmaker Robert E Fuller. Luke is really excited to bring his perspective and experience to Badger Trust as a Trustee.
Luke is a member of Norfolk Badger Trust.
Board member since 2021
Peter Jackson was born in Derbyshire and now lives in Staffordshire but has moved around a bit in between. He gained a degree from University of Central Lancashire in Combined Sciences and a Masters from University of Loughborough in IT. He has worked in UK engineering companies largely in data driven environments and most recently as a Manager of a Data Centre, from which he took early retirement.
He has always been interested in animals and their welfare for as long as he can remember and has been involved with the RSPCA for many years serving as Treasurer, Chair and Regional Representative for various branches and has currently taken on the role of Treasurer for his local Branch in Burton on Trent. So when the opportunity arose to get involved with Badger Trust he couldn’t resist putting himself forward to help one of Britain’s loveliest mammals.
Peter is a member of Staffordshire Badger Conservation Group.
Board member since 2021
Rosie has recently retired after a career in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Her time in the public sector ended at the beginning of 2020 when she retired from her role managing strategy for the Care Quality Commission, including regulation of the adult care sector.
Before that she had worked for District Audit, the Audit Commission as Head of Policy, Natural England and Defra, where as Policy Principal, Rosie led NE's work on the Climate Change Act and as Head of Function led a number of different areas of NE's responsibilities including, in her last posting, its approach to innovation and income. Seconded into Defra, Rosie successfully led new work resolving disputes between national infrastructure developers and regulators.
Having spent her early years in Chennai in southern India, Rosie has lived the rest of her life in the West Midlands, though her working life has mostly been in central London (she still likes trains!). Rosie now lives with her husband, Andrew, in a remote corner of the Shropshire Hills. As well as joining Badger Trust, she is the vice-chair for the Middle Marches Community Land Trust, a new organisation promoting rewilding and low intensity land management on the Welsh/English border. Once Covid restrictions allow, she hopes to do hands-on work caring for animals in a voluntary capacity. Her passion for animals informs her thinking on many issues and underpins her charity work.
Badger Trust Board – Trustee Elections 2022
The following people are standing for election to the Badger Trust Board in the annual round of recruitment, and all are recommended by the Board to the Group membership for election. Full member groups of Badger Trust have an allocated vote at the AGM on voting matters. This information is also shared with Associate Groups for information purposes.
Trustees retiring by rotation (a third of the board must retire each year) and restanding:
Board member since 2018. Restanding for election.
Nicola Sainsbury comes originally from Devizes in Wiltshire and now lives in Epsom in Surrey. She studied modern languages at university and worked in higher education for 25 years, covering a wide range of roles in the areas of postgraduate student administration, quality assurance, governance and research policy, primarily at King’s College London. This included the co-ordination of the university’s submissions for research funding in 2008 and 2014, and roles in research integrity and ethics.
Nicola took a career break in 2018 in order to spend more time volunteering for wildlife and nature charities. She is now working part time back in the higher education sector, including as Project Officer for the UK Research Integrity Office. When not working or on Badger Trust matters, Nicola can usually be found looking for butterflies or helping at her local wildlife rescue centre in Leatherhead.
On the board Nicola has been involved in areas such as governance, HR and procedural development, and in matters relating to wildlife rehabilitation. She has been a committed trustee for four years during a period of significant change, and is restanding for election to progress that to completion.
Board member since 2021. Restanding for election.
Eleanor has worked in the charity sector for over a decade, primarily as a campaigner and latterly in communications and membership. As a campaigner she has worked on a variety of causes, from disability rights, to international development, to access to – and protection of – Britain’s countryside. Eleanor is a passionate advocate of campaigning organisations as important agents of change in our community, and especially in helping to give voice to marginalised groups.
Originally from Kent, Eleanor now lives in Gloucestershire where she enjoys living close to nature. Eleanor has a real love for nature and wildlife, and a particular fondness for badgers – even despite their regular raids on her sweetcorn crops. It is this fondness that has brought Eleanor to Badger Trust, where she hopes her background in campaigning can be put to good use in this time of crisis for Britain’s badger population.
Eleanor recently moved to be Director of Engagement at Friends of the Earth, and prior to that was Head of Membership and Marketing at the BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) where she worked with veterinary professionals to further animal welfare by promoting excellence in small animal medicine and care.
Eleanor is a member of Gloucestershire Badger Group.
New proposed Trustees:
Emilia grew up in Surrey and now lives in London. After studying for a degree in Politics and International relations, she pursued a career in retail, where she still works. Emilia currently works for a high street department store which is employee-owned. Her role includes managing a team and working across the organisation to deliver the best proposition to the customers, ensuring this is done profitably and with the business ethos at heart.
Emilia loves to travel and is always on the look out for nature and wildlife while on holiday which has taken her exploring for wild otters, beavers, whales, dassies and, of course, badgers. She has long had a love for wildlife and badgers, and says that since the pandemic her joy at being out in nature and relishing that which exists on her doorstep has only increased. She has been looking for a while for a trustee role that she could apply for which resonates with her, and says Badger Trust feels like the perfect fit.
Georgie lives and works in Berkshire and is a chartered accountant with over ten years of experience working with a wide range of clients to provide full outsourcing and financial reporting. She now specialises in small to medium not-for-profits, having accumulated an in-depth knowledge of charities through her work managing independent examinations.
Since the cull first started back in 2013, Georgie knew this was something she was passionate about and has worked with various groups to sett survey and patrol areas of interest. It's clear the issue is not going away any time soon, so when the opportunity arose to apply for a trustee role, she says she jumped at the chance to put her professional knowledge to good use as well as her boots-on-the-ground experience.
When she's not lost in a good spreadsheet or out looking for badgers, you will either find her tending her extensive house plant collection or three-quarters of the way to the front of a punk gig.
Rosie has worked in fundraising for more than ten years, and is currently Head of Development at arts and homelessness charity Streetwise Opera, after spending seven years at London Wildlife Trust in various roles including Head of Fundraising. She has fundraised for a variety of causes including the environment, children and young people, health, arts, homelessness and has also led a £2.9 million capital appeal for a new visitor and learning centre at Camley Street Natural Park nature reserve in central London. She holds a Diploma in Fundraising, sits on the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network Committee and volunteers advising smaller charities on fundraising through the FSI Advice Hub. She believes fundraising can change the world, and is passionate about increasing inclusion in the charity sector and inspiring a community of supporters.
Rosie grew up in Sussex and recently moved back there after a decade away in Canterbury then London. She first fell in love with badgers after a badger-watching trip with Sussex Wildlife Trust, and enjoys watching for badgers in local woodlands. She doesn’t consider herself a conservation or animal welfare expert but learned a great deal during her seven years working with The Wildlife Trusts, and cares about increasing diversity and inclusion in the nature conservation sector, removing barriers and making nature and the countryside truly accessible for everyone.
With a professional background in marketing, communications and fundraising, Sally has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, principally for animal welfare/protection, wildlife conservation and international development organisations (e.g. RSPB, Celia Hammond Animal Trust, Shark Alliance). Her experience has included both paid and unpaid (voluntary) work, the latter including as a Trustee for Botswana-based MAWS (Maun Animal Welfare Society) and the UK’s League Against Cruel Sports. Sally has also spent over 13 years as a fosterer for the Fox Project charity, ‘hands on’ wildlife work that she particularly loves. And which perfectly complements her rural home life, which she shares with rescue dogs, cats, goats, chickens and bees (natural bee-keeping), as well as her long-suffering husband.
Now mostly (early) retired, Sally hopes to spend more time pursuing her love of writing, while continuing her biggest passion of all: working with and for animals. This work includes advancing animal welfare objectives while aiming to right the many injustices (“legal” and illegal) inflicted by humans upon wildlife. Which naturally includes badgers, another creature that Sally happily shares her home life with, although only as periodic visitors who intermittently grub up the lawn, ransack the chicken feed, and once showed a slightly worrying interest in her beehives. But they mostly just thrill her with their occasional appearance, although they are yet to be immortalised on her wildlife cameras.
For better handling of wildlife crime cases.
Rehabilitation efforts, vaccination programs etc.
Educating our children on badger issues.
Collating data to identify local crime and accident hot spots.
Getting badger issues in the local and national media.
We offer grants to local groups to make a difference at the local level.
Bringing the Badger Trust to local communities and cities.
Funding large scale campaigns on critical issues.
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