Chris Spray "is the Director of Environmental Science at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) based in Stirling, a member of the Scottish Biodiversity Group, and a trustee of the Freshwater Biological Association and of the National Biodiversity Network.
"He worked for 7 years as a Research Fellow in Zoology at Aberdeen University - including research on both Mute and Whooper Swans. He spent 19 years in various parts of the water industry, starting with Anglian Water Authority and then the National Rivers Authority, and ending as Group Environment Director for Northumbrian Water in Durham.
"A past President of the Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management, he was awarded an MBE in 2000 for services to environmental improvement and conservation in the water industry.
"Chris has been a Director/Trustee of RSPB and of the British Trust for Ornithology. He has also served as chairman of Tweed Forum, Council member of Durham Wildlife Trust; River Restoration Project; Board of North East Sustainable Development Round Table and the Regional Heritage Lottery Board. A past member of the Government's Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment and of the England Biodiversity Group. Chris is still involved in doing research on swans, particularly in relation to interface with agriculture." 
- Council, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
- Trustee, Scottish Wildlife Trust