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).

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

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

Peter Delaloye

Peter Delaloye

Peter Delaloye was a Sales and Marketing Manager at Forte Hotels until his retirement in 1996. Since 1959, he has been a BTO licensed Bird Ringer and Trainer and runs the Maple Cross Ringing Group. He was a member of the Focus Group which reorganised the Hertfordshire Natural History Society. He was then Chairman of the society from 2005 – 2009.

Prior to this, he was Chairman of the Herts Bird Club from 2000 – 2005. He is a founding member of the Maple Lodge Conservation Society, which runs Maple Lodge Nature Reserve and is currently a Trustee and the Deputy Chairman. For several years, he has been voluntary warden at Hilfield Park Reservoir where he edits the Annual Report.

In addition to running a ringing programme at Hilfield, he is involved with the Herts Bird Club Tree Sparrow recovery project at Tyttenhanger.

Appointed Trustee 8th November 2014

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

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 with Buckinghamshire-based Oakdene Hollins, undertaking a variety of corporate sustainability projects.

Olivia has always taken great pleasure in spending time outdoors - either in the countryside or at the allotment. College Lake is a particular favourite, but Olivia has enjoyed exploring other Wildlife Trust sites around the region. She likes nothing better than to be walking or cycling in the Hertfordshire countryside with her husband and two children. Being a trustee of the Trust is a great opportunity to learn more about British wildlife whilst being able to contribute to a charity important to the people and businesses of the region.

Appointed Trustee 30th June 2015

Andy Brown

Andy Brown

Andy Brown lives and works in Cambridgeshire, although has a strong link with the Hertfordshire area, being born and brought up in Middlesex. As Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water, Andy is responsible for overseeing the delivery of their sustainability strategy “Love Every Drop”, and for the teams delivering the regional community education, customer engagement and volunteering programmes.

Graduating with a degree in Applied Biology, Andy initially focused on biodiversity, working closely with Wildlife Trusts in the East of England, moving into the water and sustainability industry, as well as the Ministry of Defence. In recent years, Andy has worked closely with the charity Business in the Community working on their national Water Taskforce and their Circular Economy Taskforce. He also works with Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership on their Natural Capital Impact Group and their Catchment Management Leadership Group.

Appointed Trustee 16th November 2013

Paul Knutson

Paul Knutson

Paul Knutson grew up in Maryland, USA, worked his way to Europe after university, travelled, met a woman in London, 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