I have been a John Muir Trust member since 2012 and was its Advocacy Officer 2012 - 2015. I have always been impressed by the Trust’s courageous campaigning for wild places, and in 2021 was delighted to join the Board. It has been a huge privilege to serve the organisation as a trustee and support such engaging and talented staff.
I have 38 years’ general management experience up to Board level and a Certificate in Company Direction. My strengths are in policy making, government affairs and communications. As Advocacy Officer, I raised the Trust’s profile, enlisted political support and influenced policy affecting wild land.
I feel my skills complement the overall skillset of the Board. Having contributed to the new strategy, I would now like to stay to guide its implementation. I currently chair the Human Resources and Health and Safety at Work Committee, which has important, ongoing work to support staff as the strategy unfolds. I also serve on the Risk
and Reputation Committee.
I am truly fortunate to live within the Malvern Hills AONB, where I am: a member of the parish council, leading a project to protect habitats; the convenor for a local ‘green’ network; a trustee of an educational grant-giving charity; and a wildlife trust volunteer.
Over the next three years I would:
• help the Trust maintain clear strategic goals and use its resources to best effect;
• ensure it operates with propriety and help with difficult decisions; and
• be an active participant in its programme of engagement.
Patrick Cadell, John Finney, Clare Jefferis, Raymond Simpson, Jane Smallman