Our President and our Trustees

Our President and our Trustees

Green winged orchid. Photo, Michael Taylor

Our President

Professor Iain Stewart MBE

Professor Iain Stewart in DWT's Cricklepit Mill garden

The eminent geologist Professor Iain Stewart MBE, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute at Plymouth University, became our President in 2017.

Board of Trustees

Rebecca Bower, DWT trustee

Rebecca Bower

Rebecca is a chartered accountant and spent most of her career at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London leading the Finance Department. She retired in 2013.

She has been a Trustee of various other charities, several with an environmental focus and has extensive experience of charity accounting and governance.  Rebecca became a member of Devon Wildlife Trust when she moved to Exeter in 2014 and volunteers regularly with the South Devon and Dartmoor Practical Conservation Group.

She has been a member of DWT’s Board of Trustees since July 2019.

Rebecca Broad new Trustee at Devon Wildlife Trust

Rebecca Broad

Since I moved to Exeter 5 years ago I have volunteered and briefly worked for DWT. Most recently I organised a walk exploring the environments around Streatham campus. My work involves social media, so I enjoy administrating the Trust’s Exeter Local Group account (@DWT_ExeterLG) - if you hear of any wildlife events or sightings in the city, let us know!

I’m incredibly excited to become a trustee, and very much looking forward to representing young adults. I’m particularly passionate about the relationship between wellbeing and nature, as well as how those of us who champion wildlife can communicate that to others. Member of DWT’s Board since April 2018.

Andrew Burns trustee at Devon Wildlife Trust

Andrew Burns

Andrew Burns is a serving Royal Navy officer with a lifelong interest in natural history and conservation. Much of his 30 year career has been at sea conducting operations across the world and has included command of several warships.

Ashore he has served in the strategy area of the Ministry of Defence, the Navy’s training organisation and headquarters both in the UK and deployed overseas. An active member of a number of wildlife organisations, he has a home within the Dartmoor National Park. Member of DWT’s Board since April 2018.

Gaynor Castle trustee of Devon Wildlife Trust

Gaynor Castle

Gaynor is retired, bringing with her a wide range of commercial experience from telecoms, finance and aviation. After university a varied career has included roles in procurement, sales, aviation engineering & customer experience, culminating in creating and managing the strategy for aircraft interiors and entertainment technology for a major international airline. The multi-billion pound investment programmes included new aircraft such as A380 and the introduction of on-board wifi.

Her interest in wildlife, conservation and sustainable living started through extensive travel throughout Southern Africa over the last 20 years, and became local through joining the Bucks, Berks and Oxford Wildlife Trust when living in Buckinghamshire, continuing since moving to Devon through Devon Wildlife Trust. Member of DWT’s Board since April 2018.

Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper

Naturalist, photographer, author and broadcaster. A biologist by training. Award-winning wildlife film-maker and TV producer with the BBC Natural History Unit. Programmes produced include the BBC ‘Secret Nature’ TV series and ‘The Farm That Time Forgot’.

Actively involved with other conservation organisations, he is a trustee of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and Vice President of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. Member of DWT’s Board since 1991.

Charles Dixon

Charles Dixon

Chartered Surveyor and Land Agent, has practised since 1983 throughout Devon and Cornwall. A Director in a national firm of Chartered Surveyors and acts for a wide range of private sector, institutional, public sector and charity land owning clients.

Actively involved in day to day management of a wide range of wildlife and landscape habitats in Devon. Member of the Board since 2010 and of Executive Committee since December 2016. Trustee Advisor on Land and Property Issues since 2011.

Suzanne Goodfellow

Suzanne Goodfellow

An ecologist and all-round environmentalist. Worked for the Dartmoor National Park Authority for more than 30 years as an ecologist, landscape conservation officer and latterly as Director of Conservation. Now runs an environmental consultancy. Member of DWT since 1978.

Chair of the Devon Local Nature Partnership and a Director of Europarc Atlantic Isles with a lead role for sustainable tourism. Member of DWT’s Board of Trustees since 2013 and of Executive Committee since November 2015. From 1 April 2018 Sue has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Geoff Hearndean

Geoff Hearnden

A first generation farmer, purchased a rundown farm on the edge of Dartmoor in 1959. After over 40 years of running a commercial unit, alleged retirement means that wildlife is steadily taking over. Joined DWT in 1969.

In 2001 awarded an Honorary MSc by Plymouth University partly ‘in recognition of the efforts made by the wildlife trusts and the farming industry to come to some mutual understanding’. Member of DWT’s Board since 1975.

Barry Henwood

Barry Henwood

Worked as a GP in Newton Abbot 1985 -2011, now retired. Chairman of Butterfly Conservation, Devon Branch since 2014 and Devon County Moth Recorder since 2012. Has had 49 notes and papers published in peer reviewed entomological journals.

Is currently writing a Field Guide to the Caterpillars of Britain and Ireland. Member of DWT since 1976. Member of DWT’s Board since 2015.

Gail McKenzie trustee at Devon Wildlife Trust

Gail McKenzie

Having studied Zoology and Botany, Gail worked for the Natural History Museum in London for several years – in exhibitions and then as Head of Press & PR. Became publicist for the BBC Natural History Unit, working on series from the Private Life of Plants to Blue Planet.

After being Head of Communications at the Soil Association, she is now a freelance communications consultant working with organisations such as the National Trust and BBC. Born and raised in Devon, with a lifelong passion for the natural world, Gail returned in 2013. Member of DWT’s Board since April 2018.

Mike Moser

Dr Mike Moser

Trained as an ecologist, completing his PhD in the wetlands of the Camargue, southern France. Former Director of the NGO Wetlands International. For the last 15 years, has supported large-scale ecosystem conservation (wetlands, coastal, and forests) in developing countries - for the UN Development Programme and for international NGOs and foundations.

Chairs the Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area steering group and the Forestry Commission’s SW Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee. Member of DWT’s Board since 2014.

DWT Trustee Helen Nathanson

Helen Nathanson

Helen’s professional background is in management of personnel, finance and administration in the Royal Navy and local government. She has extensive experience of working with volunteers and community groups to deliver local projects from Neighbourhood Plans and food growing initiatives to destination management and the visitor economy.

She is also a qualified secondary English teacher with a particular interest in how we educate and engage young people about the natural world. She is a member of DWT’s Avon Valley Project and will be studying an MA in Food Studies at Exeter University. Member of DWT’s Board since April 2018.

Vicky Pope trustee at Devon Wildlife Trust

Professor Vicky Pope

Head of Science and Technology Futures at the Met Office, anticipating new requirements for weather and climate services, developing partnerships and promoting innovation. Led the Met Office response on climate change, air quality, drought and access to data.

Senior advisory roles and boards include Met Office Government Services Board, judging panel for Lloyd's Science of Risk Prize, Climate Change Commission for Wales, Science Advisory Board for Science Museum Climate Change gallery, NERC National Capability National Public Good Assessment Panel. Previous roles include developing climate models and running the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme. Member of DWT’s Board since April 2018.

Nigel Rendle

Nigel Rendle

Previously a Management Accountant with the Wrigley Co Ltd, took early retirement at the end of 2007 after 36 years of service. Member of DWT for over 30 years. Former Chair of Tavistock Local Group. Convenor of the Volunteers Forum since November 2010.

Now enjoying all things related to wildlife & Dartmoor, chairing the vibrant Yelverton Local History Society and giving more time to DWT. Member of DWT’s Board since 1990. 

John Whetnan

John Whetman

A chartered horticulturist. Built up a prosperous specialist enterprise propagating and breeding Garden Pinks and other Dianthus. Now “retired” he and his wife manage a 119 acre wildlife friendly farm (a County Wildlife Site) in the Teign Valley.

DWT Ruggadon Reserve is in the middle of the farm. Involved with the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, the Kingfisher Award Scheme and the Devon Hedge Group. Fellow and trustee of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture. Member of DWT’s Board since 1998.