Our Trustees bring a wealth of knowledge and wide ranging experience to the Trust.
Members of Trust Council
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.
Andrew Royce (Company Secretary)
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.
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.
Julian Jackson (Deputy Treasurer)
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.
Ron Wade (Chair Conservation Committee)
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”.
John Wells (Chair of Safety Health and Environment [SHE] Committee)
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.
Stephen Niven (Chair of Brockholes Enterprises Limited [BELT])
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.
Duncan is a Professional Engineer and spent 35 years in the Nuclear Industry.
As a keen scuba diver, Duncan acts as Open Seas Ambassador representing Trustees on the Marine Steering Group.
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 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.
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.
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 (Co-opted)
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.
Mustafa Desi (Co-opted)
A Senior Data Transmission Design Engineer by profession and former Local Authority Councillor and Executive Member for Public Health & Adult Social Care (2009-18). Currently Honorary Officer of Lancashire Council of Mosques and Founder Governor of Islamiyah Girls High School. Passionate about health, walking and community work, he has a passion for the outdoors, building community relations and influencing positive health outcomes. He also enjoys hiking and photography.
Gemma Grady (Co-opted)
Information coming soon...
Deborah Shackleton (Co-opted)
Deborah works as a part time Trustee and Non-Executive Director for a number of charities and housing organisations including Chair of Grainger Trust in London and Career Connect in Liverpool.
Deborah was previously Chief Executive of The Riverside Housing Group; her services to the housing sector were recognised when she was named a Commander of the British Empire in 2009. Deborah is originally from Yorkshire, a graduate of Oxford University and married with two sons.
Edwin Booth – Patron
Dame Caroline Swift - Patron
Baroness Williams Of Trafford – Honorary Vice President
Dr Jo Dwek CBE – Honorary Vice President
Co Opted Trustees will be put forward for election at the next AGM.
Anne Selby, CEO.
Anne is the CEO of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire Manchester and Merseyside. Her passion is for reconnecting people to nature and her Trust has been at the forefront of this, working on community based, local initiatives that cover health, food, green infrastructure, environmental education and volunteering. Anne admits to being an escaped town planner and has held various government appointments, including, Board Member for the NW Development Agency and Heritage Lottery Fund Regional Committee.
In Greater Manchester, Anne chairs the Natural Capital Group (Local Nature Partnership) which champions environmental matters and reports into the Combined Authority via the Low Carbon Hub. Recent priorities have been the GM Spatial Planning Framework and the designation of the GM Wetland as a Nature Improvement Area.
Greater Manchester was recently selected as the ‘urban pioneer’ for DEFRA’s 25 Year Environment Strategy. Anne and the team at GM have been working with DEFRA staff to define the ‘exam questions’ for the pioneer.