Governance

Governance

Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust is registered with the Charity Commission and is a company limited by guarantee. It is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association as amended by Special Resolution on 1 July 1987, 1 July 1996 and 15 September 2007.

The Trust operates in Hertfordshire and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Harrow and Hillingdon (“Middlesex”).

The Trust is an independent member of The Wildlife Trusts (TWT), a partnership of 47 local Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT).

The Trust seeks to follow the Charity Governance Code which aims to help charities and trustees develop high standards of governance by setting principles and recommended practice for good governance

For the purposes of the Companies Act 2006, Trustees are Directors and the Council of Management is regarded as the Board of Directors of the Company.

The Council of Management, which can have between eight and twelve members, administers the charity and meets six times a year. Specialist advice is given to Council by the following committees which meet quarterly:

• Finance and Resources Committee
• Conservation, Community and Education Committee; and
• Health and Safety Working Group.

There is also an Accommodation Task Group which meets as required.

See our past annual report and accounts here. 

Trustees

Trustees play a vital role in all aspects of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust's work. They oversee the governance and strategic leadership of the organisation and make sure we stay on track for success.

Mike Master – Chairman

Mike Master

Mike Master retired in 2003 from a career in the construction supply industry, as Director and General Manager of RMC Aggregates (Greater London) Ltd. and now runs his own mineral development consultancy. Somewhat naturally he has a keen interest in the potential of the quarry industry to foster conservation initiatives.

In addition to his role at the Trust, he is a director of Hertfordshire Groundwork Trust and Groundwork (UK). He is also a director of QPA Restoration Guarantee Fund and a life member of the National Trust.

Appointed Trustee 15th September 2007

Appointed Chairman 17th October 2009

Dr Veronica Edmonds-Brown – Vice Chairman

Veronica Edmonds Brown

Dr Veronica Edmonds-Brown is an aquatic ecologist at the University of Hertfordshire, working on a breeding programme for native freshwater invertebrates, and identifying misconnection hotspots using coliforms.

Ronni sits on the Herts Natural History Society Management committee and is Chair of the Hertfordshire Biological Recorders and the Taxonomy and Systematics subcommittee on Education, Training and Careers. She is also a member of the Aquatic Ecology Group of the BES Committee and of the Linnaean Society Taxonomy and Systematics Committee.

She is also responsible for the ecological management of the Bayfordbury field centre. Ronni and her husband moved from Wimbledon to Barnet in 1981 and have two children. Interests include reading, music, messing about in water and conservation.

Appointed Trustee 17th October 2009

Appointed Vice Chairman 17th October 2009

Clive Hinds – Treasurer

Clive Hinds

Clive Hinds is a retired audit partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers based in London and St Albans. His clients covered a range of businesses, including charities. One of his clients in this period was the RSPB. Clive is passionate about wildlife in general and has been a member of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the RSPB for many years.

An active member of a local group lobbying to save Aldenham Country Park, Clive has been involved with three elements: preventing the park from being closed, applying to have a footpath designated around the lake, and ongoing discussions with the owners of the lake to ensure that it remains an asset for the local community.

Appointed Trustee 1st October 2011

Appointed Treasurer 16th November 2013

Olivia Bertham

Olivia Bertham

Olivia Bertham works as an environmental management consultant with companies wanting to manage and improve environmental performance. Following a career with large management consulting companies in London, she now works as a freelance consultant, undertaking a variety of corporate sustainability projects. Olivia has always taken great pleasure in spending time outdoors - either in the countryside, the garden or at her allotment.  She likes nothing better than to be walking or cycling in the Hertfordshire countryside with her husband and two children. 

Being a trustee for HMWT is a great opportunity to learn more about British wildlife whilst being able to contribute to a charity important to the wildlife, people and businesses of the region.

Appointed Trustee 30th June 2015

Keith Cotton

Keith Cotton

Keith Cotton lives in St Albans and is a passionate conservationist with 30 years’ experience of observation and an ongoing desire to embrace all things wild – as he says “You never stop learning!”. As Managing Director of CrispAir, he has successfully grown a behavioural change, problem-solving and communications consultancy with clients as diverse as major utilities, multi-national businesses and local authorities in London.

He has been in the business for twenty years and is respected by all clients for honesty, integrity and a fresh way of thinking. Keith is active locally and nationally with various organisations including environmental and welfare charities. His passion with the Trust is to help and support, wherever his skills can be used.

Appointed Trustee 8th November 2014

Jackie Hunter

Jackie Hunter

Jackie Hunter is currently a Director of BenevolentAI, a company that uses artificial intelligence to improve the discovery and development of new medicines. Prior to this she was Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the major funder of Bioscience research in the UK. Most of her career was spent working in the pharmaceutical industry and she also started an open innovation consultancy to help organisations and companies improve their innovation and collaboration processes. She is a past governor of the University of Hertfordshire and currently Chair of Trustees of the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich which focuses on plant diseases research.

Jackie is passionate about wildlife and when not working in London spends most of her time in the garden trying to create a rich habitat for wildlife which is made slightly less rich in places by her dogs! She hopes to bring her expertise to help HMWT especially in areas of new technology and funding. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two beagles.

Appointed Trustee 14th September 2019

Amy Jankiewicz

Amy Jankiewicz

Amy Jankiewicz started with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as Chief of Staff for their Natural Environment Directorate in May 2019. Prior to this she was part of the Senior Management Team at Guide Dogs for the Blind as a Change Management Business Lead looking after a portfolio of transformational change programmes. Amy has worked in investment banking, sport, education and training but more significantly she served as a British Army Officer for four years - including an operational tour to Afghanistan with the Royal Marines. Prior to Guide Dogs she headed up Business Development in military charity The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory. 

Amy has also recently completed the Strategic Leaders Programme at UWE Bristol and enjoys participating in running, cycling, skiing (when possible), photography and walking her rehomed guide dog in Hertfordshire’s beautiful countryside. It was this that sparked an interest in HMWT and a collection of all of these experiences where Amy hopes to add value through her varied career strands, especially those in the third sector and central Government.

Appointed Trustee 14th September 2019

Paul Knutson

Paul Knutson

Paul Knutson grew up in Maryland, USA, worked his way to Europe after university, travelled, and has lived in Northwood since 1972. His career started in IT, in manufacturing, then project management, and then his own consultancy from 1986 (to help people manage change successfully).

Past achievements include 24 successful projects, Director at Thomson Holidays, Amersham International and AMED, Chair of Hillingdon CAB, the main contributor to The Effective Director (2001), Chris Pierce (ed.). His wife Linda, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, gardening, tennis, walking, and so much of London fill Paul’s time, along with learning more about wildlife.

Appointed Trustee 17th October 2009

Sarah Kohl

Sarah Kohl

Sarah Kohl recently retired from the civil service where she has been a lawyer advising government for the past 17 years. As well as extensive experience of central government generally she has also specialised in environmental policies most recently with the Department for Transport and previously the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Having been born and brought up in rural East Anglia, she has always appreciated and valued the natural world around her but her involvement with environmental issues was sparked by her experiences in Defra. Her work as a Trustee has provided a way to engage her personal interests, learn more about wildlife and to give something back to the community by supporting the important work of the Trust. Sarah lives in Hertfordshire with her husband.

Appointed Trustee 16th November 2013

Andrew Woods

Andrew Woods

Andrew Woods is Finance Director of a headhunting and coaching business based in Central London. After graduating with a degree in Biology, he trained as an accountant with Deloitte and held various finance and management roles before taking a career break in 2008.

During this time, having always had a passion for wildlife and conservation, he spent a month as a volunteer on a wildlife reserve deep in the Amazonian rainforest. In 2009 he studied for a BTEC qualification in Habitat Management at Capel Manor College, as well as volunteering for Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust's Green Team and in their offices.

Andrew is married with three children and lives in Harpenden. He loves sailing, rock climbing, visits to the theatre and is currently training for his first scuba diving qualification.

Appointed Trustee 1st October 2011