Above: Council meeting December 2016, Mike Bunney hands over the Chair of Trustees to Crishni Waring. Photos Copyright 2016 Ed Green (WKWT).
Crishni Waring (Chair)
I have had a 30 year career in business encompassing a diverse industry background including health and wellbeing, retailing and logistics and distribution. My early roles were in human resources and I have been a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development throughout my career. In the last 10 years, I have held senior management roles in 2 FTSE100 companies and went on to set up my own consulting business.
In 2011, I was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) which provides mental health and community services both locally and nationally. As part of the Trust Board, I played a significant role in the governance of the organisation, including chairing committees, scrutinising performance and working with regulators. I have also worked in the third sector running a small social enterprise supporting people with special educational needs and as part of this role, I worked with the Trustees of an associated charity.
In November 2016, I took up a new appointment as Chair of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT). The Trust provides similar services to CWPT but for the county of Northamptonshire and the role encompasses leading the Board of Directors ensuring its effectiveness in setting strategy, maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements and delivering high standards of governance. I am confident that I will have the capacity to undertake the Chair role for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and that the two roles will complement each other well.
Alistair Lorimer (Vice Chair)
I have been a member of the Trust since the late 1980s and head up the Marketing Working Group. I am also on the Board of the Trust's ecological consultancy company, Middlemarch Environmental, where I provide sales and marketing support in particular. I run my own retail development consultancy specialising in Garden Centres and associated businesses.
John McKenzie (Treasurer and Chair of the Audit & Remuneration Committee)
John was co-opted as a Trustee and elected as Tresurer and appointed as a Non Executive Director of Middlemarch to suceed Barry Whittington who, after 26 years in these roles has stepped down as a Trustee.
Kay Reeve (Hon Secretary)
I am a retired Solicitor; I practised both in Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. Together with my husband Peter, I am involved in running the Warwickshire Dragonfly Group. Apart from my interest in Natural History, I am an enthusiastic photographer, and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
I have been a member of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust for over 30 years and a volunteer in the office at Brandon for 5 years. I feel I have a broad understanding of the work and aims of the Wildlife Trusts at local, national and global levels. I can offer a broad and objective view of the work of the Trust and offer expertise in motivation and communication, both important in enabling the Trust to engage with a wide range of people.
Michael was chair of the Trustees for eight years between 2008 and 2016. The role as chair of trustees was one of the best ways for me to really find out the ‘what, why and how’ of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and the other 46 Trusts around the country. Having come from a different background it has been a fascinating and rewarding experience; a chance to meet some really dedicated people and to see some truly amazing results.
Mike remains on the Council as a Trustee but is stepping away from a lot of the national Wildlife Trust work with which he has been involved with. He does however intend to remain an active member of the food and farming working group.
I have been a member of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust for over twenty years and have had a lifelong interest in wildlife with a broad general knowledge of nature and conservation issues. I recently retired as Executive Director of Rugby Borough Council. As one of the two most senior officers at the Council I was involved in all aspects of leading and managing a complex public sector organisation, focusing on strategic planning, organisational leadership and management, building services and partnerships with external organisations. I'm also a governor at Avon Valley School in Rugby and have a good knowledge of secondary education and education issues in general.
I'm a former journalist and award-winning communication professional who is passionate about wildlife. Working in Internal Communications I believe I can help to creatively improve communication and engagement with the Trust’s staff and volunteering network, building more loyalty to the Trust and a willingness to do more. Throughout my working life I have worked effectively in a team, sharing success and experience and helping to develop other team members with my skills an knowledge. I believe I can offer insight into how to attract and retain more family memberships – keeping future generations involved in conservation and interested in wildlife.
I recently retired from HM Revenue & Customs where I held a number of senior roles. I have a keen interest in natural history, as well as an academic training in biological sciences and an early career in environmental work. As Deputy Director in HMRC I was responsible for leading large operational teams, requiring effective financial, resource and risk management, whilst setting and evaluating performance against agreed targets. I am also a chartered accountant (CIPFA) and was a member of investment appraisal committees, overseeing large operating budgets to realise Spending Review efficiency targets.