Our Trustees and Patrons

Our Trustees and Patrons

Our Board of Trustees meet six times per year, monitoring the overall performance of the charity and making sure that we continue to pursue our charitable aims. All our Trustees volunteer their time, experience and enthusiasm to support the Chief Executive and the team in achieving our strategic goals.

David Robertson, Chairman

David was, until 31 March 2011, the Finance Director of Viridor, 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. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a graduate in Business Studies. He was also a non executive director of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust from 2010 to 2017.

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Malcolm Bell

Malcolm became Chief Executive at Visit Cornwall in January 2010. His previous appointment was as Chief Executive of South West Tourism. Prior to this he was Director of Economic Development for Devon & Cornwall. He is the Chairman and a non executive director of South West Lakes Limited and other appointments include membership of the Forestry Commission’s Regional Advisory Board and a Trustee of the Charity that oversees the Fifteen Cornwall Restaurant that helps disadvantaged youths to train to be chefs.

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Monica Read

Monica was, until recently, Business Services & Sustainability Director of South West Water Limited. She joined South West Water in 1992 and was responsible for Business Development, HR and Employee Development. Prior to South West Water, Monica worked for Touche Ross & Co. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a graduate in Environmental Science. Monica is a non-executive director of the Trust’s trading company, South West Lakes Limited.

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John Lee OBE

John chairs the boards of the Devon County Agricultural Association, Westpoint Centre Devon Ltd, Mole Avon Trading Ltd and the Rural Youth Trust. He is President of Devon Communities Together and Mid Devon Show and Patron of Devon and Cornwall Police Cadets and Local Heroes. He is a member of Exeter Cathedral Council and regularly chairs the Independent Agricultural Appeals Panel on behalf of the Minister. He is a past High Sheriff of Devon, Chair of Governors of Bicton College, Chairman of Farming & Countryside Education and an EU CAP advisor. John currently serves as our Vice-Chairman.

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Dinah Nichols CB

DINAH NICHOLS, CB – is a Governor of Plymouth University and a Trustee of the Land Trust. She was previously a non-executive director of Pennon Plc, a Commissioner of The Crown Estate, Chair of the National Forest Company and Director General (Environment) at DEFRA. She recently stepped down as Chair of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

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Roger Preston

Roger joined English China Clays in 1964 after spending two years with the Ministry of Defence. He joined the research department as a chemist where he spent eight years before moving into production. He became Production Manager China Clay Devon and Cornwall and 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 South West Lakes Limited.

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Ed Mitchell

Ed was appointed in 2017 as Director of Environment for Pennon. Prior to this he was Executive Director at the Environment Agency, responsible for their approach to water quality, water resources, industry regulation, land management, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.

Ed is a Non-Executive Director of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, a not-for-profit company he helped set up which provides water, sanitation and hygiene services to people living in slums in the developing world.  He is also Deputy Chair of South West Water and Bournemouth Water’s Customer Challenge Group, the WaterFuture Customer Panel and Chair of South West Water’s Conservation and Recreation Forum. He chairs the Canal and River Trust Environmental Advisory Group and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Vale Academy Trust, a group of primary and secondary schools in Oxfordshire.

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Ashley Shopland

Ashley is an independent, non-executive director of South West Lakes Limited. He is the General Manager of the UK Platform within Imerys Minerals Ltd. the china clay company based in St Austell. Originally from Launceston, his career started with English China Clays (ECC) where he gained his professional qualification in accountancy. Through various roles, he has travelled abroad extensively with the company and now has responsibility for a business supplying UK products globally. He has also served on the SW Council of the CBI for many years, as well as previously being a Governor of various schools in the St Austell area.

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Stuart McCullough

Stuart is an independent, non-executive director of South West Lakes Limited.

A life-long fly fisherman and keen sailor, Stuart spent most of his career in international leadership roles with automotive manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Toyota before moving to the South West.

As Managing Director of the European Lexus business and then Member of the Board for Sales & Marketing at Bentley, he has considerable experience of building businesses through brand reputation and developing quality products and services. He has a particular interest in building a customer service culture within organisations and has frequently been asked to speak on the subject at home and overseas.

He has been a Vice President of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders representing the industry in negotiations with the UK government and the EU.

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Patrons

Keith Bungay

Cairns Boston

Peter Briens