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.
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 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 HMWT, he is Chairman of Groundwork East and a director of Groundwork (UK). He is also a director of QPA Restoration Guarantee Fund, an Ambassador for Hertfordshire Community Foundation and a life member of the National Trust.
Appointed Trustee 15th September 2007
Appointed Chairman 17th October 2009
Dr Veronica Edmonds-Brown – Vice Chairman
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 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 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
Lisa Clavering is a consultant working in the charity sector, specialising in digital engagement and fundraising. She fell into fundraising after graduating in 2004 and has remained an “accidental fundraiser” ever since. She has contributed articles to charity sector magazines, and helped organise one of the key conferences in the charity sector calendar.
Lisa’s interest in the local wildlife sector stepped up a gear in 2021 when she became a proud frog “mum” after creating a tiny garden wildlife pond. She has big ambitions to help grow the reach of the Trust’s work in the local community, especially among school-aged children.
Appointed Trustee 18th September 2021
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
Laura Horton has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years in human resources and operations roles. She is currently Senior Head of Operations at The Prince’s Trust where her team help support young people into roles in the health and social care sector. Having lived in Hertfordshire and Barnet most of her life, she’s passionate about the local wildlife and nature reserves. She’s spent many happy hours in Cassiobury Park with family and friends, recently making trips to try and spot the resident little owls. A keen amateur wildlife photographer, Laura loves nothing more than exploring local nature and travelling abroad to get that perfect shot of wildlife in its natural habitat.
Appointed Trustee 18th September 2021
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 focusses on plant diseases research. She recently joined the Technology Advisory Board of BP plc as their first bioscientist appointment to advise on their commitment to carbon reduction and reliance on fossil fuels. 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 14 September 2019
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
Kathryn Mackenzie was originally a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche, before moving into the investment banking industry, enjoying responsible roles in Finance, Technology and Compliance Depts. Her passion for ecology and conservation was awakened many years ago on a sea-kayaking and wild-camping trip to the Arctic. She consults part-time for The Marine Conservation Society in a professional capacity. She is also active in a Hertfordshire group which aims to conserve and protect our precious chalk streams – recently appearing on the BBC on the subject of sewage pollution. Additionally, recognising the importance of engaging with youth, she volunteers as a Duke of Edinburgh expedition leader at a local school; also designing and leading the conservation volunteering element of the programme, enabling pupils to learn about the natural world, biodiversity in Herts and participate in environmental projects. She is also “hands on” at a local wildlife rehabilitation centre.
Peter Tallantire is a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office where he has spent the past 30 plus years working on a diverse range of issues including public service reform and national crisis management arrangements. Particular highlights have included supporting the response to many events over that period, delivering major projects, guiding legislation through both the UK and European parliament, leading the UK team negotiating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and membership of the Met Office’s Public Weather Service Customer Group (PWSCG). Peter was born in Middlesex and has lived most of his life in Hertfordshire where he lives on a smallholding with his wife and family balancing the needs of local wildlife with his daughters’ passion for horses. A life long lover of nature, Peter has sat on the management committee for the Hertfordshire Natural History Society since 2012 and is a member of many other local and national organisations. He was awarded an OBE in 2004.
Louise Turner is a television producer and journalist driving Channel 4 News’ environmental coverage, with a particular focus on highlighting the biodiversity crisis we face. Louise also runs the Film Fund, commissioning filmmakers from around the world to produce features that appear within the nightly news. Prior to this, Louise made documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC, including the Natural History Unit. Raising awareness of the many threats to nature is what drives Louise both at work and in taking on the role of trustee. There is, after all, no better place to try to save the world than in your own backyard! Growing up in the Yorkshire Dales has given Louise a lifelong passion for British wildlife, and in particular birds. These days, Louise can often be found cycling or running around Hertfordshire with binocular braces, or picnicking with her partner and two young boys.
Appointed Trustee 18th September 2021