Meet the Trustees

President:

Sir Henry Elwes KCVO, LL, JP


Vice-Presidents:

Earl of Wemyss and March

Nigel Smith MBE

Alan Willis 

 

Chairman:

 
Francis Rundall Francis Rundall has lived near Chipping Campden and practised as a solicitor in Cheltenham for the last 30 years. In return for the pleasure he has had in living in and observing the scenery and wildlife of Gloucetershire, he now wants to try to contribute to the conservation work of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
   

Vice Chairman:

 

Mark Southgate

Mark works for the Planning Inspectorate where he has responsibility for the administration of national infrastructure, other major applications and also local plans. He has a lifelong interest in the natural environment and over 20 years experience in non-governmental organisations, local government and central government. He has previously been Head of Planning at both the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Environment Agency. Mark was a member of the Lawton Review of England’s Wildlife Sites and Ecological Networks for the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs lead (2010). He lives in Burleigh, near Minchinhampton, with his wife and two young children.
   

Trustees:

 
Sue Crawford Sue is currently a partner (and head of the tax department) of a boutique media law firm based in Cheltenham and London (Wiggin LLP). Internationally recognised as a leader in corporate tax, Sue advises on all aspects. She has had a lengthy career in the City at large commercial law firms. This has given her considerable experience of the business world. Whilst she specialises in corporate tax, she has a broad understanding of most legal issues which arise in the business world. Sue and her family moved to Gloucestershire in 2005 and live in a renovated farm house in the Painswick valley. Her interests include gardening, exercise and music.

 
Mark Gale  
Tim Guest Tim is Chairman of the UK Real Estate team at UBS Investment Bank. His work entails advising UK property companies on a range of matters including fundraising (in the debt and equity markets), disposals, mergers and acquisitions and strategic advice. Before joining the bank in 1987 he worked as a corporate finance executive at Morgan Grenfell (now part of Deutsche Bank). His enthusiasm for wildlife started at a very early age and he is interested in and reasonably knowledgeable about most forms of wildlife and has a great love for the UK, particularly Gloucestershire, countryside. He lives in Southrop, on the Eastern edge of Gloucestershire, and has a wife, son and daughter.
Anthony Hird Anthony is a retired civil servant, walker and long-time lover of the Gloucestershire countryside. Trustee since 2006, he takes a special interest in people and wildlife.
Andrew Kerr Andrew is working for the European Eel's return to abundance and for it's sustainable use. He is a former Chairman of both Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the South West Wildlife Trust. His background includes soldiering and management consultancy.
Stephen Pritchard Stephen is a research student at the Countryside and Community Research Institute at the University of Gloucestershire; his PhD topic covers the governance of large-scale conservation projects. Stephen returned to his family’s farm outside Bisley in 2006 since when he has been a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Trustee. The farm included a SSSI that is now owned by Butterfly Conservation – since childhood his love for the natural environment has been inspired by this site and he now lives near this reserve. Stephen has over 20 years experience of advising Eastern European Governments on environmental aspects of EU accession and the strategic planning and management of European Funds; living in these diverse countries and working with their conservation organisations spurred Stephen to volunteer with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
Mike Smart Mike has been a birdwatcher since joining Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society in 1952, especially in Tunisia and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Coombe Hill and Ashleworth nature reserves. He worked 25 years for Ramsar Wetland Convention, first Slimbridge, then at IUCN in Switzerland. His heroes are: Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Kafka, Jane Austen.
Cassandra Phillips

Cassandra spent 25 years working for WWF on marine and wetland conservation worldwide. For 10 years she was based at Slimbridge with Sir Peter Scott, working through environmental treaties trying to get whaling under control and ensuring the protection of Antarctica.. She lived in a small village in north Gloucestershire for 23 years, and now lives in Cheltenham but escapes to walk in the countryside as often as possible.

The Hon. Hugh Tollemache

Hugh was brought up to have a great love and respect for the natural world, and an admiration of those who spend their lives restoring and conserving this heritage which is under so many threats. Hugh lives in Stow-on-the-Wold and retired as Chairman of GWT and Trustee of RSWT in 2012 in order to be able devote full time to being High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 2013.

Ian Boyd

 

Ian is a third generation farmer on a Cotswold Hill family farm where the emphasis has changed from managing production to managing habitats for wildlife in a farmed environment. There are now extensive wild-flower meadows that are grazed by an Organic Pedigree herd of Hereford cows and calves which end up as deeply flavoured Pasture-Fed Beef sold from the farm. The arable ground has habitats suitable for bird nesting, summer food (insects) and winter food (seeds) and much more. His real passion is wildlife photography and sharing wildlife experiences with others.

Amy Coyte

 

 
Hazel Millar