Our trustees bring wide-ranging skills and experience to help steer the direction of the charity and support financial growth.
Mike has been our Chair since July 2016, bringing valuable experience in the areas of marketing strategy and customer service. Mike has enjoyed visiting Westonbirt since his children were young and he is keen to support the charity’s work to secure the ongoing development of the Arboretum.
Sue became a trustee in 2003, but has been volunteering since 1995. She is also joint Vice Chair and supports our grant giving strategy. Sue views the Charity as playing a key role in sustaining the future of the Arboretum.
Gavin worked in PR for 35 years and was Chief Executive of the RSPCA. He is a Town Councillor and chairs a small charity supporting people with physical and psychological needs. He believes the natural world is of great importance and he has extensive charity sector experience.
John has a background working in HR for a number of industries. Taking early retirement, John has become actively involved in the local community and is a Parish Councillor. John became a trustee in 2009 and is keen to contribute to the charity and promote wider public access and preserve the heritage of the Arboretum.
Margaret had a long career serving as a barrister for over 40 years. She has been a Friend since 2001 and has volunteered at the Arboretum since 2004. Margaret became a trustee of the Friends in 2007 and is committed to retaining the best of the Arboretum in a changing environment.
Mike has worked in further education for 33 years, mainly on academic and corporate development and was an HM Inspector for six years. Mike became an Information Volunteer and Volunteer Guide at Westonbirt. He is passionate about the wonderful landscape and is keen for more people to share a deeper appreciation of trees.
Malcolm had a long career in the fields of architecture, construction and surveying. Malcolm became a trustee in 2008 and has given valuable advice and support to the Westonbirt Project and continues to support capital developments through the Progamme Board.
Stephen became a trustee in 1999 and was Chairman from April 2004, stepping down after 12 years, but continuing to support the work of the charity. In 2016 Stephen was awarded an OBE for services to natural heritage and the community.
Andrew is Westonbirt Arboretum's Director, working for the Forestry Commission. This means that Andrew has a particular interest in what projects are fundraised for an how the charity chooses to allocate its funds to support Westonbirt. He is passionate about the conservation of our woods and forests.
Martyn recently joined the Board as our Finance Trustee. With a degree in Natural Sciences, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a career in finance in both the public and private sector, Martyn now runs his own consultancy business. Martyn has several years’ governance experience and brings a strong strategic approach to our financial management. He has enjoyed visiting Westonbirt for over 35 years.
Beth joined the board in 2017. Working in visitor experience at National Trust's Dyrham Park, Beth brings valuable knowledge of working for both a charity and visitor attraction and is looking forward to contributing her skills to help develop the charity's publicity and communications.
Matt recently joined the Board and sits on the Finance & Risk Panel. As a qualified accountant and an early career with Price Waterhouse Public Sector, Matt moved to English Heritage (now Historic England). Matt has now worked with Historic England for some years as a Chartered Accountant and therefore brings valuable, relevant and up to date knowledge and practice to the table.
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