Nigel Farthing (Chairman)
Nigel is a solicitor and partner at Birketts. He specialises in property law and has a particular interest in countryside issues including rights of way and public access to land. He is currently a trustee of two charitable trusts and a former non-executive director of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust. He was a trustee at Suffolk Wildlife Trust for six years before standing down in 2012. He has a lifelong interest in natural history and conservation and has for many years been a member of Suffolk Naturalists Society, Suffolk Ornithologists Group and the RSPB.
James Alexander (Treasurer)
James is an experienced entrepreneur and business advisor. He was a co-founder of Zopa, Europe’s largest P2P lender, and former Strategy Director at Egg. Currently James is a Director of FutureAgenda.org and an advisor to a number of innovative finance payers. He advises a number of social ventures and charities including the RSPB and Suffolk Wildlife Trust and is Chair of Gen Community Ventures. James has also worked as a growth strategy consultant where his clients have included Tesco, Eurostar, Save the Children, The Guardian, M&S and Just Giving. James holds an MBA from INSEAD AND was part of a 3-person team who re-discovered three species of bird formerly considered to be extinct.
David Alborough (Honorary Secretary)
David is Group Property Services Manager for Essex & Suffolk Water and a land agent by profession. For over 20 years he has managed the company’s 26,000 acre estate in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Northumberland which includes farms, woodland, Special Protection Areas, Special Areas of Conservation, SSSIs and operational land. His experience supports the Trust with strategic property matters as well as planning and business management.
John is a Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent and manages the Thornham Estate near Eye. He has a mixed farm at Flowton which is managed to help wildlife. He was Chairman of Suffolk Wildlife Trust for a short period prior to taking the role of Head of Agricultural Policy for the Wildlife Trusts, a post he held for fifteen years. He was Chairman of Suffolk Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and has just retired after 6 years as Chairman of Tastes of Anglia, the local food group. His passion is landscape which for him needs to be vibrant, diverse and full of wildlife.
Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in management, business development and marketing. While on the board of a marketing agency she took a sabbatical to take a Masters in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King’s College, London. Following this she headed up the Women’s Environmental Network and has served as trustee for several organisations including The Environment Council, CPRE (London) and the East of England Apples & Orchards Project.
Brought up in Suffolk, Rachel spent some years as a governor of her local village primary school. She is currently an elected councillor for Mid Suffolk District Council and in this role she is Deputy Chair of the national Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board for the Local Government Association.
Pip has a Master’s degree in environmental law from the University of London and previously had a career as an environmental and legal consultant working on the environmental assessment of projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and integrated pollution control for major industrial companies. She has lived in rural Suffolk for most of her life and is passionate about wildlife and its conservation. Currently she works as a committed conservation volunteer, complementing her work on environmental policy and law at the RSPB with practical conservation activities in the field for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Plantlife. She has also worked on the production of the European Red List of Vascular Plants 2011 at the IUCN in Cambridge.
Now retired, Peter worked for Suffolk County Council for 30 years in the field of environmental conservation and during that time built up considerable knowledge of the ecology of Suffolk, wildlife conservation priorities and initiatives. He has a strong academic and practical background in wildlife and landscape conservation, and is a passionate defender of the rural character and wildlife of the county. A past vice chairman of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, and former chairman of the Stowmarket group, Peter has also been voluntary warden at Bonny Wood since the Trust acquired it in 1987.
Since graduating from UEA in Environmental Sciences Steff has gained experience leading a range of successful environmental and sustainability initiatives. Her expertise lies in behaviour change, communications and PR, as well as project management, partnership working and local government. She is a committed environmentalist with a professional and personal dedication to protecting the environment, conserving biodiversity and educating and inspiring others.
Philip Newton (Co-opted)
Philip is a director with a large national health and social care organisation and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. His current role includes responsibilities for corporate governance and business intelligence. Following a long career with British Telecom Philip moved into the not for profit sector sixteen years ago. With a lifelong interest in the countryside and wildlife Philip is also a member of the RSPB and the Woodland Trust.
Simon was brought up in Suffolk, backing on to what is now Camps Heath reserve. He worked as Managing Consulting Partner at PwC for 30 years and is now a freelance consultant and farmer with Red Poll cattle, Suffolk sheep and two Large Black pigs at a farm near Blythburgh that he and his wife have been creating /restoring for nearly 30 years. The farm is in HLS and is a haven for wildlife in the Blyth Valley. He is a long time SWT member and keen to contribute to how the Trust can make a positive and sustainable contribution to wildlife and the environment in the whole of Suffolk. Enjoys being Chairman of two charitable Trusts - one giving advice on how technology can help the young disabled, the other provides flats and support for young London (age 17-24 ) homeless to help them find stability and work.
Anna has a Master’s degree in Conservation from University College London, and a research Masters in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology from Montpellier University reflecting her dedication to understanding the natural world and helping to protect wildlife and the natural environments that enable us all to thrive. Anna worked for over ten years at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She managed the Digital Collections Unit leading a programme of work harnessing digital imaging and information technology to transform global access to one of the world’s most outstanding herbarium collections and the information contained within it. Anna has subsequently worked for the Zoological Society of London, supporting conservation projects primarily in the Thames catchment area and adding to previous experience in practical field conservation and ecological research in the UK and further afield.
The Lord Tollemache (Patron)
Honorary Patron of Suffolk Wildlife Trust
President - William Kendall
William Kendall is an environmentalist, entrepreneur and Suffolk organic farmer. He has built up several well-known food & drink brands including The New Covent Garden Soup Company, Green & Black’s and Cawston Press – and been a director of a number of family businesses including Adnams. He has been a trustee of Fauna and Flora International and an advisor to The Cambridge Conservation Initiative and to Client Earth.
The Rt. Hon John Gummer was the longest serving Secretary of State for the Environment during which he introduced payments to farmers for conservation and the UK's first environmental tax - landfill tax. He has been Chairman of the Marine Stewardship Council and Chairman of the International Commission on Sustainable Consumption. Locally he is creating species rich meadows on former arable land at his home near Debenham.
David Barker MBE
Chairman of 'Suffolk Creating the Greenest County' and former Chairman of SWT, Suffolk NFU and Suffolk FWAG. His family farm has won national awards from FWAG and NFU and David was awarded the MBE for services to conservation.
Sir Kenneth Carlisle
A trained barrister Sir Kenneth has had a distinguished twenty year career in Parliament where he was both Under-Secretary of State and a Minister. He has a lifelong love of nature and, as well as being a former Chairman of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, he has been a trustee for the World Land Trust, RSPB and RHS.
His family farm in Suffolk encompasses his conservation principles and the 170 acres of ancient woodland provide firewood coppice to heat the farm’s Leaping Hare restaurant and shop. He is passionate about the need to spread good conservation practice widely in the countryside.
Former chairman of SWT and former trustee of RSNC. Several of the Trust’s most important nature reserves are as a result of Peter’s outstanding generosity.
Dawn has had a long relationship with SWT as a volunteer across all aspects of the Trust’s work from delivering its magazines to being Chairman. She brings her experience as a trustee of local and national charities covering the environment, legal, health, social and arts sectors.
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