Ellen Winter

We are a medium-sized charity working throughout Gloucestershire.

We have a clear vision where each year there is more wildlife, more wild places and more people with a connection to the natural world. It's this vision that defines our strategic plan and the structure of the Trust. 

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust also operates two limited companies: Gloucestershire Wildlife Management Ltd and Gloucestershire Wildlife Enterprises Ltd.

Our President

Our current President is BBC Countryfile's Ellie Harrison (pictured below). Ellie first became our President in December 2014.

We also have two Vice-Presidents, the Earl of Wemyss and March and Alan Willis.

Ellie Harrison Greystones

Ellie Harrison at Greystones

(C) Anne-Marie Randall

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees governs Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. It has overall responsibility for GWT and sets our overall strategic direction.

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team has the day-to-day task of managing the Trust. It is responsible for our leadership and strategy as well as for the delivery of the strategic plan, annual business plan and budget.

Each member of the Senior Management Team is responsible for a different aspect of the operation of the Trust. Each delivers a variety of objectives while working towards the same purpose.

Land Management

The Land Management Team plans and delivers the Trust’s practical conservation work. The team has two primary functions: the Reserves Team manage the Trust’s nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and people, and the Living Landscapes Team work with farmers and landowners to restore, recreate and reconnect wildlife-rich places across Gloucestershire.


Inspiring people about wildlife through innovative programmes, the Community Team aims to enrich wildlife and enable communities to enjoy and take action to protect the wild places on their doorstep.

The Community Team also looks after our many volunteers, work experience placements and interns.


The Evidence Team ensures that our work to conserve and restore Gloucestershire's wildlife and wild places is evidence-led. Our approach uses a combination of ecological monitoring, policy development, scientific research, citizen science and includes the Gloucestershire Centre for Environmental Records. We also work with partners and the planning system to inform nature restoration on land not owned by the Wildlife Trust.

Fundraising & Communications

Working with individuals, businesses, communities, trust and grant bodies, the team raises money to ensure we can deliver our Strategic Plan. It also promotes our work and encourages people to get involved in helping to protect our county's wildlife.

Business & Operations

This team is incorporated into all aspects of the Trust and provides operational support services to both the charity and its trading subsidiaries. It looks after the finances and other operational support functions, staff wellbeing, headquarters and visitor centre management, providing a warm welcome to all our visitors. The team are also responsible for developing income-generating activities which include running events, managing cafés, increasing retail and other commercial opportunities, with the profits helping us to increase our conservation work to benefit wildlife in the county.

All teams at the Trust are ably supported by our brilliant network of volunteers.  Without our volunteers we would only be able to complete a fraction of the work that is currently being undertaken.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering, please follow the link below:

Volunteer with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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