Meet our trustees
Any member of the Trust may become a trustee, provided that they are eligible to stand for election under both company law and charity law. There are no fixed qualifications.
A wide range of skills and experience is required in order for the Trust to operate effectively and each trustee is expected to bring strategic, social, economic and environmental direction to Council. Nominations are sought in late summer.
Notices of elections and particular recruitment needs are placed in Wild Warwickshire magazine and on this website. Trustees are elected by members at our Annual General Meeting.
Chair and Deputy Chair
Chair: Crishni Waring
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. 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. 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.
Deputy Chair: Martin Randall
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.
Treasurer and Chair of the Audit & Remuneration Committee
With a life-long interest in natural history, I have been a member since 2007. After a career in financial services including commercial banking with the likes of Lloyds Bank, it was only natural for me to use my financial skills for the benefit of the Trust as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Remuneration Committee. I was also co-opted as a trustee, elected as Treasurer and appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Middlemarch Environmental.
I am a retired solicitor and have practised in both 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 the Trust for over 30 years and a volunteer in the Visitor Centre at Brandon Marsh for five years. 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.
I served as chair of Trustees for eight years between 2008 and 2016 - a role that really helped me to 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.
A member for over twenty years, I have held 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 grew up on a farm and later qualified first as an ecologist, and then as a botanist studying the wild relatives of our crop plants and their response to changing climates. My career has spanned research and policy development, resource management, sustainable development and renewable energy. I was responsible for the setting up of both an energy efficiency advice centre and a centre of excellence for local authorities delivering commercial waste recycling. After recently retiring from a small consultancy company, I hope to use my time and expertise to support the biodiversity of Warwickshire’s wildlife and countryside.
My involvement with the Trust has largely been as a member and volunteer. I've been a Voluntary Work Party Leader on Kenilworth Reserves for over a decade and recently took on a similar role at Bubbenhall Meadow and Wood. I'm keen to build on this by representing the volunteers of the Trust. Professionally, I bring advice on business planning and investment appraisal, as a qualified accountant who spent most of my working life in the water industry in senior positions at Severn-Trent Water and the Environment Agency. For the past ten years I have coordinated the local support group of WaterAid, raising awareness and funds for the charity.
We are fortunate to have some wonderful countryside in our region and, through the Parkridge centre on my doorstep, I have witnessed the amazing work the Trust does for the area. I've belonged to the Trust as a member for over ten years, and became a Trustee to directly contribute to its further development. As a strategy director, I help organisations grow and develop. In the past I have worked in the environmental, utilities and construction sectors, and currently work for a financial services company. The natural world is my lifelong passion, and I am driven by a sense of urgency and need to help more people understand its value.
My career in town planning has spanned over three decades in both the public and private sectors. The majority of my work has been in the preparation and negotiation of planning applications, and the legal agreements which often run in parallel, for a wide variety of developments including housing, industrial and leisure projects. I have also been a member of the Trust for many years and I am keen to use my knowledge of the planning system to enhance the Trust's role in responding to planning applications, safeguarding existing habitats and creating new ones as part of new developments.
My sister and I spent most of our childhood outside pond dipping and badger watching and on rainy days we watched the Really Wild Show. We grew up with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust because our parents were involved as volunteers in the Trust's shops and gave pro bono legal advice. I vividly remember our dining room being transformed into a wildlife gift shop each Christmas! That passion for the natural world has stayed with me and shaped who I am. The Wildlife Trust network - and especially Warwickshire Wildlife Trust - is an inspiring movement for me, encouraging people to get involved and make a difference to their wild spaces. I feel so honoured to be a part of it. With a degree in biology and an advanced diploma in environmental conservation, I bring with me skills in fundraising, communications and marketing in the Third Sector.
I have been a member of the Trust for almost 20 years, and a birdwatcher and nature lover from childhood. From a base in Warwickshire, I work as a Chartered Marketer and consultant for organisations in many sectors across the UK and abroad. I have extensive experience in the charity, not-for-profit and public sectors, helping trustee, governance and management teams to develop and deliver membership, engagement and communication strategies.
I grew up in the countryside, which gave me an affinity with all things rural, and have been a member now for over a decade. The Trust's reserves and activities have given me a wealth of enjoyment and education in recent years, and now it's time to give something back. I'm looking forward to supporting the amazing staff and volunteers who conserve Warwickshire’s wildlife for current and future generations. Professionally, I have been involved in food and farming for decades, working in both public and private sectors. My career has encompassed field to plate across the food community, from farmers to retailers, with specialities in standards and sustainability, alongside senior management and business owner skills.