BBOWT announces new Chair and Trustees

BBOWT announces new Chair and Trustees

The Trust is delighted to announce its new Chair and two new Trustees.

George Levvy, who will now lead the Board of Trustees, is an experienced trustee who was previously Chief Executive of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and is currently Chair of Rewilding Britain.

The other two newcomers are Miles Evans – who has led Thames Water's communications and stakeholder engagement for the past six years – and Andrew Bennellick, the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Head of Land and Nature Policy.

All three took up post at BBOWT’s AGM on Saturday. Their appointments come at a key time for the trust as it launches its new Strategic Plan for 2021-26, called Wilder.

Estelle Bailey, Chief Executive of BBOWT, said:

"As a Trust, we are delighted to welcome all three of our new Trustees. I know from experience that every single member of staff at BBOWT works hard to protect nature across our three counties and our Trustees play a pivotal role in making sure we stay on track to achieve our vision of more nature everywhere.  Each of our new Trustees brings a wealth of experience from different sectors.”

George Levvy

BBOWT's new Chair as of 2021, George Levvy

BBOWT's new Chair as of 2021, George Levvy

After periods in the public and commercial sectors, the majority of George’s career has been in the voluntary sector.  He was Head of Marketing and Communications at the British Red Cross before ten years as chief executive at the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  For the past fifteen years he has been consulting on leadership, governance and strategy, most of his clients being charities and other civil society organisations.  He has been a trustee of several organisations and is currently chair of Rewilding Britain.

Miles Evans

BBOWT Trustee Miles Evans

BBOWT Trustee Miles Evans

Miles has degrees in political science from both St Andrews and Reading universities. He spent five years working in Parliament as Chief of Staff for Environment Minister Richard Benyon and the late Secretary of State for Wales, Dame Cheryl Gillan. He was elected as a councillor in 2015 at the age of 26, later becoming Deputy Leader of Newbury Town Council until 2019. Over the past six years he has led Thames Water’s communication, stakeholder engagement and government work, and sits as part of the business’s senior leadership team. He enjoys exploring BBOWT nature reserves in his spare time.

Andrew Bennellick

BBOWT Trustee Andrew Bennellick

BBOWT Trustee Andrew Bennellick

Andrew is a chartered landscape architect with experience of private and public practice. For nine years he worked for English Heritage as Deputy Director for London, and for the last 12 years he has worked for The National Lottery Heritage Fund – the largest investor in nature outside central Government – as Head of Land and Nature Policy. He leads the Fund’s investment in landscapes, nature, the marine environment and environmental sustainability. He is also the Development Director for the Future Parks Accelerator, a joint venture with the National Trust focused on improving urban green space for all. Andrew lives in the Chilterns and is a keen walker and gardener.

As new Chair, George Levvy will succeed Joanna Davidson, who is stepping down from the board after five years to pursue other ambitions. The Trust is extremely grateful for all of her service to BBOWT, and wishes her the best of luck.

For more information about all of our Trustees and the work they do, go to: bbowt.org.uk/aboutpeople/trustees