Trustees play a vital role in all aspects of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust's work. They bring their skills and experience to oversee the governance and strategic leadership of the organisation to make sure we stay on track for success. Trustees give their time for free, as do all BBOWT's 1,400 volunteers, who help to look after our nature reserves, survey wildlife and inspire others to take action for local wildlife.
Sir Clive Booth - Chair
Sir Clive Booth has a science degree with first class honours from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in public finance from the University of California, Berkeley where he was a Harkness Fellow. His early career was spent in the civil service, working in the Department of Education and Science, including a spell as Principal Private Secretary to two Secretaries of State. He later held senior positions in Plymouth Polytechnic and HM Inspectorate of Schools. He was appointed Director of Oxford Polytechnic in 1986 and served as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University from 1992 to 1997. He was knighted in 2003 for services to higher education. Until the end of 2010 he was chair of the Big Lottery Fund and oversaw the distribution of £4.2 billion of lottery money to good causes, including wildlife and the environment, over six years.
His past appointments also include chairing the Teacher Training Agency, the Nurses Pay Review Body and Centrex, the national police training body. He was deputy chair of the South East England Development Agency between 2000 and 2006. Between 1997 and 2005 he was chairman of a small private education information company owned by a group of major media companies. In a consultancy role, he has been a senior education adviser to the World Bank, the British Council, the Home Office and the National Offender Management Service.
He is currently a trustee of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, an editorial board member of the Oxford Review of Education and an active member of the Association of Charitable Foundations and Oxford Civic Society. An Oxford resident, he has been a member of BBOWT/BBONT since coming to Oxford in 1986. His enthusiasm for the natural world was lit by his experience working as a teenager part time on an old fashioned dairy farm in Cheshire. Clive was elected as Chair to the Board of Trustees of BBOWT in 2012.
John Pulsinelli – Vice Chair
After a career spent running high-technology businesses across the world, John now devotes much of his time as an Independent Director, bringing about prosperity and success to a wider range of enterprises. He applies his business skills to a portfolio of interests that include pro bono work in the charity and social enterprise sector.
Recent assignments have included the Board of The Parent Pupil Partnership; a social enterprise dedicated to improving the life chances of marginalised young people and their families. He also serves on the investment committee for The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund; pioneering the financing of social enterprises. The Fund invests in social enterprises that aim to prevent or cure social problems. Additionally, he has served on the board of Digital Healthcare, Cambridge; a small technology company with products that help detect the onset of blindness in people with diabetes.
John originally graduated with a Biology degree from Cardiff University and spent some years as a research scientist before embarking on his commercial career. A keen interest in nature and its conservation is complemented by interests in photography and African travel.
Tim Lowth – Honorary Treasurer
Tim’s love for our natural environment and the wildlife it sustains started early in his life, and in due course lead him to a degree in Zoology. He then trained as a chartered accountant with a major accounting firm. He subsequently worked for Biffa, a provider of waste management and recycling services across the UK, for seventeen years, for much of that time as its Finance Director. In this capacity he was a member of the board, and briefly chairman, of Biffaward, a Landfill Communities Fund Scheme administered by RSWT.
Tim is currently Director of Finance, Planning and Performance for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, one of the UK’s largest charities. He lives in South Oxfordshire, is married, has three grown up daughters, and a pair of Airedale Terriers.
Barbara Muston – Honorary Secretary
Barbara has a Maths and Economics degree from Nottingham and spent her early career in the Civil Service in the Department of Trade and Industry. From there she moved on to a variety of roles in regulation in the City of London. During her career Barbara developed a particular expertise in international, especially EU, aspects of company law, corporate governance, takeover bids and financial services matters. She has broad experience of both negotiation and implementation of EU Directives and latterly she worked at the Takeover Panel, dealing with European and international affairs and the development of rules for the Takeover Code, retiring in 2014. In 2015, Barbara was appointed as Industry Professor of Law at Queen Mary, University of London.
Barbara has also trained as an actor, completing a post-graduate diploma at The Drama Studio London in the mid 1990s; she has appeared in the theatre, in training videos and commercials and has worked as a facilitator in corporate training. In 2009, Barbara completed a Diploma in Wine and is now a judge for the International Wine and Spirit Competition.
Barbara is a long-term member of BBOWT and has been a volunteer for many years at Dancersend and Aston Clinton Ragpits reserves. She is a keen wildlife gardener, birdwatcher and amateur botanist.
Frances has a masters’ degree microbiology but, after a brief spell in research, she moved into marketing where she worked across a range of industries, most recently as Director of Audiences at the British Library. Here she was a member of the executive team with specific responsibility for fundraising, web development, communications and commercial revenue.
Prior to joining the British Library Frances was Global Marketing Director at the Financial Times and has held a variety of senior roles in other organisations. She is currently setting up a social enterprise that will support environmental research and conservation. Frances has been a member of BBOWT for more than ten years and is passionate about wildlife conservation and animal welfare. She is a keen photographer and enjoys walking in the Chilterns and surrounding countryside. Frances is also a trustee of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Chris lives in Caversham, Reading and is married with two sons. He has been a member of BBOWT for several years with the Moor Copse reserve a particular favourite. He has a degree in Zoology from Bristol University and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant, working in practice in the UK and Australia (where he was a member of the Wilderness Society). Chris then made a move into the newly developing area of environmental management consultancy and led the UK consulting team for Deloitte working for clients in the food, pharmaceutical and construction sectors, as well as public sector bodies such as The Environment Agency. He then had a ten year period with Vodaphone Group, including four years as the Group Sustainability Director, building that company's leading approach to sustainable development. Chris currently runs a small consultancy advising clients on sustainable development and as part of this work is currently acting as the Head of Corporate Responsibility for VimpelCom Ltd, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies with operations across Russia, Italy, the Ukraine, the CIS and several Asian and African markets.
After a Geography degree at Cambridge, Jane joined the Departments of Environment and Transport, initially as a policy advisor. She later specialised increasingly in Human Resources. She was Resources Director of the Charity Commission and then HR Director of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions. 15 years ago Jane moved to Oxfam as HR Director and a Deputy CEO. In 2015 she began a volunteering life that included being a Trustee of Canal and River Trust (CRT) and of WWF. She chairs the Fundraising and Remuneration Committees of CRT and is a member of the WWF Audit and Finance Committees.
Ian lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire. He is a policy maker with a strong science background and wide experience in environment, space and science policy development within UK Government, the EU and more widely. He is a senior manager with excellent communication skills and a track record of delivery through creative problem-solving and successful team leadership. Ian has recently returned to Defra after a two-year secondment to the European Environment Agency working on the EU Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative. He joined the UK Civil Service in 1992 after 12 years as a research scientist with the BBSRC. He has led on the development of Defra’s evidence investment strategy, and on the provision of a cross-cutting horizon scanning and analysis function. He has also led on policy for agriculture and the environment, soils policy, environmental technologies, and rural skills and learning.
Ian has a keen interest in natural history, particularly ornithology and botany and has been a lifelong member of RSPB and longstanding member of BBOWT. He also enjoys theatre and music: he is a member of a local arts centre and arts cinema, a member of the Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells. Ian also enjoys travel in the UK and worldwide.
James is an experienced Land Manager and Consultant with direct experience of how land, water, conservation and farming link together.
He is the Director of James Gillies Consultancy Ltd which is a land management company specialising in wildflower meadows and wetlands as well as providing other land management services and weed control through trusted contractors. Clients include private landowners and estates as well as work with the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and conservation organisations with the work encompassing land management planning, wildlife conservation, purchasing supply and logistics, together with farm payment, forestry and environmental grant scheme applications.
Sir Paul Hayter
Paul has been a member of BBOWT for about 35 years and a trustee since 2007. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in history. Professionally he worked in the House of Lords for 43 years and retired as Clerk of the Parliaments, that is Chief Executive of the House of Lords, in 2007. He had experience of running a complex organisation of nearly 500 staff and knows about the political system of Westminster and Whitehall and how central Government works.
He has been a volunteer for BBOWT for several years, undertaking butterfly surveys in North Oxfordshire and botanical surveys of BBOWT reserves more widely. He participates in surveys for the Flora of Northamptonshire and is also chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for Northamptonshire. He is a parish church Treasurer and sings with the Oxford Bach Choir. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2007.
Andrew lives in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. He has been a Chartered Accountant for over 40 years. He worked for KPMG in London and Toronto before setting up practice with his wife, Linda, to provide audit, accounting and taxation services to corporate and personal clients. Andrew also acts as part-time Finance Director for Bradshaw Taylor Limited, wholesalers and retailers of outdoor clothing and related equipment.
Previously Andrew was Trustee and then Chairman of Fremantle Trust, a care organisation with homes for older people, adults with learning difficulties and people recovering from mental health problems. He was also Trustee and Chair of the Finance and General Purpose subcommittee of Berkhamsted School for 14 years.
Andrew is currently Governor and Chair of the Finance and Human Resources subcommittee of the Wren Academy, formed some six years ago and sponsored by the London Diocese and Berkhamsted School. He is also Treasurer of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club.
Andrew enjoys bird watching, holidays, food and wine, classical music and reading and has some cabinet making skills. He also enjoys hill walking and has completed most but not all of the Munros and Wainwrights. He and Linda have two children and one grandchild. Andrew has always considered it important to give back to communities and causes and he has enjoyed the charitable work that he has been able to fulfil.
After completing an ecology PhD, Mike spent over a decade in academic and applied research and teaching at Imperial College, the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, and Oxford University (where he was a research fellow and also a lecturer at Pembroke College). He then ran a nature conservation charity, Siren, for a couple of years, before joining the private sector, where he worked for over a decade in senior roles, initially in responsible business at Timbmet Group, a global timber trader, and then as managing director for start-up tropical forest restoration and conservation businesses in Ghana and Malaysia. Mike returned to the charity sector in 2013, joining the leadership team of Global Canopy Programme, a forest conservation think tank. He is now building a non-profit initiative to restore and sustainably protect nature at landscape scales.
Mike’s interest in nature and in entomology in particular, was kindled early, during frequent childhood ‘expeditions’ through the sub-tropical forests of Hong Kong. He has, over more than 20 years as a BBOWT member, made frequent ‘expeditions’ with his family to BBOWT reserves.
Joanna Simons CBE
Joanna is an experienced chief executive and non-executive director with a longstanding interest in wildlife conservation. She is a Trustee of Shelter and a member of their Audit & Finance Committee. She was Chair of Governors and Pro Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University from 2008 to 2012 and was Chief Executive of Oxfordshire County Council for ten years from 2005, having previously been Chief Executive of the London Borough of Sutton. She was awarded the CBE for services to Local Government in 2011.
Her interest in wildlife conservation dates back to teenage years when volunteering led to involvement in the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. In the 1980s she was part of a small group responsible for setting up the London Wildlife Trust going on to be a Council member of the LWT for a number of years.