17th December 2020
This week was the last for Andy Clements as CEO of CCI partner The British Trust for Ornithology. Andy joined BTO in 2007, taking over from Jeremy Greenwood. In that same year, Andy was part of the group which founded CCI. Since then, he’s been a consistent supporter of the organisation, including a recent term as Chair of Council and as a guest lecturer for the MPhil in Conservation Leadership. Meanwhile 2007 was a busy year for BTO; data collection began for Bird Atlas 2007–11, a project which Andy still looks back on as a major achievement. From the incredible volunteer effort, to brilliant leadership by staff, to publishing it in-house: it was a huge project to complete.
As CEO of the BTO, Andy often joined events to engage with members, volunteers, and staff. Working with young people was one of the areas for improvement pointed out in a 2018 BTO Horizons event, and Andy has been supportive of BTO’s work in this arena; from the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder Award to the recent Youth Representatives initiative. He has also been a huge supporter of CCI’s public engagement.