Meet the Trustees

Meet the Trustees

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Trustees are directors of the company and trustees of the charity. They hold a legal responsibility for the Trust and determine overall vision, mission and strategy of the organisation.

Tony

Chairman: Tony Richardson

Tony has enjoyed a long association with Gloucestershire, having worked for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge for three decades. He gained experience of nature reserves, species conservation, visitor attractions and project management at Slimbridge, the London Wetland Centre and the National Wetland Centre for Wales. After six years as WWT’s CEO, he joined the RSPB as Director for South West England; a Devon based position he held until retiring in 2015. He has worked closely with private and public sector bodies, including the Environment Agency and Natural England. He served on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s South West Committee and has been a Biffa Award judge for many years.

Mark Soutgate - trustee

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 near Stroud with his wife and two children.

Andrew Bluett

Andrew Bluett

A chartered surveyor by profession, Andrew began his career in the construction industry in Gloucestershire and London, then moved on to manage the licensed retail estates of Whitbread PLC and Enterprise Inns PLC before spending the last 7 years as a self-employed surveyor and consultant, specialising in the licensed retail sector.

He was born in the Forest of Dean and grew up on the banks of the River Severn; the Forest and Severn Vale are very close to his heart, but he knows, understands and has equal affection for the rest of Gloucestershire.

He became interested in wildlife as a very young child, maintained that interest for the whole of his life and has travelled widely in the UK and continental Europe, mainly studying birds but with a solid interest in all other wildlife.

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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.

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Sally Byng

Sally has many years’ experience of collaborating creatively with disabled people to increase access to places, spaces and communities. This continues through her current roles both as a Deputy Lieutenant in the county and as Chief Executive at Barnwood Trust, a long established Gloucestershire disability charity. She is in touch with many places, people and organisations across the county with whom Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust could collaborate and make a difference.

Amy

Amy Coyte

Amy has spent her career in wildlife conservation.  Roles have included Chief Executive of the Bat Conservation Trust, Director of the BBC Wildlife Fund, Director of Communications for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and Chair of Wildlife and Countryside Link.  Amy is currently an Independent member of the Parole Board and a consultant environmental grant assessor. 

Amy’s wildlife expertise lies in enabling people to appreciate, enjoy and value their natural heritage and landscapes.  She lives in Nailsworth and loves exploring Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside and rich natural heritage.

Nicholas Ford

Nicholas Ford

Nicholas has lived in Gloucestershire for over 25 years, where he worked as a Land Agent, first at Berkeley Castle and then as CEO of The Ernest Cook Trust, a land-owning educational charity, where he developed the use of the Trust’s resources for direct educational purposes, taking the curriculum outdoors: such an approach to education is a particular interest of his.

Nicholas has had a lifelong interest in the countryside, its workings and the natural world: he has had considerable involvement in land management involving the protection and enhancement of natural assets; he now works part-time as a consultant in the rural property and charity sectors.

Jane Furze

Jane Furze

Jane worked for Cheltenham based multinational Kraft Foods for over 20 years as a marketing and communications professional. Since leaving Kraft she has worked predominantly in the charity and public sectors, expanding her marketing expertise to include event leadership and fundraising. She has held Director and CEO roles at Cheltenham Festivals, has run RHS Malvern Spring Festival and is currently Director of Public Engagement at The University of Warwick. In her spare time she enjoys walking, gardening and reading.

Anne

Anne Goodenough

Anne is an academic at the University of Gloucestershire, where she teaches and researches all aspects of wildlife ecology and conservation. She is course leader for the MSc Applied Ecology programme and contributes to undergraduate teaching on the Biology, Animal Biology, and Ecology and Environmental Science degrees.

She has written over 50 research papers on topics as diverse as climate change impacts on birds, optimal timing of bat surveys, conservation of dormice, distribution of hedgehogs and camera-based monitoring of trees.

Having lived in Gloucestershire for over 20 years, Anne likes nothing more than exploring its flora and fauna, usually armed with both binoculars and camera.

Martin Horwood - Trustee

Martin Horwood

Martin was MP for Cheltenham from 2005 until 2015, and tried to champion environmental issues including more ambitious climate change targets, the new Local Green Space planning designation and more sustainable flood management and planning. He previously worked in charity fundraising and management as Director of Fundraising at the Alzheimer's Society and as a fundraising manager at Oxfam. He is also a trustee of the Cheltenham Trust which now manages the town's main sporting and cultural assets.

David Jones

David Jones

An engineer by profession, David has held a number of senior positions in the energy sector, both as a strategic and financial investor, most recently at Allianz, leading its renewable energy investment platform. His personal interests include walking, wildlife conservation and small scale farming. Having grown up in Gloucestershire and living in the county most of his life, David is passionate to conserve its wonderful natural heritage.

David Pepper

David Pepper

David retired in 2008 as the Director of GCHQ, where he spent almost all his career. Since then he has had a range of non-executive roles, including two years working with Gloucestershire County Council. His personal interests include walking, music, opera, family history, science (he was once a physicist) and natural history.

David and his wife have lived in Cheltenham since 1972, and they have developed a strong affection for the county and its countryside. They have been members of GWT for some years. David believes he can combine his professional experience and personal interests to help advance GWT's work.

Francis

Francis Rundall

Francis Rundall lives near Chipping Campden and practised as a solicitor in Cheltenham for 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.

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