Trustees of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
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. Find out how to become a Trustee.
Barbara Muston, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Barbara was elected Chair in December 2017, having been a trustee since 2012. In a career spent largely in government and the City, Barbara specialised in UK and EU company law and corporate governance, and regulation of takeover bids and financial services, latterly working at the Takeover Panel. In 2015, Barbara was appointed as Honorary Professor at Queen Mary, University of London. Barbara has volunteered for BBOWT for many years as a stock watcher at the Dancersend and Aston Clinton Ragpits reserves and is a keen wildlife gardener, birdwatcher and amateur botanist, especially enjoying encouraging the wild orchids in her garden.
John Pulsinelli, Vice Chair
John 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. He also served 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 sat on the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts’ Resources and Audit Committee.
Tim Lowth, Honorary Treasurer
After gaining a Zoology degree at Bristol, Tim qualified as a chartered accountant. He subsequently worked for Biffa, a major provider of waste management and recycling services, for much of that time as Finance Director. In this capacity he was a board member of Biffaward, a Landfill Communities Fund Scheme administered by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. From 2009 to his retirement in 2017 he was Finance Director of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Tim has been a BBOWT trustee since 2004, is a director of Wildlife Fundraising (Central) Ltd, and Chair of Governors at his local primary school.
Jane Cotton, Honorary Secretary
After a Geography degree at University of Cambridge, Jane joined the civil service as a policy advisor in the Departments of Environment and Transport. Later she became Resources Director of the Charity Commission and then HR Director of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions. Jane moved to Oxfam as HR Director and a Deputy CEO. In 2015 she joined the BBOWT board. She is also currently a trustee of WWF UK and of OneYMCA.
Frances has Master’s degree in microbiology and moved into marketing where she worked in several industries. She was Global Marketing Director at the Financial Times and held senior roles in other organisations most recently as Director of Audiences at the British Library. She recently set up a social enterprise to support environmental research and conservation. Frances is passionate about wildlife conservation and animal welfare, has been a member of BBOWT for more than ten years and joined the board in 2015. She is a keen photographer and enjoys walking in the Chilterns and surrounding countryside.
Chris has been a member of BBOWT for several years and joined the board in 2013. He has a degree in Zoology and then qualified as a chartered accountant, working in practice in the UK and Australia, where he was a member of the Wilderness Society. Chris moved into environmental management consultancy working with Deloitte, before 10 years as Group Sustainability Director with Vodafone Group. Chris currently runs a small consultancy advising clients on sustainable development and as part of this work is the Head of Corporate Responsibility for VEON, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies.
Ian spent 23 years as a policy maker and science adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs including secondment to the European Environment Agency working on the EU global environment satellite monitoring programme. He joined the BBOWT board in 2014, and in 2016 established a consultancy to help get the best earth observation science used in public policy. Ian is a keen amateur botanist and an enthusiastic bird watcher for more than 40 years. Birdwatching has led him to travel across the UK, much of Europe, Australia, USA and Asia.
James became a BBOWT trustee in 2016. He 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, specialising in wildflower meadows and wetlands as well as land management planning, wildlife conservation, purchasing supply and logistics, farm payment, forestry and environmental grant scheme applications. Clients include private landowners and estates as well as work with the Environment Agency, local authorities and conservation organisations.
Sir Paul Hayter
Paul has been a member of BBOWT for four decades, a trustee since 2007 and he takes part in butterfly and botanical surveys on BBOWT reserves. He graduated from Oxford University with a History degree and worked in the House of Lords for 43 years. In 2007 he retired as Clerk of the Parliaments, the Chief Executive of the House of Lords. He participates in surveys for the Flora of Northamptonshire and was chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England for Northamptonshire from 2007-17. He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2007.
Andrew has been a chartered accountant for over 40 years. He worked for KPMG in London and Toronto before setting up practice with his wife to provide audit, accounting and taxation services to corporate and personal clients. Andrew has always considered it important to give back to communities and causes, and enjoys his charitable work. He became a BBOWT trustees in 2014 and is also Governor and Chair of the Finance and Human Resources subcommittee of the Wren Academy, sponsored by the London Diocese and Berkhamsted School. He is Treasurer of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club.
Joanna Simons CBE
Joanna has a background of senior leadership in the public and voluntary sectors having been chief executive of two local authorities and a national charity. She now mixes consultancy in the voluntary sector with her charitable interests. Her interest in wildlife conservation began as a teenage volunteer with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, and in the 1980s she helped to set up the London Wildlife Trust where she was subsequently a council member. Joanna became a BBOWT trustee in 2016 and is also Chair of Experience Oxfordshire and a trustee of Shelter.