Dr Gavin Wilson
Title: Dr Gavin Wilson, Director
Keywords: Wildlife biologist, badgerologist, ex-wannabe guitar hero, mid-paced cyclist, pragmatist.
Abstract: Being a biologist, I have spent much time in the field - specifically, more time working on badger projects than would be considered strictly healthy. I would love to cultivate the image of the semi-feral wildlife biologist, grappling with wild animals at the ‘coal face’. However, I have to grudgingly admit that I am probably better at the ‘people’ side of things, and have consoled myself with the fact that this is nevertheless a useful trait in an organisation: communicating with clients, coordinating staff and suppliers, liaising with stakeholders.
Over the last 20 years I have worked in government science agencies, university departments, and environmental consultancies, including involvement in Biocensus as a non-exec since its beginnings. My PhD at Bristol University involved an assessment of the population status of the badger in Britain, and its trends over time. Until 2018 I worked in the Animal and Plant Health Agency where I managed a team of scientists, vets and field experts delivering projects on a range of human- wildlife conflicts. My research interests during this time focussed on the wildlife component of the bovine tuberculosis issue. I remain interested in research, and teach undergraduate students through my position as an Honorary Research Associate at Exeter University.
Provision of advice based on best evidence, and implementation based on best practice have been common themes throughout my various roles, and Biocensus has these values at its heart. My role at Biocensus allows me to apply my experience of managing people, projects and resources within a lean and agile company, with a team who put ecological science, evidence and client care at the core of their work.