For any queries relating to the work of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability (BESS) programme, please contact Professor Piran White at the University of York, (former Deputy Director of the BESS programme): 



The BESS programme Directorate was based at the University of York and was responsible for overseeing the proper management and coordination of the research and knowledge exchange activities undertaken, to ensure an integrated programme with maximum impact. Its members were:

Prof Dave Raffaelli, Director

Prof Piran White, Deputy Director

Dr Kevin Hicks, Project Manager

Dr Steve Cinderby, Communications & Impact Manager

Dr Zoë Austin, Communications & Impact

Howard Cambridge, Website Manager

Laura Harrison - Knowledge Exchange/Engagement

Annemarieke de Bruin, Project Management & Monitoring

Douglas Wang, PMEC Database Development

Toshiko Smith, PA to Directorate




These pages contain the archive of the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme