Our Trustees

Alice Liddle (Chair)

Alice cannot remember a time in her life when she hasn't been passionate about the natural world, whether in her early years in Tanzania, being taught how to identify wildflowers by her grandmother in Northumberland or exploring the wildlife and habitats of Norfolk.

Alice has lived in Norfolk since 1993. She retired as a solicitor in 2019. During her career, Alice headed two departments and had shared responsibility for delivering training and coaching to over 200 colleagues and clients.

Alice has been a Trustee of NWT since 2016 and Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2019. She is also a member of the Trust's Finance, Audit and Risk Group and its Remunerations Group, and regularly attends the Governance Review Group meetings, contributing to the ongoing improvement of the governance of the Trust. Retirement has released more time for Alice to continue to contribute her management, financial and governance skills for NWT's benefit.

"It is a privilege to be a trustee and Chair of Norfolk Wildlife Trust with the ability to contribute to the Trust's mission to secure nature's recovery in Norfolk."

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.

Lyndsay Whiteman (Treasurer)

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."

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.”

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.
 

Glenn Houchell

It was while studying environmental change and sustainability with the Open University that Glenn fully appreciated the complexities of the issues in
protecting the natural world.He joined NWT several years prior to moving to
Norfolk in retirement.

Glenn spent 35 years working in the investment management industry,
specialising in corporate governance and risk management. He also served nine years as an independent director of a social housing provider, where he chaired
the finance and audit committee.

He hopes to apply his knowledge and experience to help NWT navigate the challenges we face in protecting wildlife habitats.

Jennie ffrench-Constant

Jennie is a retired doctor who trained in Oxford, London and Boston before
becoming a Consultant Haematologist at the NNUH Hospital (1994-2016).
Here she was responsible for many new innovations including bone marrow
transplants and walk-in thrombosis clinics.

Jennie has lived in Norfolk with her husband for over 30 years. They have two
adult children and one grandchild. She is a life long wildlife enthusiast, having
been brought up on a small holding in the Cotswolds. She loves the Norfolk life,
being an enthusiastic birder and walker and a longterm member of the NWT,
Hawk and Owl Trust and RSPB.

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.”

Rob Lucking

Rob has worked in nature conservation for more than 25 years, initially for BirdLife International and RSPB, and later to pursue a freelance career in ecology and horticulture. His conservation interests are in land management and species recovery but he also has expertise in project management and commercial development. Rob lives with his family near Fakenham and is a keen birder and general natural historian. He can often be found on one of NWT's many fantastic reserves. He is the chairman of the Island Conservation Society (UK), owners of Aride Island, a globally important seabird island in the Seychelles.

Sam Collin

Throughout Sam's studies of ecology, nature conservation has been at the heart of
his concern. The perspective he hopes to bring to the Council is that of a university
student in the field of conservation at the start of his career, where he wishes to become a practising ecologist.

Since March 2019, Sam has been an observing trustee of NWT and a volunteer, involved with practical habitat management, species and habitat monitoring. He has developed a great appreciation for the work of Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

He hopes to further his contribution and have a positive contribution to nature conservation within Norfolk.

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.”

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."

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.