Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Our Staff

  • Chief Executive: Helen Stace


  • Conservation Senior Manager: Andrew Nixon
  • Living Landscapes Officer (Lugg Valley): Sophie Cowling
  • Catchment Advisor: Claire Spicer
  • Fundraising Officer: Emma Morrison
  • Ice Age Ponds Project Manager: Dave Hutton


  • Reserves Manager: Esther Clarke
  • Reserves Officer: Trevor Hulme
  • Reserves Officer: Paul Ratcliffe
  • Reserves Officer: Pete Johnson
  • Reserves Officer: Lewis Goldwater
  • Conservation Volunteer Support Officer: Ian James


  • Engagement Manager: Julia Morton
  • Nature Tots Coordinator: Hannah Dunn
  • Nature Tots Coordinator (Maternity Cover): Caroline Braid
  • Outdoor Wellbeing Officer & Engagement Officer: Karen Roberts
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Annderley Hill


  • Communications & Marketing Manager: Frances Weeks
  • Membership Development Officer: Chris Jones
  • Retail Officer: Debbie Bean
  • Ledbury Shop Assistant: Katherine Beasley


  • Finance Manager: Amanda Eckley
  • Finance Officer: Francesca De Luca
  • Human Resources & Administration Officer: Averil Clother


  • Queenswood Visitor Experience Manager: Katherine Manning
  • Queenswood Visitor Centre Assistant: Liz Bunney
  • Queenswood Visitor Centre Assistant: Sarah King

Trustees & Honorary Officers

Honorary Officers

Chair of the Board of Trustees: Brian Hurrell
Vice Chair: William Bullough
Hon. Secretary: vacant
Treasurer: Richard Cryer
Flycatcher Editor: Peter Garner


The Trustees are responsible for the overall governance of the Trust. The Board meets eight times a year, and many Trustees are also involved in other committees, advisory groups, liaising with staff and representing the Trust at events. There is a wide range of expertise on the Board.

Debbie Beaton

Moving back from Sussex to the Herefordshire border this year has bought my life full circle. I spent my formative years in Herefordshire, living just outside Risbury, near Leominster where my father was a forester. A keen ornithologist and nature lover, he introduced agro-forestry into the county and this, in turn, inspired me to take sciences at Hereford Sixth Form College and go onto Newcastle University to study Agriculture and Environmental Science.

I am passionate about sustainable land management to protect and enhance our planet and its precious species. And, as a trustee, I hope to be able to call on my experience in 32 years of agricultural publishing (Farmers Weekly and Crops) alongside recent Government think-tank and strategy consultations about future land management. I am a keen wildlife enthusiast, but no expert! I leave that to my husband, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge about birds and our two daughters who are studying and working in wildlife conservation.

Jake Bharier

I spent 20 years working for a multinational chemicals company at corporate level, in the area of health, safety and environment. Then he spent another 20 years working for Skillshare International, an international volunteering charity.

During this time, I was also, for six years, the Treasurer of CONCORD, the European confederation of international development NGOs.

I am still involved internationally, as a Trustee of APT Action on Poverty.  In the UK I am Chair of Trustees of Mountain Rescue England and Wales; and more locally an Independent Person for Herefordshire Council, providing advice when it is dealing with complaints against councillors. 

William  Bullough (Vice Chair)

A lifelong naturalist Will has degrees in biology, ecology and agricultural biochemistry. For many years he ran an upland livestock farm on the Herefordshire border and in 1987 started the business Whitney Sawmills and Workshops. Since then he has built it into one of the few successful British businesses specialising in home grown hardwoods. With years of experience in woodland management he also developed and now teaches a unique course called “Woodland to Workshop” in association with the charity Woodland 

Richard Cryer

I am a chartered accountant with a career in financial services and higher education.  In retirement I have held a range of non-executive posts, principally in health and social care, including being a non-executive director and finance committee chair of an NHS trust, and trustee and treasurer of charities including Amnesty International and Action for Children.

Joining HWT would represent branching out into a new field for me, but in part it would also take me back to my roots as my father worked for the Nature Conservancy for many years and family holidays were often spent touring national nature reserves and SSSIs.

Peter Ford

Pete retired as a building society director in 2010. The early part of his career was spent as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse following which he entered the financial services sector with responsibilities ranging from financial control through to planning and corporate governance. He has trustee experience as a pension scheme trustee. Peter has also been a reserves volunteer for a number of years.

Peter Garner

Peter is a retired head teacher. For his first 25 years as a teacher he worked in Birmingham with young offenders, and then with excluded pupils. In 1993 he was appointed head teacher of a large Middle School in Redditch.

While still working he published a book on the Dragonflies of Herefordshire. After he retired in 2008 he concentrated on his role as Botanical Recorder for Herefordshire.

Peter was a Trustee with the Trust first in 1997, but resigned in 2005 to concentrate more fully on his last few years as a head teacher, but continued to stay in close contact with all that occurred at the Trust as he remained editor of Flycatcher.

Brian Hurrell (Chair)

Brian is a retired local government officer and a retired Chair of a London Housing Association He brings a wealth of experience in both working with local/national politicians, and the role responsibilities of a Trustee to the Board. He currently enjoys being a member of the Trust’s work party, and has a keen interest in habitat creation and maintenance.

Alison McLean 

Alison has spent her career in community and economic development, working for both public and voluntary organisations, mostly in Herefordshire and Shropshire. She is a former Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a former Board member of the Countryside Agency and Commission for Rural Communities and is currently a Governor at the Hereford College of Arts and a director of Hereford Yoga Community Interest Company. She has lived in Herefordshire for over 30 years. Alison was awarded an OBE for services to rural affairs in 2010.

Stuart McMaster

Stuart brings to the Board over 30 years experience at Director level in commercial business related to the construction industry. He has been resident in the county for over 25 years and has had the pleasure of raising his family of five children here. He has been the volunteer warden for Merrivale Wood in Ross on Wye for several years and is an enthusiastic amateur naturalist.

Elizabeth (Liz) Overstall

A director/cameraman with Anglia TV’s “Survival” series for 20 years, Liz’s prize-winning nature films have been distributed world-wide, helping to protect fragile environments in many countries. Liz is also the author of several wildlife books. She is currently director of a Herefordshire medical training company and active in her local community as a Community First Responder and Parish Councillor. She has a lifelong interest in natural history and a desire to contribute to the protection of Herefordshire’s countryside.

Jim Hardy

Jim has been a co-opted trustee and member of the finance committee for the last ten months.  He has an organic farm and for many years ran a food production business.  His experience thus includes agriculture, management, finance, marketing and employment. He has been a life-long amateur naturalist and believes that a respect for nature should be at the core of all human activity.  He has a particular interest in enhancing communication between the conservation movement and mainstream agriculture and would like to continue to serve the trust both as a trustee as well as in any other way he can.

Nick Smith

Nick has worked in the forestry industry across England for over 40 years. Much of that time has been spent with the Forestry Commission in different supervisory roles of management. His current role for the last twenty or more years has been as a private woodland officer giving advice and help to private woodland owners across the West Midlands. This has help bring many types of woodland into positive management and for the benefits of the wider wildlife and environment.
His lifetime hobby has been with ornithology and in past years working with Herefordshire Ornithology Club, as chairman and helping to coordinating the publishing in 2014, the book called the Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012. Other interests include gardening and campanology. Nick was awarded a BEM for services to forestry, the environment and ornithology in 2016.

Matt Williams

Matt is a nature writer, wildlife photographer and nature podcast presenter. He's a lifelong nature lover and environmentalist. He began birdwatching at the age of five and grew up in Malvern. He has spent a decade working in the youth environmental sector, first as part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition (including a year as one of its Co-Directors), followed by four years as Associate Director of A Focus on Nature, the youth nature network. In the past he was Communications Manager of the Borneo Nature Foundation in Indonesia. He is an environmental policy specialist, having worked on climate change and energy policy for the RSPB for five years. He now leads the National Trust's environmental policy work. He's also working with a range of international youth nature organisations planning a campaign ahead of the UN biodiversity conference in 2020. You can find out more about Matt at and @mattadamw.

Associate Trustee

Rebecca Hadaway 

Our Patron & Presidents

Our Patron & Presidents


Monty Don

“I am delighted and honoured to become Patron of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and wholeheartedly support the wide range of excellent work in conserving and celebrating Herefordshire’s astonishingly rich and varied wildlife."

Monty is a renowned writer and television presenter and the UK’s favourite gardener.

Monty first appeared on television in 1989 and has now presented gardening and travel programmes for over twenty years. He is the lead presenter for the BBC flagship programme Gardeners’ World which he now hosts from his home Longmeadow in Herefordshire. He also presents the Chelsea Flower Show coverage for BBC2 and Shared Planet for Radio 4 which explores the complex interface between a growing human population and wildlife.

Monty is a prolific journalist and was the Observer’s gardening editor from 1994 until 2006 and now writes regular columns for publications including Gardeners’ World Magazine. He has written over 20 books including the best selling Fork to Fork, The Sensuous Garden, The Jewel Garden (with Sarah Don), The Complete Gardener and The Road to Le Tholonet.

Monty is a committed organic gardener and was for many years the President of the Soil Association. He has worked with schools and groups of drug addicts to build respect and reward from working with the natural world. Monty has a strong belief in the importance of communities working together through an understanding and love of the land.



Vice Presidents:

Mr Lawrence Banks CBE DL
Mr Edward Harley
Mr Tom Davies
Mrs Betty Winser

Marie Clarke

Roger Beck

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