Our trustees bring wide-ranging skills and experience to help steer the direction of the charity and support financial growth.
Mike Mintram - Chair
Mike has been our Chair since July 2016, bringing valuable experience in the areas of marketing strategy and customer service. Mike has enjoyed visiting Westonbirt since his children were young and he is keen to support the charity’s work to secure the ongoing development of the Arboretum.
Beth is proud to have been a professional fundraiser for 20 years, working for a small number of charities close to her heart including the Natural History Museum and the National Trust. She is currently Director of Fundraising at a national charity based in Gloucestershire. Beth has a Biology degree and spends as much time as possible outdoors with her young family and old Labrador. She looks forward to using her fundraising expertise to help secure and develop Westonbirt’s future.
Following her degree in Plant Sciences and a career in IT, Christine was looking for a Trustee role which combined her knowledge of Charity governance with conservation. She looks forward to protecting Westonbirt for future generations to enjoy, believing we need to continue to preserve and enhance this incredible tree collection. Christine intends to use her many years’ experience in project management, professional IT skills and previous trustee roles to promote FOWA’s objectives & success.
Gavin worked in PR for 35 years and was Chief Executive of the RSPCA. He is a Town Councillor and chairs a small charity supporting people with physical and psychological needs. He believes the natural world is of great importance and he has extensive charity sector experience.
Martin spent his career as a senior manager in operations, firstly for Asda and Nestle and later as a consultant working in the UK, Europe and China. Martin has been a guide at Westonbirt since 2008 and was the volunteer coordinator for 5 years from 2012. As a trustee, Martin's ambition is to ensure that all visitors leave the arboretum better informed and with some of the passion for Westonbirt and its trees that Martin has enjoyed for over 30 years.
Mike has worked in further education for 33 years, mainly on academic and corporate development and was an HM Inspector for six years. Mike became an Information Volunteer and Volunteer Guide at Westonbirt. He is passionate about the wonderful landscape and is keen for more people to share a deeper appreciation of trees.
Martyn Smith - Finance Trustee
Martyn recently joined the Board as our Finance Trustee. With a degree in Natural Sciences, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a career in finance within the private sector working with both public and private businesses, Martyn now runs his own consultancy business. Martyn has several years’ governance experience and brings a strong strategic approach to our financial management. He has enjoyed visiting Westonbirt for over 35 years.
Rachel has worked in HR for over 15 years for a variety of organisations, including 6 years as HR manager for the Tower of London with the charity Historic Royal Palaces. Rachel can use her experience of working as an HR leader within a visitor attraction and charity to help develop and support the Friends' people strategy. Since relocating from London to Wiltshire in 2018 she has enjoyed exploring Westonbirt with her family.
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