Governance and Accounts

View current and previous annual reports and accounts for BTO, and learn more below about how BTO is governed.


Previous years Annual Report and Accounts

Hard copies of the Annual Report & Accounts are available from Andrew Scott, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU (email: annualreport [at] (subject: Request%20for%20Annual%20Report%20%26%20Accounts) ).

Annual General Meeting

AGM 2020

Notice is hereby given that the 81st Annual General Meeting of the British Trust for Ornithology will be held on Saturday 5 December 2020 at 3pm.

In view of the current and likely future restrictions on social gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting will be in hybrid form, that is by a restricted physical meeting at the Nunnery, shared with Members via videoconferencing. As Members will not be able to attend in person, it will be necessary for them to vote by proxy.

Full details of the arrangements, together with the agenda, meeting papers and proxy voting forms, will be posted here on the BTO web site in due course or may be requested from the Secretary, BTO, the Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU, telephone 01842 750050, email agm [at]

By order of the Board
Andrew Scott
20 August 2020

Articles of Association:


How BTO is governed

The Board

The Board is ultimately responsible for all matters of the BTO. Because the BTO is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, its members are Directors as well as Trustees. It delegates tasks and matters of detail to other committees and to the Senior Leadership Team, leaving it time to deal with primarily strategic matters. The Board meets four times a year, in March, July, September and December.

Meet the board

Regional Network Committee (RNC)

Responsible for planning and supervising a long-term programme of volunteer surveys, ensuring that the concerns of survey workers are addressed in survey planning and evaluation, and monitoring prompt feedback to them. It appoints Regional Representatives and liaises with the Surveys Team in supervising Regional and Country RepresentativesThe Chairman of RNC sits on the Board and is supported on the committee by two members of the Board and six other members. It meets twice a year.

Meet the RNC committee

Ringing Committee (RIN)

Responsible for the ringing operations of the BTO. The Chairman of RIN sits on the Board and is supported by two members of the Board, four members elected by ringers and two other members. It meets twice a year. RIN currently has three sub-committees: Ringing Standards Select Committee, Cannon-netting Technical Panel and the Special Methods Technical Panel.

Meet the RIN committee

The Finance & Risk Committee (F&R)

Responsible for financial controls, plans and reports, and risk management.  The Chairman of F&R sits on the Board and is supported by three Board members, including the Honorary Treasurer. It meets four times a year, normally quarterly. Urgent business may be transacted by email or teleconference.

Meet the F&R committee

The Governance & Nominations Committee (G&N)

Responsible for Board processes more broadly, Board development and succession planning, BTO organisational development, and strategic HR.The Chairman of G&N sits on the Board and is supported by two Board members. It meets annually in spring each year and other business is transacted by email or teleconference.

Meet the G&N committee

The Youth Advisory Panel

The Youth Advisory Panel is responsible for ensuring BTO is working with young people in an inclusive and engaging way. The panel will be working on a Youth Engagement Strategy throughout 2020, helping BTO better meet and support future generations of birdwatchers. The panellists represent a variety of backgrounds, ages, and regions and are supported by BTO staff members.

Meet the youth advisory panel

Leadership Team

Andy Clements
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Scott
Director of Services
Ieuan Evans
Director of Engagement
James Pearce-Higgins
Director, Science
Andy Musgrove
Associate Director Information Systems
Chris Wernham
Associate Director Country Offices
Rob Robinson
Associate Director, Research
Rob Fuller
Honorary Research Fellow
Stephen Baillie
Senior Research Fellow

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