Meet the team
Editor: Paul McGuinness
As the editor of BBC Wildlife, I’m lucky to spend my days with a talented team of knowledgeable and passionate wildlife fanatics.
This only serves to make me even more keen to seek out wildlife wherever I can. So when I’m not in the office, I can mostly be found out and about somewhere with my son looking to see what creatures and plants we can discover.
Deputy editor: Jo Price (on maternity leave)
I joined BBC Wildlife in June 2012 after completing a Diploma in Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University.
When not in work I enjoy walking my dogs on the Gwent Levels and keeping a look out for wildlife treasures to add to my nature table.
Features editor: Sarah McPherson
I work with Paul and Jo to commission features.
When not in work, or cheering on my sons from the side of a pitch, I enjoy long walks and trips to the coast.
Production editor: Catherine Smalley
I first joined BBC Wildlife in 2018 as a sub editor. I now work with Paul, Sarah and Megan to commission features and sections of the magazine, including Wild News, Tales from the Bush and Wildlife Champion. I also collaborate with picture editor Tom on Photo Story and Behind the Image.
I love meeting and learning from wildlife experts. Away from my desk I enjoy walking in the fields and woodlands of my local Somerset stomping ground and listening to the tawny owls outside my window at night.
Art editor: Richard EcclestonI’m responsible for the look of the magazine. I design the cover and features, commission all photography and art work and oversee the layout of the other editorial pages.
Picture editor: Tom Gilks
I joined BBC Wildlife in November 2015. I have a background in ecology and have worked as photographer in a variety of countries Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. I liaise with photographers, sourcing images for the magazine.
When not in work, I can be found mountain biking (sometimes falling off) or blowing bubbles with my baby daughter at her swimming sessions.
Group digital editor: Carys Matthews
I'm the group digital editor of countryfile.com and discoverwildlife.com and writes regular features for the BBC Countryfile print magazine.
Away from the desk, I enjoy trail running, hiking, outdoor swimming and cycling in the British countryside and beyond.
Editorial and digital co-ordinator: Megan Shersby
After working for various conservation charities, I joined BBC Wildlife in 2016. I manage some sections in the magazine, as well as looking after the the digital side of the magazine with Carys, including the website, e-newsletter and our social media.
Outside of work, I enjoy trying to make my garden more wildlife-friendly, as well as trying to find and identify wildlife on nature reserves.
Editorial consultant: Ben Hoare
After 10 years and 136 issues as BBC Wildlife's features editor, my role has now changed. I am now an editorial consultant.
I'm a well-travelled birder and have finally achieved my ambition to see the world's largest and smallest birds. I wrote and edited natural history books for 12 years before joining BBC Wildlife in 2008. In 2015 I was awarded the British Trust for Ornithology's Dilys Breese Medal.