Jo Judge-160x160

Chief Executive Officer

Tel: 07930 198735


Twitter: @jo_judge

Role at the NBN

Jo works to support and grow the National Biodiversity Network as the UK’s largest partnership for nature.  Her role is also to implement the five-year strategy and to achieve the Network’s vision. This involves leading the Trust’s Secretariat team, supporting the Finance Management Committee, and the NBN Board of Trustees.

Core work responsibilities

  • Reports to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
  • Leads the NBN Secretariat team in management of the day-to-day running of the Network.
  • Oversees the Network’s budget, health and safety and the running of the Secretariat office in Nottingham.
  • Liaises and communicates directly with the Board of Trustees and the Finance and Management Committee on behalf of the Secretariat and the Network members.
  • Ensuring efficient and effective implementation of the Network’s five-year strategy.

About Jo

In my early 20s, I traveled extensively and lived aboard for a number of years before deciding that I needed to get a proper education. Once I started studying I couldn’t stop, doing a BSc in Zoology in London, an MRes in Ecology and Environmental Management in York and a PhD in wildlife disease ecology in Edinburgh.

For the past 15 years I have worked within the public sector, conducting research into wildlife disease and how the behaviour of wildlife affects the spread of disease within and between species. I have worked with a variety of wildlife including lagomorphs, mustelids, bats and eagles. I am particularly passionate about the real world application of research and the communication of science to audiences of all backgrounds.

I currently live in the Cotswolds with my husband, two dogs and two parrots (although they came with the husband). We (except the parrots) can often be found out walking and indulging in a spot of wildlife photography and admiring nature in general.


Recent presentations (most recent first)

  • Data Science Festival 2019

  • Keynote address at the launch of the NBN Atlas Scotland