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, John has 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 John to use his financial skills for the benefit of the Trust as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit Remuneration Committee. John was co-opted as a trustee, elected as Treasurer and appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Middlemarch Environmental.
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 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.
Michael was chair of the Trustees for eight years between 2008 and 2016. That role 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.
I have been a member 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 and 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.
Susan was raised on a farm and qualified first as an ecologist, then as a botanist studying the wild relatives of our crop plants and their response to changing climates. Her career has spanned research and policy development, resource management, sustainable development and renewable energy. She 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. She has recently retired from a small consultancy company. She hopes that she can now use her time and expertise to support the biodiversity of Warwickshire’s wildlife and countryside.
Geoff has had considerable involvement with the Trust as member and volunteer. He has been a Voluntary Work Party Leader on Kenilworth Reserves for ten years and has recently taken on a similar role at Bubbenhall Meadow and Wood. He would like to build on this by representing the volunteers of the Trust. Professionally, Geoff brings advice on business planning and investment appraisal. He is a qualified accountant who spent most of his working life in the water industry in senior positions at Severn-Trent Water and the Environment Agency. For the past ten years he has coordinated the local support group of WaterAid, raising awareness and funds for the charity.
Duncan enjoys the wonderful countryside in our region and, through the Parkridge centre on his doorstep, has witnessed the amazing work the Trust does for the area. He has been a Trust member for over ten years, and became a Trustee to directly contribute to its further development. As a strategy director, he helps organisations grow and develop. He has worked in the environmental, utilities and construction sectors and currently for a financial services company. Duncan's lifelong passion is the natural world and he is driven by a sense of urgency and need to help more people understand its value.
Laurence's career in town planning has spanned over three decades and he has worked in both the public and private sectors. The majority of his 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. He has also been a member of the Trust for many years and is keen to use his 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.