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Kate Ives Head of Research

Kate has over seven years’ experience of managing scientific research projects, including four years leading on social science research projects and surveys for BASC. She conducts market intelligence research, provides data (e.g. for infographics) and produces white papers and policy briefings for BASC. Kate has particular interest and expertise in the application of social science principles and research in wildlife and environment management. She holds an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Conservation, during which she worked with BASC’s conservation team to research the benefits of shooting to local biodiversity. While working for BASC she completed a Masters degree in Conservation Biology (by Research), developing a framework for assessing the basis on which management decisions are focused for human-wildlife conflict species. Kate is shoot secretary and photographer for her Dad’s shoot near Macclesfield. She is a keen shooter.

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Amanda Bothwell Research Officer

Amanda is responsible for leading on postal and online surveys, both within the BASC membership and the wider shooting community. She regularly conducts market intelligence research and data analysis. Amanda has particular expertise in producing customised geographical information system (GIS) maps using MapInfo.

Amanda joined BASC in March 2007 after completing HNC and HND courses in Wildlife & Countryside Management. Since joining BASC she has gone onto gain her BSc (Hons) Degree in Wildlife and Countryside Management, during which she researched environmental policy, agencies and legislation, people and skills for countryside management, ecosystems and environment, wildlife and habitats and recreation management. Amanda has extensive experience with practical conservation tasks such as habitat management, tree planting, and species surveying.

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Cathie Simister Research Officer

Cathie originally joined BASC in 1987 working in the Sales Department before changing roles and now works within the Research team. Cathie has sixteen years’ experience of working within a research environment and plays a key role in providing business intelligence to support BASC. The main duties within Cathie’s role are running survey projects, data analysis, report writing, managing scientific and environmental literature searches, controlling our extensive electronic literature library, and producing our monthly Science Matters newsletter. Other duties include GIS mapping of data, and updating the BASC Bites webpage.

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Kiri Thompson Assistant Research Officer

Joining the Reasearch team in April 2017, Kiri’s duties include undertaking research, gathering intelligence and writing reports to inform staff. Kiri also helps to run the BASC Bites webpage and manages the flow of information to colleagues from BASC’s environmental and policy e-alerts system.

Kiri originally joined BASC in October 2014 (after completing a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare) working in both the Membership and Wildfowling Department. She also provided administration support for the Wildlife Habitat Trust (WHT). During her time at BASC she has gained wide range of experience, including producing customised geographical information system (GIS) maps using MapInfo, entering and analysing data and answering membership queries.

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