Dr David Bullock – Chairman
With an extensive background in ecology, David was the Head of Nature Conservation at the National Trust until he retired in May 2019. A Batworker Trainer, his particular interest has been the management of bats in historic buildings, which culminated in the recent publication ‘Bats and Historic Buildings’. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and was appointed as Chairman in 2018.
Sally Ford-Hutchinson – Vice Chairman
Sally’s experience is in market research and marketing communications. She is a former Chair of The Market Research Society and was Global Planning Director of the International Advertising Agency DMB&B. She has been running her own consultancy The Thinking Shop for the last twelve years, where she advises clients about their services and brands. Sally has experience as a trustee having worked for a number of years with both Nottingham Trent University and the National Centre for Social Research. Her personal interest in wildlife has taken her all over the world. She joined the Board of Trustees of VWT in 2015.
Matthew Norman – Trustee
Matthew Norman is the Chief Investment Officer of a Family Office based in London. His prior experiences have included managing the wealth of other international families, advising Sovereign Wealth Funds and working for a Russian Hedge Fund. Matthew holds an MA in International Conflict Analysis. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2010.
Dr Liam Lysaght – Trustee
Liam Lysaght is Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford, Ireland, where he heads up a small team of seven staff. He also serves as Head of Delegation for Ireland to the intergovernmental Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a global informatics network of 95 partners worldwide. Liam has a deep knowledge of nature conservation and biodiversity policy, having previously worked with the Heritage Council providing independent heritage policy advice to the Government and, prior to that, as a Park Ranger in the Burren National Park. In 2016, he co-authored the Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010-2015, the first atlas to map terrestrial and marine mammals in Ireland and its marine waters. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2018.
Professor Robbie McDonald – Trustee
Robbie is based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall, where he holds a Chair in Natural Environment. He works on a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects in wildlife ecology and management. Robbie’s research career has focused on mustelids and he completed a PhD on weasels and stoats. He has also worked on Californian sea otters, martens, badgers, mink, ferrets and New Zealand and Irish stoats, and currently collaborates with VWT on marten and polecat research projects. Robbie joined the Board of Trustees in 2018.
Dr Lucy Rogers – Chief Executive
Lucy has a background in conservation science and conservation delivery. With a PhD in small mammal ecology from the University of Aberdeen, she worked for a number of years with FERA (now the Animal and Plant Health Agency) at Woodchester Park managing projects on badger ecology and TB epidemiology. Prior to joining the VWT, she was Director of Delivery Programmes for Avon Wildlife Trust, leading the strategic planning, development and delivery of their conservation and community engagement work. Lucy was appointed as Chief Executive for the Trust in 2018. Office: Ledbury.
Hilary Macmillan – Head of Communications
Hilary has worked for the Trust since 2000, for much of that time leading the Communications Team. She has a background in teaching and taught Geography at the start of her career. Prior to joining VWT, she worked in the conservation education sector as Head of Education with Kent Wildlife Trust and later as an environmental education consultant. She has a Masters degree in Nature and Travel Writing and has written for a range of publications, including BBC Wildlife magazine. Until recently, Hilary combined her role at VWT with teaching young people with specific learning difficulties.
Tim Bennett – Finance Manager
Tim joined the Trust in 2019 as Finance Officer. He has a background in both the charity sector, having previously worked for Mind Aberystwyth as its Business and Finance Officer, and in the private sector more recently with Balfour Beatty. Through both roles, Tim has a number of years of people management experience. He has a degree in Zoology and has completed his advanced diploma in accounting through the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). Tim moved into the role as Finance Manager in 2020 and also took on the the duties of Company Secretary.
Jane Abel – Business and Administration Officer
Jane joined the Trust in 2020 as Business and Administration Officer. She has a background in finance and administration, and has worked for a variety of organisations, including the NHS. Jane also has experience of working within the charity sector and within the retail sector. She is a fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. Office: Ledbury.
Julia Bracewell – Communications Manager
Julia joined the Trust in 2018 as Design and Communications Officer and then moved into the role of Communications Manager in 2019. She has a background in conservation education and in the production of publications. Julia’s past career has included working for Kent Wildlife Trust as Education Officer where she helped develop the education programme, before taking on the role of Publications Officer and producing a range of education and marketing materials. Julia has also worked for Christian Aid as a writer and editor and, more recently, she worked for a small environmental and development charity based on an organic dairy farm. Julia is a qualified graphic designer, has a degree in Botany, an MSc in Creative (non-fiction) Science Writing and is a qualified science and primary school teacher. Office: Ledbury.