Staff

Bernard Mercer, Chairman

Bernard founded NHBS in 1985, in the back bedroom of his London flat, producing the first mailorder paper catalogue on an electronic typewriter in the spring of that year. After moving NHBS to Devon in May 1987, Bernard led the business until 2001, when he stepped back from day to day involvement in order to help found New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a London-based charity that provides research-based advice to private donors, charitable trusts and others on how they can direct their giving effectively.

From 2006 to 2007, Bernard researched and authored the first ever report on environment charities, Green Philanthropy: funding charity solutions to environment problems. Bernard is also working on a number of other environment philanthropy projects: he is Chairman of the BBC Wildlife Fund and a senior adviser to the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. In 2008, Bernard will be concentrating on combating deforestation, through Forests Philanthropy Action Network (FPAN), a new funder-led group that he has co-founded with Nick Josefowitz.

Bernard says: `The combination of bookselling and philanthropy looks at first sight to be very strange. But from my point of view, they are connected. Both are rooted in a love of wildlife and a desire to protect the environment. I am proud that NHBS has survived for nearly a quarter of a century and will continue to guide the business as its Chairman.

Anneli Meeder, Senior Manager - Books

Anneli joined NHBS in 2005 as cataloguer, having previously managed small special libraries in Germany and on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She served as Operations Manager for NHBS from 2009 to 2013, and has recently rejoined the company to oversee the move and re-organisation of all the stock to our new premises at the end of 2014. Since May 2015, Anneli has overall responsibility for books, customer services and the accounts department.

Anneli's twin passions are books and travelling.

Dr Steaphan Hazell, Senior Manager - Wildlife Equipment

Before working for NHBS, Steve spent many years studying the evolutionary and thermal ecology of aphids at the University of Reading and the University of Birmingham. After leaving Birmingham to set up home in the South West, Steve retrained working for a time with the RSPB and then on the Sharpham Estate, Totnes.

Steve joined NHBS in 2011 when NHBS acquired Alana Ecology; he now manages the equipment and marketing departments.

John Eskilsson, Senior Manager - IT and Systems

In 2005 John moved from Sweden to the UK. Before joining NHBS in November 2005 John worked as a software developer for Ericsson AB designing software for mobile radio networks.

John has worked as the NHBS lead developer for several years and been driving system improvements since joining NHBS.

He is now heading the IT department and has the overall responsibility for all hardware and software systems at NHBS.

In his spare time John likes to play football, develop his smart home and stay up to date with everything IoT.

Natalie Tegg, Customer Service & Dispatch Manager

Natalie spent many years working as a bookseller, with a passion for Natural History and Childrens' books. She has also spent time volunteering in the UK and abroad for zoos, wildlife parks and conservation organisations. Natalie graduated with a degree in Animal Science (Behaviour and Welfare) in 2013 - which included an Honours project studying African Hunting Dogs in conjunction with ZSL London Zoo - and has been happily ensconced at NHBS since.

Jhal Baker, Purchasing Manager

Jhal has been with NHBS since 1998. He manages our Purchasing Department and is a key point of contact for over 4,000 publishers we work with from around the world. He is also the main point of contact for our Distribution+ service.

Prior to managing the Purchasing Department, Jhal also managed the Customer Service Department and, in his early years at NHBS, worked in the Cataloguing Department.

Dr Leon Vlieger, Catalogue Editor

Leon has been with NHBS since 2011. He studied at Leiden University, the Netherlands, from 1999 to 2004 where he worked in turn on the influence of butterfly wing patterns on lizard predation, the molecular mechanisms of programmed cell death in rice cells, and factors affecting lion distribution, for which he spent six months in Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.

After obtaining his Masters degree he moved to Finland, where he did a PhD at the University of Helsinki. Here he studied the effects of eutrophication on the mating tactics of threespine sticklebacks. For this he spent three summers at Tv�rminne Zoological Station at the southern coast of Finland for fieldwork, and countless hours in the laboratory back in Helsinki determining paternity of offspring. During the last few years he became increasingly interested in the communication of scientific knowledge, and after completing this project in 2010 Leon decided to shift his career and joined NHBS.

In his current position as catalogue editor he keeps abreast of developments in natural history publishing and is constantly on the lookout for new and interesting titles to add to the range at NHBS. He is the key contact point for authors and publishers wishing to have their publications listed on the NHBS website.

Steve Powell, Wildlife Equipment Specialist

Following a brief career in finance Steve returned to university to study for a degree in Integrated Wildlife Conservation at the University of the West of England. Focussing on ecology and animal behaviour, including a dissertation on the effects of UV on the behaviour of purple jewel beetles.

After graduating with a first Steve began work with NHBS as a wildlife equipment specialist in 2014.

As a keen photographer Steve spends most of his weekends exploring his new surroundings on Dartmoor. Away from the world of natural history Steve is a keen tennis player and snowboarder.

Dr Luanne Wilkes, Wildlife Equipment Specialist

Luanne initially studied Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool. During this undergraduate course she spent a year at the Port Erin Marine Laboratory on the Isle of Man conducting research into the impact of predation on the Manx scallop fisheries.

After a year of travelling and time spent working at Leigh Marine Laboratory in New Zealand as a diving specialist, she completed a Masters in Ecology at the University of Wales, Bangor. In the spectacular scenery of North Wales her passion for wildlife and the natural environment were reaffirmed and Snowdonia remains one of her favourite places to walk and visit.

More recently Luanne completed a PhD at the University of Exeter, looking at the potential for environmental enrichment to improve the welfare of fish. It was during this time that she fell in love with Dartmoor where she now lives. She joined NHBS as Wildlife Equipment Specialist in 2012.

Katherine Deane, Marketing

Katherine joined NHBS in 2010 after nearly a decade in bookselling - for the most part spent running various departments in Hatchard's of Piccadilly. Having grown up in Devon, a short dog walk from Dartmoor - where she also used to go horse riding - she is now enjoying having the countryside back on her doorstep (almost), has a pretty good knowledge of the local birdlife, and can boast a smug sighting of a black redstart in a car park five minutes away from NHBS back in 2010.