Professor Stephen Owen, Chair of Trustees
Stephen Owen was Professor of Local Planning in the Countryside & Community Research Institute at the University of Gloucestershire. He is a chartered town planner with over 35 years experience of practising, researching and teaching settlement planning and community development in rural areas.
Stephen has worked as a planner in local government and has experience of the voluntary/ community sector. He was Chairman of Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, Chairman of the Rural Development Commission for Gloucestershire, Chairman of the Built Environment Group of Gloucestershire's Vision 21, Chair of the Social Enterprise committee of the Gloucestershire Development Agency and a member of the Structure Plan Review Panel.
He is the author of textbooks and articles on planning for sustainable development in rural areas.
David Ball, Trustee
David Ball is an architect and town planner with over 40 years' experience of development planning, building and landscape design issues. David brings to the trust his ability to question building and design-related proposals, to test their feasibility and reality and particularly to help improve design quality.
Paul Griffiths, Trustee
Paul Griffiths is currently Facilities Manager at Spirax Sarco in Cheltenham and has over 25 years' experience in leading Facilities and Property Management within Manufacturing, Finance, Central Government and Retail Sectors. He has managed large national property portfolios and delivered major capital projects and change programs as well as operational support services. Paul also has a strong Health & Safety and Environmental background having directed strategic compliance of these areas in a number of roles.
Alistair Wood, Trustee
Originally from Manchester, Alistair has lived in Gloucestershire since 1999. He has spent all his working life in public sector finance in a variety of roles as a management accountant. He is married with two sons and as a family they are active in their local Baptist Church. Alistair runs a table tennis team in the Gloucester league.
Barry King, Trustee
Barry King is the current Gloucestershire County Council representative for the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust. Barry's career spans 40 years. His early background was in civil engineering, including the design and construction of new roads and bridges. It later included responsibilities for the maintenance of the highway network.
Diana Organ, Trustee
Diana Organ was elected to Parliament for the Forest of Dean in 1992 and served two terms, standing down in 2005. As a Member of Parliament, she was a member of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee for four years, a member of the Department of Agriculture Select Committee for two years and a member of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee for two years. She was Chair of three All Party Parliamentary Groups: Rural Issues, Farming and Broadcasting. She was also Chair of the backbench Committee for Culture, Media and Sport and Vice Chair of the Committee for Agriculture.
Anna Jones, Trustee
Anna is a Chartered Landscape Architect and retired from Gloucestershire County Council in 2006. She held the post of County Landscape Architect which included having overall responsibility for environmental issues. Anna maintains a personal interest in the environment and has been President of Gloucestershire Naturalists Society since 2003. She is Vice Chair of the Gloucestershire Gardens and Landscape Trust and Honorary Secretary of the Gloucestershire Division of the Royal Forestry Society. She is also a Life Member of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and an RSPB Committee Member.
Steve Rogers, Trustee
Steve Rogers is Senior Development Manager for Cory Environmental where his principal responsibilities include the identification of new growth opportunities and the delivery of complex infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Cory in 2006, Steve was Finance Director of the renewable energy division of the FTSE 100 company United Utilities plc. From its inception in 1994, the company developed, financed and operated over 50 renewable energy projects throughout the UK.
Elin Tattersall has lived in Gloucestershire since 1990 and has a strong involvement in and knowledge of the community and voluntary sector as Assistant Chief Executive of Gloucesteshire Rural Community Council (GRCC). She is also a voluntary sector mentor and assessor. Elin is particularly interested in projects that contribute to a sense of place and growth in community spirit.
Andrew Bluett, Trustee
Andrew Bluett is a self-employed Chartered Surveyor and has spent the last 30 years working in the licensed retail sector (Pubs and Bars). Outside the world of work, Andrew has been a life-long ornithologist and amateur naturalist, and is the Honorary Membership Secretary of the Gloucestershire Naturalists' Society. He is particularly interested in the recording, reporting and conservation of species, especially where that involves the interaction between wildlife and human interests and has been very active in recent years researching the history, and in surveying and monitoring the bird life of Gloucestershire.
Maggie Powell, Trustee
Maggie Powell moved to Gloucestershire from London in 1982. Now retired, her working life included the criminal justice sector, children and young people's services and adult social care. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Cheltenham's various Festivals and of Gloucester Rugby Club. She is very aware of the impact the physical environment on people's behaviour and physical and mental health, and is particularly interested in projects that enhance emotional wellbeing by giving access to social, cultural and creative opportunities, as well as access to the natural world.
Helen Martinelli, Company Secretary
Helen Martinelli is a solicitor in the Commercial Team at BPE Solicitors LLP, Cheltenham. She has experience in advising organisations in the charitable sector on various issues, ranging from business structure and trading arrangements through to regulatory matters. In addition to charities work, Helen also advises businesses on their commercial contracts and agreements, including making them aware of any potential risks and recommending to them ways of limiting or avoiding that risk.
John McLaughlin, Trust Manager
John McLaughlin retired from Gloucestershire County Council in 2009 as Economic Regeneration Manager seconded to Gloucestershire First. He led on a range of externally funded community regeneration schemes. The majority of these schemes involved complex and very broad partnerships between community, public and private sector stakeholders. More than 200 community based projects were funded through a range of funding streams. Where possible, John sought the collaboration of The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust to achieve added value to projects whilst meeting the needs of all partner stakeholders.
Jane Evans, Trust Secretary
Jane Evans has been Trust Secretary at The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust since 2002. Previously a Plans Officer with Gloucester Land Registry, Jane has a keen interest in conservation and rural issues. She feels that there is much to offer Gloucestershire communities through her role and takes pride in the wide range of benefits that have been achieved through LCF Funding. Jane takes great pleasure in "Showing" her pedigree dogs and is a keen writer.