Our Trustees

Our Trustees bring a wealth of knowledge and wide ranging experience to the Trust. Meet them below...

Members of Trust Council (Nov 2016)

We are currently looking for new Trustees to join our Board, in particular those with a background in health or education. Click here for more information

Chris Davies (President)

Chris was a European MP for the North West from 1999-2014, and a team leader (coordinator) on the European Parliament’s environment committee. During these 15 years he worked primarily on EU wildlife, waste, climate, energy and sustainable fisheries legislation.

Chris was an MEP winner of the Green Ribbon Political Award, and also gained the MEP of the Year award in the environment category.He is also a former member of the House of Commons, and consultant in communications and marketing.

E. E. Jackson, MBE (Vice-President)

Ted Jackson was Chairman of the Trust Council from 1982-2013.

Ted was a former Chief Education Officer with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and prior to his retirement in 1997 was Head of Countryside Services in Liverpool, based at Croxteth Country Park. Ted is also a knowledgeable ornithologist and environmental educationalist. 

Steve Garland (Chair)

Steve is a museums and heritage consultant with interim management experience across a wide range of organisations and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.

An experienced field entomologist and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Steve is currently a member of the HLF NW Committee and has been a LWT Trustee for over twenty years. He chairs the Management Action Group and is a member of Conservation sub-committee. 

Hazel Ryan (Vice Chair)

Hazel is a retired solicitor, who specialised in change management, governance and risk. For 12 years, she was Quality Director and then Risk Director at international law firm, Eversheds LLP, with wide ranging responsibilities covering knowledge management and internal audit, as well as risk, quality and compliance.

Hazel is helping to showcase the trust's activities across Greater Manchester, but her favourite reserve to "get away from it all" is Warton Crag.

Richard Thomas (Vice Chair)

Richard was a Director of Personnel and Logistics in the automotive industry. His interests include fell walking in the Lake District, bird watching and cycling. It is this long-standing interest in outdoor pursuits that has drawn him to our organisation.

His Human Resource background will be helpful in supporting the Trust staff initiatives in personnel development and strategy.

Duncan Craig (Company Secretary)

Duncan is a Professional Engineer and spent 35 years in the Nuclear Industry.

For the Trust he acts as Company Secretary and as a keen scuba diver, also acts as Open Seas Ambassador representing Trustees on the Marine Steering Group.

John Drury (Treasurer)

A Chartered Accountant and science graduate, John brings over 40 years experience to the Trust, mostly at senior management and financial levels in both the private and public sectors.

John is Treasurer and currently chairs the Finance Committee of the Trust. 

Geoff Higginbottom

Geoff Higginbottom, a retired business executive who worked for Philips Electronics, has been a leading member of the Trust’s Croal-Irwell Group for many years.

He has been actively involved in the development of our Summerseat Nature Reserve and works closely with Environmental Groups in Greater Manchester.

Jane Ashley Houldsworth

Jane worked for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust from 2004-2008 as Lancashire Biodiversity Manager. She has since worked at ENWORKS, an environmental business support programme, and is now Head of Operations of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.

Jane has a BSc in Environmental Science, an MSc in Countryside Management and spends much of her spare time outdoors.

Anthony Hatton

Anthony is Director of Strategic Projects at the Peel Group where he is responsible for promoting infrastructure projects, policy and investment. He led the Mersey Tidal Power project and has worked on other renewable and low carbon electricity projects involving hydro, wind, biomass, and Carbon Capture and Storage technologies.

He has a degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Oxford and is always on the lookout for local wildlife experiences on family outings.

Dr Clive Elphick

Dr Elphick is a former Managing Director at United Utilities where he worked for nearly 20 years.

Dr Elphick is currently a Board member of the Environment Agency and a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is also a qualified accountant and has degrees from Cambridge and Birmingham Universities.

His hobbies include fell walking and mountain biking.

Stephen Niven

Stephen is a qualified accountant with extensive management experience in industry and commerce.

Married with two grown up children he has a lifetime’s interest in wildlife, particularly birds and is a Volunteer Guide at our Brockholes Nature Reserve near Preston.

Ron Wade

Ron is a Chartered Director currently working in the financial sector. In a 40 year career he has held a wide range of senior posts in various sectors including Manufacturing, Telecoms and Travel.

His main areas of expertise are Finance and IT and Ron describes his interests as “anything outdoors”.

Julian Jackson

Julian worked as  Managing Director of an electronics company. He has served as a non-executive director of a number of companies and a venture capital fund, while he is currently is chairman for two small companies.

A keen fellwalker, Julian is passionate about protecting and enhancing the environment.

Ross Duggan (His Honour Judge Duggan)

A Circuit Judge, based in Preston where he presides over Family Courts, Judge Duggan was a barrister with Chambers in Liverpool for 26 years before he was appointed in 2006.

His interests include all things relating to the countryside.

John Wells

John is a Registered Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and until his retirement in 2015 he was the UK Environment and Safety Manager for AB InBev, the worlds largest Brewing Company. John is currently the Chair of the Lancashire Environment Forum and the Lancashire Nature Partnership.

As well as his wife, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren John's passion remains as Safety, Health and the Environment.

Andrew Berry

Andrew worked for 35 years in the family business of HJ Berry and Sons Ltd, Britain’s biggest wooden chair making company. He also sat on the steering group of the Lancashire Woodlands Project for many years and for some time in the same role at the Red Rose Forest Trust.

Andrew is a passionate conservationist, vegetarian and supporter of the principle of “Rewilding”.

Professor Philip James

Philip is currently Professor of Ecology in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford. Philip is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.

He is a board member of the Local Nature Partnership for Greater Manchester. Philip contributes to degree programmes in Wildlife and Practical Conservation, Wildlife Documentary Film Production and Urban Ecologies. His main research interest lies in the field of social-ecological systems.

Andrew Royce

Andrew is a commercial solicitor who works both in house and externally for a wide range of clients. He has been a beekeeper for over 25 years and a fisherman for much longer. He now lives with his wife and children in Northern Lancashire, sandwiched between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Our Patrons

Edwin Booth – Patron
Dame Caroline Swift - Patron
Baroness Williams Of Trafford – Honorary Vice President
Jo Dwek – Honorary Vice President