My lifelong affinity with wild places began aged 15, winter mountaineering with my school in Scotland. I return frequently to climb the hills and immerse myself in wild places.
I spent six months acting as a Trustee before it emerged that I was one of those adversely affected by Civica’s manifest errors in last year’s election. In that time I chaired the Health and Safety committee and championed its merging with the HR committee.
My background and skills differ from many Trustees. The insight and diversity of experience I bring to help the Board function better comes from 35 years’ experience in education, with Amnesty International - with many complementarities to the John Muir Trust - and my day job as People Director for an FE College where we educate one of the most diverse populations in the country. I am also a Board member of the University College of Osteopathy sitting on the Finance & Estates Committee and chairing their Board Effectiveness group.
The Trust has new energy with a confident Executive, a fresh vision and is scaling up its teams to deliver, including the exciting aspiration to create the definitive management standards for wild places. I support the forging of wider landscape scale partnerships to support or take over their conservation, protection and repair, where we can make a difference – and the purchase of additional property if affordable.
I hope to continue to contribute to the crucial work of the Trust and that you will support my candidacy.
Patrick Cadell, Alan Dobie, Simon Thompson, Andrew Whitfield, Sheila Wren