Our governing body is the Board of Trustees, who have full decision-making authority on behalf of the charity's members. All Board members are volunteers.

The Board of Trustees is elected by the membership at the charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Board members are elected for a period of four years and serve as trustees of the charity and as directors under the Companies Act. Mid-year vacancies are filled by co-option. Co-opted members stand for election at the following AGM.

Board members are given induction and offered training which is appropriate to them given their personal qualifications and experience and the particular role that they play within the charity.

At all meetings of the Board and committees, if any of those present have a possible conflict of interest it is declared and, if necessary, that person is excluded from discussion on the relevant matter.

The Board meets quarterly (but also conducts its business by email or additional meetings when necessary).

Current Board of Trustees:

  • Pamela Abbott

Pamela has been Chief Executive of Norfolk Wildlife Trust since June 2018.  Prior to that she was the Director of Programmes at UNEP-WCMC.  From 2009 to 2013, she was the Chair of Cambridge Conservation Forum and in 2013 co-founded the CCF Women in Leadership Network. She has wide experience of leading practical conservation projects and is a trained and experienced facilitator. Whilst Head Gardener at New Hall (Murray Edwards College) in the late 1980s, Pamela introduced gardening for wildlife and from 1999-2015 held a variety of posts with Natural England and its predecessors.

  • Michael Allen OBE

Michael worked in adult and continuing education, in University teaching and administration, latterly as Director of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, Bursar and Director of Studies in English at Churchill College. On retirement he became involved in regional matters with East of England Environment Forum, East of England Regional Assembly (1999 to 2010). He served on the National Trust’s Regional Committee, the Regional Advisory Committee for the Forestry Commission and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s East of England Committee. He retired in 2008 as Chairman of the Council of the BCN Wildlife Trust. He was Chairman of The Wildlife Trusts (UK) from 2005-2011. He chaired the working parties which produced the East of England Sustainable Development Framework (2001) and the East of England’s Environment Strategy (2003).

  • Rosalind Aveling (Chair)

Ros is an ecologist working in the not-for-profit sector, currently as Deputy Chief Executive of Fauna & Flora International, where she leads their collaborations with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and United for Wildlife as well as focusing on fundraising and communications. Ros has served on the British Government's "Darwin Initiative" and a variety of corporate governance mechanisms, developing conservation partnerships with government, business, academic institutions and local groups around the world.

  • Chris Blencowe

Chris is an Emeritus Fellow of Pembroke College. Prior to coming to Cambridge in 2005, he spent a full career in the Royal Air Force. He was the Bursar of Pembroke College until his retirement in 2013. During this time he gained a strong interest in Cambridge Planning issues and chaired the Cambridge Colleges Environment and Planning Committee. Chris was chair of our Planning Committee from 2016-2018.

  • Paul Chapman (Honorary Treasurer)

Paul has been a Partner of PEM, the largest independent accountants firm in Cambridge, since 1989 and was Managing Partner from 2002 - 2015. He has particular expertise in the “not for profit” sector and Cambridge Colleges and has worked closely with many conservation charities based in the Cambridge area. Born in Cambridge, he raised his family here and after working on Station Road for nearly 40 years, he is very conscious of the recent pace of change and is passionate about keeping Cambridge special.

  • David Coomes

David is an ecologist working at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Forest Ecology and Conservation group.  His research focuses on the development of new remote sensing tools for monitoring woodland change and using those tools to understand the processes driving change.  Before coming to Cambridge he worked for a research organisation in New Zealand, advising the government there on how to manage invasive deer and developing a national system to measure forest carbon as part of the country's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  He spends his weekend enjoying the wildlife on his doorstep provided by Coton Reserve, accompanied by a very enthusiastic dog and somewhat enthusiastic son.

  • Phil Hadridge (co-opted)

Phil Hadridge has lived in Cambridge for 30 years.  After an initial career in the NHS and Department of Health he runs idenk.com supporting organisations from Cambridge to Australia to do their best work.  Phil has a broad perspective, from what it takes for large commercial businesses to be well led through to improving the governance of small charities.  Current clients include groups in conservation, fashion, education, hospitality and health.  Phil enjoys cycling and running around the city, as well as occasionally performing with his band in a local pub.

  • Amanda Morris-Drake (co-opted)

Amanda is the Head Teacher of the Pilgrim Pupil Referral Unit which provides education and support for children and young people with mental and physical health difficulties during their hospital admission. Prior to this she was the Teacher in Charge at the Darwin Centre, one of the hospital schools; throughout her teaching career she has worked with vulnerable children and has been a parent governor for the Parkside Federation schools. Amanda is passionate about providing education for all and firmly believes in learning outside the classroom; she is interested in promoting the benefits of outside education, wildlife and conservation, understanding the importance of this in contributing to a person’s wellbeing as well as the wider community.