The current BTS Committee is made up of the following people
Chairman: Peter Kirk
Peter is the longest serving committee member of the BTS, and also the longest standing BTS member on the committee. He specialises in the genus Poecilotheria and the author of several papers. His role is to steer the BTS and to ensure it remains at the forefront of the hobby.
Vice -Chairman: Ray Hale
Ray has served the BTS for over twenty years and during that time has organised the highly successfull BTS Exhibition with wife Angela. Until recently they have administrated the BTS membership and remain committed to the hobby and the society. His passion for the Asian tarantulas of the genus Haplopelma and Selenocosmia has led himself and Angela to travel to South East Asia many times.
Secretary: Angela Hale
Angela has held the postion of BTS Secretary for many years and continues to promote the society at events throughout the country. She is known as “Tarangela” by her colleagues and specialises in the South American species of tarantula. She has been keeping and breeding tarantulas for over thirty years.
Treasurer: Stuart Longhorn
Stuart is a biologist with a PhD in genetics. He carries the role of treasurer and it his job to ensure that the BTS administrates its funds accordingly. He is currently Honorary Research Associate at Oxford Museum of Natural History and began keeping tarantulas in about 1993.
BTS IT Dept and Lectures: Mark Pennell
Mark has been with the BTS for many years and runs the BTS Website. He was instrumental in making the BTS the first tarantula society in the world to have its own web presence. He continues to strive to keep the BTS at the forefront of the web. Mark has lead many expeditions to Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah.
Lectures Organiser: Kim Pennell
Although Kim admits that she doesnt really like tarantulas she organises the sucessful BTS Lectures that are held in Bristol each year. The lectures are an opportunity to listen to and meet some of the worlds leading arachnologists.
Public Relations: Martin Nicholas
TV’s Martin Nicholas as he is known to the BTS has the unenviable role of PR. He is often contacted by the media when a potential tarantula story breaks.
Despite keeping tarantulas for over ten years and being BTS members for most of that time. Lee and Shelley are the mechanise coordinators. They bring with them a wealth of fresh ideas. Lee has been an integral part of the BTS Exhibition for a very long time and will be no stranger to many members.
European Coordinator: Eddy Hijmensen
As European coordinator Eddy visits many trade fairs and promotes the BTS. With many European members Eddy’s role is vital in maintaining contact with our European counterparts
Journal Editor & North American Coordinator: Michael Jacobi
Michael is the current editor of the prestigious BTS Journal, Michael also represents the BTS in the United States and liaise closely with The American Tarantula Society to ensure that the BTS maintains a presence in the USA.