Chief Executive Officer


Twitter: @LisaChilton

Role at the NBN

Lisa 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 Lisa

Lisa has worked in biodiversity conservation for more than 20 years, including roles with The Wildlife Trusts and Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). An ecologist by training, she has specialised in marine biodiversity with roles ranging from citizen science, public engagement and communications to statutory advice, policy and legislation.

Lisa has held senior positions in the voluntary, public and academic sectors. She was Head of People & Wildlife at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Head of Offshore Industries Advice at JNCC and is joining us from the University of Aberdeen, where she is Head of Development. For five years she has led a fundraising team at the University that engages philanthropists, charitable trusts and businesses in supporting academic research and educational initiatives. Lisa is also a Senior Associate with Dialogue Matters ‒ an environmental consultancy specialising in stakeholder facilitation and consensus-building ‒ and a Trustee of the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

Originally from Dorset, Lisa lives in Aberdeenshire with her husband Bill, nine-year-old son Sol and two pet Highland cattle.