Trustees

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

Please join your local wildlife trust today

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.

Barbara Muston – Chair

Barbara Muston Barbara was elected Chair at the Trustees' board meeting on 6 December 2017.

Barbara is a long-term member of BBOWT and has been a trustee since 2012. Graduating from Nottingham with a degree in Maths and Economics, she spent her early career in the Civil Service in the Department of Trade and Industry, moving on from there to a variety of roles in regulation in the City of London and developing 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 worked at the Takeover Panel. 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 has volunteered for BBOWT for many years as a stock watcher and work party member at the Dancersend and Aston Clinton Ragpits reserves. She is a keen wildlife gardener, birdwatcher and amateur botanist and especially enjoys encouraging the wild orchids in her garden.

John Pulsinelli – Vice Chair

John Pulsinelli – Vice Chair

John has spent a large part of his career leading technology businesses, latterly, devoting much of his time as an independent director across the private, public and third sectors. Assignments have included the board of Digital Healthcare, a technology company with products that help detect and prevent the onset of blindness in people with diabetes, the Parent Pupil Partnership; a social enterprise dedicated to improving the life chances of marginalised young people and their families. More recently he served as a non-executive director on the board of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. He also serves on the investment advisory committee for The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund; pioneering the financing of social enterprises. John has been a member of the BBOWT board since 2008, a Member of the BBOWT Finance and Audit Committee since that time, and as Vice Chair since 2012. John also sits on the RSWT Resources and Audit Committee.

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.

Until his recent retirement, Tim was 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 an Airedale Terrier.

Jane Cotton – Honorary Secretary

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.

Frances Brindle

Frances has a masters’ degree in 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 Burgess

Chris BurgessChris 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.

Ian Davidson

Ian lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire. He spent 25 years as a policy maker and science adviser at Defra including a 2 year secondment to the European Environment Agency working on the EU global environment satellite monitoring programme.

In 2016 Ian established a consultancy business to help get the best science used in public policy. In this role he has worked for UK Space Agency, research councils and Government Departments. Ian is an enthusiastic bird watcher of more than 40 years’ experience and has travelled across the UK, much of Europe as well as Australia, USA and Asia in pursuit of his interest. He is also a keen amateur botanist and has interests in regional food and wine, cinema and theatre, tennis, football and cycling.

James Gillies

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

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 Noel

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.

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.