Founding (1993) chair and co-chair (since August 2005) of the Pheasant Specialist Group, under the auspices of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Species Survival Commission, BirdLife International (the IUCN Red List authority for all birds), and the World Pheasant Association (a UK based international conservation charity). The Pheasant SG is an expert international network of field biologists, zoo biologists, NGO staff, government officers active in work concerned with the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s 50pheasant species in their native ranges.
Co-compiler/editor of two Action Plans (1995, 2000) for pheasant conservation world wide, published by IUCN in an official series and used as an international prospectus of research priorities. Currently working on a third, likely to be the first 3rd edition produced by any Specialist Group.
At the last IUCN World Conservation Congress (November 2004) I was awarded a ‘Citation of Excellence’, being one of only five people to receive this accolade from a membership of 7,200 active conservationists in the IUCN Species Survival Commission.
Co-organiser, International Symposia on Galliformes in China (1989), Pakistan (1992), Malaysia (1997), Nepal (2000) and India (2004), each one of which produced a proceedings.
Visiting Professor, Hainan Normal University (February 2005) in recognition of technical assistance to field ornithology projects in China since 1989.
Chair (since 1993), Newcastle University Expeditions Committee (formerly Exploration Council), which oversees, endorses and part-funds student research expeditions on an annual basis. The results are featured in an annual Public Lecture in the university series (Insights).
Member, Royal Geographical Society expeditions grant screening panels (2003-05).