Savita Custead

Savita Custead, Chief Executive, Bristol Natural History Consortium, United Kingdom

Savita Custead is the chief executive for the Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC), which is a collaboration of 14 partners from policy, academia, media and conservation. She managed BNHC's transition to charitable status in 2008, and continues to grow the impact and reach of the projects locally and nationally. The key projects are Festival of Nature (a major public event), Communicate (bringing together environmental communicators), and BioBlitz (citizen science for biological recording). Externally, key programs include co-founding the UK Science Festivals' Network, advising on National Science Foundation grants in the US, and chairing Defra's People Engagement Group to advise the government in England on implementing Biodiversity 2020. Ms. Custead traveled to Brussels to take part in Bristol's presentation to win European Green Capital in 2013, and in 2014 and 2015 was seconded part time as the director of education and engagement for Bristol 2015.