DAVID ROBERTSON, CHAIRMAN
David was, until 31 March 2011, the Finance Director of Viridor Limited, one of the largest waste disposal businesses in the United Kingdom, having previously been Financial Controller of the Pennon Group Plc. He joined the Pennon Group in 1991 as Group Auditor. Prior to that he worked for KPMG, where he was Senior Manager of the Exeter office, having previously qualified in London.
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a graduate in Business Studies. He is also a non executive director of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.
Malcolm Bell became Head of Tourism at Visit Cornwall in January 2010. His previous appointment was as Chief Executive of South West Tourism, a post which he held for ten years from April 1999. Prior to this he was Director of Economic Development for Devon & Cornwall, where he progressed strategic activities on economic development, tourism, inward investment and rural and urban initiatives. Malcolm is a Cornishman, married with two daughters, and a keen dinghy sailor. He is a Fellow of the Tourism Society, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce and a Fellow of the Academy of Food and Wine Service. He is an expert advisor to the European Commission and a member of the EC's Tourism Sustainability Group and is leading a working group to establish a core set of indicators to measure sustainable tourism. He is the Chairman and a non executive director of South West Lakes Limited and other appointments include membership of the Forestry Commissions Regional Advisory Board and a Trustee of the Charity that oversees the Fifteen Cornwall Restaurant that helps disadvantaged youth to train to be chefs.
Peter worked in the water industry for over 30 years and is a chartered engineer and environmental manager running his own consultancy. Following an early career with Yorkshire Water building and operating facilities for the authority he joined South West Water in 1990. He became a Board Member in 1996, Director of Operations and Engineering and then Customer Services Director with responsibility for customer relations, income collection and commercial development before leaving the company in September 2002. He is a keen runner and a recreational sailor and has completed the London Marathon and many half marathons over the years. Peter is also a Trustee for Wheal Martyn.
Jacqui has extensive experience in the retail industry and also worked for the World Health Organisation in Geneva for 10 years. Now involved in voluntary work, including being Chairman of the Trustees of Wheal Martyn Museum, Chairman of South West Lakes Friends of the Trust and a non-executive director of the Trust's trading company, South West Lakes Limited. She worked tirelessly for the new centre at Stithians throughout the 1990s and saw her hard work and lobbying come to fruition, with the completion of the new Angling and Watersports Centre in 2004.
Roger joined English China Clays in 1964 after spending two years with the Ministry of Defence. He joined the research department as a chemist and spent eight years before moving into production, via three years in Australia as works chemist and latterly as production manager. He became Production Manager China Clay Devon and Cornwall. He retired in 2001 as a Director of IMERYS, based in St. Austell, having been responsible for all mineral production in Europe as well as technology, logistics, purchasing, personnel and services. Roger is a non-executive director of the Trust's trading company, South West Lakes Limited
Monica is Customer Relations and Business Development Director of South West Water Limited. She joined South West Water in 1992 and has been involved in many aspects of the change programme and service improvements the business has delivered since then. She is responsible for Communications, Customer Relations, Business Development, HR and Employee Development. Prior to South West Water, Monica worked for Touche Ross & Co, both in London and overseas. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a graduate in Environmental Science. Monica is enthusiastic about outdoor activities and sport, and enjoys these activities with her family. Monica joined the Board of Trustees in October 2002.
Laura Jones has had a distinguished career in forestry joining the Forestry Commission's Cornwall and North Devon Team in 1992. Since then she has held management positions in Forest Enterprise as Operations Manager for the Midland Forest District, Assistant Regional Operations Manager, as well as the Forestry Commission's regulatory and policy body as Regional Director South West (2000-2009) and national Policy and Programmes Manager. Latterly she was a member of the Forestry Commission England Executive Board and National Committee from February 2009 until leaving the Commission in September 2011 when she held the role of Director, Forest Services. Throughout this period Laura has maintained her home base in the South West. Laura also spent a period as the establishing Manager of the South West Forest Project, based in Cornwall and North Devon from 1996-2000 when her professional association with the South West Lakes Trust began. Laura is a member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.
John chairs the Devon County Agricultural Association, is a Director of Mole Avon Trading and Farming and Countryside Education charity (founder Chairman). He has chaired Bicton College Governers and local, regional and national Young Farmers organisations and been an EU advisor.
DINAH NICHOLS CB
Dinah is previously a non-executive director of Pennon Plc. She also served as a Commissioner of The Crown Estate and is Chair of the National Forest Company and was Director General (Environment) at DEFRA. She currently chairs the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
PETER BARTLETT MBE
Peter has lived and worked in the Westcountry for the greater part of his life, firstly farming in Cornwall and subsequently commercial fishing from Plymouth and Brixham. For 15 years he held the position of Chairman of the Royal Yachting Association for the South West region. This brought him into contact with a wide variety of people involved in water activities and the environment. As past Commodore of Brixham Yacht Club he promoted water sports for disabled people and emphasises that age should not be a barrier in taking up sailing. A founding Trustee, he became our first patron in 2008 and was awarded the MBE for services to sport in 2009.
LADY MARY HOLBOROW
Lady Mary brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, having had a long and highly successful association with the lakes. She was a non-executive director of South West Water from 1989 until 1995. Since then she had taken an interest in recreation and conservation aspects as Chairman of South West Water's Recreation and Conservation Consultative Forum. Lady Mary was Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall until 2012 and as such was involved with numerous other charities and organisations throughout the region. Lady Mary is also Patron of Wheal Martyn.
Keith worked in local government within the South West region for forty years and as a Chartered Town Planner has an in-depth knowledge of land-use planning and countryside issues. He was Assistant National Park Officer with Dartmoor National Park Authority and retired as Exmoor National Park Officer in 1999. The work Keith undertook with the National Parks was of particular relevance to his role as a Trustee of the South West Lakes Trust since it was particularly concerned with the landscape, wildlife and cultural issues in the face of ever-increasing development, inclusive of recreational and tourism pressures. He maintains a strong interest in protected areas at regional, national and international levels.