Our Trustees

Alice Liddle (Chair)

Alice was born in what is now Tanzania and spent her early childhood years growing up there, accompanying her geologist father on working safaris and marvelling at the wildlife.  The family returned to the UK when Alice was aged 8 to live for a short time in Northumberland where her grandmother, a keen naturalist, helped to instil Alice’s lasting passion for the natural world.

Alice trained as a solicitor in London after a law degree at the University of Oxford and worked full time for over 40 years as a solicitor in the commercial property sector, specialising in green spaces, development, investment properties – and the London transport system. Alice headed departments in two firms and undertook a training and coaching role for colleagues and clients, including a shared responsibility for the content and delivery of a national training programme for over 200 lawyers and the delivery of seminars for clients’ in-house counsel. Alice was also one of the six founder members of Women in the Built Environment, a not-for-profit membership organisation to enhance and promote the profile of women in the property world.

Alice has lived and worked in Norwich for 25 years. She joined the Norfolk Wildlife Trust as a member as a treat for herself when she first arrived in Norfolk, and is so proud of what the Trust does for our wonderful county. Alice says it is a privilege to be the Chair of Trustees of Norfolk Wildlife Trust with the stimulating challenges this brings and is a member of the Hickling working group and of the Trust’s finance, audit and risk sub-committee.  

“Retirement will release time for me to use my skills in more voluntary work for Norfolk Wildlife Trust and a couple of other charitable organisations as well as to enjoy Norfolk even more and indulge my interests in birding, walking, reading, music, art and travel.”

Steve Cale

Steve is a professional wildlife artist, naturalist and wildlife tour leader, having been a birder both in the UK and abroad for more than 45 years. His early work life saw him train as an engineer but after qualifying, spent almost 20 years working in Financial Services, during which time he moved to live in Norfolk.  He has lived in the county and been an NWT member since 1990 and involved in conservation with various organisations most of that time. Many NWT members will be familiar with his artwork.

In 1998 he was founding member and is currently Vice Chairman of Ryburgh Wildlife group and is head of the management team on their small nature reserve in the Wensum Valley, which he designed and helped create. He has been involved with a number of  conservation projects and is a keen wildlife gardener and photographer.

"I hope that as a Trustee for NWT I can help make a difference to conservation within the county."

Andrew Clarke

Andy is an ecologist whose career was spent in polar regions.  He first visited Norfolk in 1963, has been a member of NWT since 1977 and now lives here.  He has managed large international scientific projects in Antarctica and has experience of conservation issues, both locally and globally, through chairing the Cambridge Conservation Forum.  He is currently Chair of the North Norfolk Local Members Group and continues natural history recording locally.

“I hope to bring my experience of ecological research and environmental monitoring to help the conservation of Norfolk’s’ wildlife for the long term in the face of rapidly increasing environmental change.”

Greg Beeton

Greg combines a passion for wildlife conservation with Business and Charity Governance. Group Director for a major UK Charity and Chair of 4 commercial subsidiary companies. Leads NWT’s Nominations Group that was responsible for new CEO appointment. Actively forging linkages with landowners in Norfolk to further NWT living landscapes strategy delivery. Passionate about NWT Holme Dunes, BTO science, a RSPB raptor monitor, prize winning wildlife photographer providing images for NWT and NOA promotional materials.

 

Professor Ben Garrod

Ben is Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia. He is also an author and an award-winning BBC science broadcaster, presenting many of his own series and alongside Sir David Attenborough. He has worked all over the world, mainly with great ape conservation, and studied how species evolve on islands for his doctorate. Ben grew up on the east Norfolk coastline and is a passionate zoologist. He works with other numerous charities and before joining the board of trustees, was an Ambassador for NWT. Having lived and worked across the planet, he still loves nothing better than to explore parts of wild Norfolk with his dog, Jack.
 

Scott Pinching

Scott has lived in Norfolk all his life, currently living in Norwich with his wife and four children. For 24 years Scott has been the Finance Director of a local financial services business, previously qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young. He is a Trustee of two Charities, and feels that this experience, along with his financial background makes him a useful addition to the Council.

“I feel lucky to live in Norfolk with its diverse natural habitats and wildlife and wish to encourage more people to enjoy them and to help preserve them for future generations.”

Jeff Price (Vice-Chair)

Currently a Senior Researcher at UEA, Jeff has had a long career working with agencies and conservation organisations.  For example, Director of the U.S. Important Bird Areas Program, Senior Scientist for Climate Change Adaptation for World Wildlife Fund, a University instructor and a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sue Roe

Sue began her working life as a journalist but early on moved into horticulture, designing gardens, running a plant nursery, writing and broadcasting.  She then moved into conservation, working for a Local Authority, setting up and delivering community environmental projects including establishing new woodland, managing churchyards, commons and other green spaces for biodiversity. During these years Sue learned a great deal about community development and land management for conservation.

Sue established the Tree Warden scheme in Cambridgeshire and eventually became a Trustee and Chair of the Tree Council, a voluntary role held for 9 years. Sue joined the Woodland Trust in 1996 to lead a £20m community woodland project, raising  £12m funding needed to match an £8m Millennium Commission  grant and delivered the project on time. Sue was awarded an OBE for this work.

She worked for the Woodland Trust for 20 years and during this time Sue managed significant practical projects and established a strong network of support for the Trust’s work including driving forward working with other landowners. Sue helped develop the Major Donor Fundraising function, building a team that achieves significant financial support at the highest level for the Trust’s work. She also delivered a busy events programme for high net worth individuals. Sue initiated and led an Ambassador Scheme, which provides many kinds of support for all aspects of the Woodland Trust’s work. She was appointed an Ambassador when she retired in 2015.

Sue’s interests in retirement continue to be conservation, particularly in Norfolk through her appointment as a Trustee of NWT. She co-edits and produces a magazine for the Norfolk Gardens Trust and is an Assistant County Co-ordinator for the National Gardens Scheme in Norfolk. She is a member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and is a keen amateur botanist. Sue has stepped down from the Norwich Society’s Civic Environment Committee but remains a member. Sue leads a group of volunteer gardeners working in Norwich City Centre. 

John Sharpe

John was born in Whittlesey in the Cambridgeshire Fens, but has lived in Norfolk for the last 26 years and been a member of NWT all that time. He has spent 30 years as a professional conservationist, the last 25 for the RSPB, latterly as Conservation Manager in the Eastern England until retirement in 2017.  John has led teams giving conservation advice to farmers and successfully influencing decision makers in National and Local Government to protect and enhance wildlife. As a member of the Broads Authority for eight years, John sat on Environment Agency Flood Defence Committees for over 17 years to ensure that the role of the natural environment was taken into account in their operations. Consequently he combines knowledge of the nitty-gritty of conservation as well as a strategic overview, and understand the importance of effective communication.

“As a keen all round naturalist, Norfolk's wildlife has a special place in my heart and I want to use my skills to support NWT to make a difference.”

Heather Tyrrell

Heather is a wildlife and countryside enthusiast living in South Norfolk. She had a notable career in education in Northants and Norfolk as a teacher, trainer, senior adviser and school inspector.  For eight years she was a trustee at Norwich Charitable Trust, chairing the Education Grants Committee for Thomas Anguishes Educational Trust. She volunteers with various wildlife organisations in Norfolk and understands the importance and value of giving children first hand encounters with nature.

Lyndsay Whiteman

Lyndsay_WhitemanLyndsay grew up in Guernsey and settled in Norwich following her studies at UEA and subsequent accounting qualification. Day to day Lyndsay manages the finances of a business in the aerospace industry. Lyndsay joined Norfolk Wildlife Trust as Treasurer in 2019, and also leads the Trust's Finance, Audit & Risk sub-committee.

"It is a privilege to be Treasurer of Norfolk Wildlife Trust, I hope to combine my experience in finance and interest in the environment to help support the conservation of Norfolk's wildlife."