English Policy Group

Ecologists and policymakers working together to better embed ecological knowledge into the English policymaking process.


About the English Policy Group

The BES English Policy Group (EPG) will be a group at the interface between ecology and environmental policy. The EPG will promote the use of ecological knowledge in policymaking in England and support the involvement of ecologists in all levels of English policymaking.

What will the EPG do?

The EPG will link ecologists and policymakers, and promote policymaking informed by ecological science. As a BES group, the EPG will present the scientific evidence rather than campaigning on particular issues.

Specific EPG activities will be determined once the EPG is formed and following the development of the EPG Vision and Strategy document. They will likely involve the organisation of events and policy training workshops on policy priorities and processes in England, the preparation of briefings about the latest English policy developments and developing responses to particularly important consultations and inquiries.

Once the EPG is established, it will meet online up to four times per year.

Recruitment process

We have now recruited an EPG Chair, an EPG Vice-Chair and three core group members to the EPG.

The EPG Chair is Camilla Morrison-Bell; the EPG Vice-Chair is Dr Thomas Cameron; the core group members are Dr Charlotte Hopkins, Tilak Ginige and Katie Powell.

We will recruit up to seven more EPG members to the group in a second recruitment round in early 2022.

Reasons to get involved with the EPG

Would you like your research to help inform English policymaking? Do you want to increase the impact of your own research, or help others increase theirs? Does your job require access to the latest and most robust ecological knowledge? If so, the EPG may be for you!

Membership types

All roles are unpaid, voluntary positions. If EPG members are required to travel for EPG activities, the BES will reimburse travel expenses.

Roles will be appointed for an initial term of three years. After that, EPG members are welcome to re-apply, if they wish to.

Once the EPG is established, all types of EPG members will be involved in the activities outlined above.

Specific roles are described below.

EPG Chair: The EPG Chair will be a responsive and enthusiastic individual with experience and time to commit to the EPG. The Chair will be critical in the formation of the EPG and its success, through chairing EPG meetings, leading on the development of the EPG Vision and Strategy document, working with BES staff members to agree agendas and voting on EPG matters. The Chair can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Chair must be a BES member.

EPG Vice-Chair: In the instance that the Chair is not available, the Vice-Chair will deputise on a temporary basis to undertake the Chair’s responsibilities (outlined above). The Vice-Chair must be a BES member.

EPG Core Member: Core members will be involved in establishing the EPG, the EPG Vision and Strategy document, the Terms of Reference and putting together the first EPG event. They will also have a key role in designing and carrying out all EPG activities. This will require a higher level of commitment than for ordinary EPG members, because the core members will need to meet more regularly than usual for the first six months (at least) to set up the EPG.

EPG Member: Members will be involved in the activities outlined above, including voting on EPG matters and organising EPG events. EPG members will be chosen for their representativeness of the BES community, experience and knowledge of English policy, ecology and/or the science-policy interface. The selection process will ensure a breadth of skills, expertise and career stages across the EPG, as well as diversity. Please note, recruitment for ‘EPG members’ will take place in a second round of recruitment in early 2022.

Representatives of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply to any of the roles listed above.

Please see the English Policy Group Brief 2021 for additional details. If you need any additional information please email: bethany@britishecologicalsociety.org