Finance & Risk Committee (F&R)

The Finance & Risk Committee are 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.

Chair - Jean Spencer

Jean is an executive director of Anglian Water, with a current focus on strategic growth and resilience. Jean has worked for water companies for almost thirty years - the last thirteen as Regulation Director. Jean is a Chartered Accountant by background.

Iain Coucher

Iain is an experienced Chief Executive who has led a number of large organisations involved in the delivery of public services in technology, infrastructure, transport and defence sectors. He is a life-long birder and is passionate about the environment and sustainability. He owns a small, coastal farm in west Scotland that he manages for the benefit of birds and other wildlife. He has been a trustee of a global environmental charity, Earthwatch (Europe) for around six years. He is committed to continual learning and, over the last decade has completed Masters degrees in Environmental Decision Making and in Systems Thinking (with a focus on climate change and ocean acidification). He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University, in 2019.

Ian Packer

Ian is a chartered accountant, company director and keen birder. He has commercial, financial and managerial experience gained from careers in practice and industry across many sectors, including audit, corporate finance, investment banking and manufacturing. A former voluntary finance director of the journal ‘British Birds’ and present BTO Benefactor, Ian has been a BTO member for over forty years. Birds have been a lifelong passion and he enjoys travelling to see birds in new environments.

Dr Debby Reynolds

Debby has a strong record on effective governance to help organisations deliver successfully on their vision and strategy. She has been a member of BTO for 20 years and is an enthusiastic world birder. As Chief Veterinary Officer and DG Animal Health at Defra, Debby was the Government’s media spokesperson on veterinary issues and primary adviser to the Prime Minister on avian influenza, for which she was awarded the CB.

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