Meet the Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for the overall governance of the Trust. The Board meets eight times a year, and many Trustees are also involved in other committees, advisory groups, liaising with staff and representing the Trust at events. There is a wide range of expertise on the Board

Roger Beck

Roger is a retired Head of a secondary school Biology Dept, a long-standing member of HWT, and been the Chair of HWT Ross branch since 1998. He first became a Trustee in 1997, and has served as Vice-Chair and then Chairman of the Trust from 2006 to 2012. He has also served as Chair of the Trust’s Conservation Advisory Group and the Accommodation Group, as well as been a member of the Finance Committee for 5 years. He helps the Trust by wardening two reserves on the Doward, delivering Trust newsletters to local addresses, and gives talks publicising the Trust’s work to various clubs and societies in Herefordshire and beyond. In 2003, together with Chris Harris, a former Board member, he co-authored the Trust’s Nature Reserves Guide, and assisted with the updated edition, published in 2012.

His particular interests are natural history (particularly ornithology), conservation, wildlife photography, and travel.

William (Will) Bullough (Vice Chair)

A lifelong naturalist Will has degrees in biology, ecology and agricultural biochemistry. For many years he ran an upland livestock farm on the Herefordshire border and in 1987 started the business Whitney Sawmills and Workshops. Since then he has built it into one of the few successful British businesses specialising in home grown hardwoods. With years of experience in woodland management he also developed and now teaches a unique course called “Woodland to Workshop” in association with the charity Woodland 

Marie Clarke 

Marie is an Educational Consultant. She was formerly a Secondary Head Teacher. She has wide-ranging experience of managing large, complex organisations with large budgets. Marie currently undertakes training and consultancy work.


Peter (Pete) Ford

Pete retired as a building society director in 2010. The early part of his career was spent as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse following which he entered the financial services sector with responsibilities ranging from financial control through to planning and corporate governance. He has trustee experience as a pension scheme trustee. Peter has also been a reserves volunteer for a number of years.

Peter Garner

Peter is a retired head teacher. For his first 25 years as a teacher he worked in Birmingham with young offenders, and then with excluded pupils. In 1993 he was appointed head teacher of a large Middle School in Redditch.

While still working he published a book on the Dragonflies of Herefordshire. After he retired in 2008 he concentrated on his role as Botanical Recorder for Herefordshire.

Peter was a Trustee with the Trust first in 1997, but resigned in 2005 to concentrate more fully on his last few years as a head teacher, but continued to stay in close contact with all that occurred at the Trust as he remained editor of Flycatcher.

Brian Hurrell (Chair)

Brian is a retired local government officer and a retired Chair of a London Housing Association He brings a wealth of experience in both working with local/national politicians, and the role responsibilities of a Trustee to the Board. He currently enjoys being a member of the Trust’s work party, and has a keen interest in habitat creation and maintenance.


Alison McLean 

Alison has spent her career in community and economic development, working for both public and voluntary organisations, mostly in Herefordshire and Shropshire. She is a former Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a former Board member of the Countryside Agency and Commission for Rural Communities and is currently a Governor at the Hereford College of Arts and a director of Hereford Yoga Community Interest Company. She has lived in Herefordshire for over 30 years. Alison was awarded an OBE for services to rural affairs in 2010.

Stuart McMaster

Stuart brings to the Board over 30 years experience at Director level in commercial business related to the construction industry. He has been resident in the county for over 25 years and has had the pleasure of raising his family of five children here. He has been the volunteer warden for Merrivale Wood in Ross on Wye for several years and is an enthusiastic amateur naturalist.

Elizabeth (Liz) Overstall

A director/cameraman with Anglia TV’s “Survival” series for 20 years, Liz’s prize-winning nature films have been distributed world-wide, helping to protect fragile environments in many countries. Liz is also the author of several wildlife books. She is currently director of a Herefordshire medical training company and active in her local community as a Community First Responder and Parish Councillor. She has a lifelong interest in natural history and a desire to contribute to the protection of Herefordshire’s countryside.

Nick Smith

Nick has worked in the forestry industry across England for over 40 years. Much of that time has been spent with the Forestry Commission in different supervisory roles of management. His current role for the last twenty or more years has been as a private woodland officer giving advice and help to private woodland owners across the West Midlands. This has help bring many types of woodland into positive management and for the benefits of the wider wildlife and environment.
His lifetime hobby has been with ornithology and in past years working with Herefordshire Ornithology Club, as chairman and helping to coordinating the publishing in 2014, the book called the Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012. Other interests include gardening and campanology. Nick was awarded a BEM for services to forestry, the environment and ornithology in 2016.

Mike Townsend

Mike has worked in land use and the environment for over 40 years. Much of this time has been related to the conservation of trees and woodland, but also includes wider experience in conservation and environmental policy at organisational and government levels. Mike is currently principal conservation advisor at the Woodland Trust, where he was previously the Chief Executive.

His recent experience is in the provision of high level advice and research for the development of conservation policy and practice, including in emerging ideas around ecological resilience, conservation management at landscape scale, post-Brexit land use and rewilding.

Matt Williams 

Matt is a nature writer, wildlife photographer and nature podcast presenter. He's a lifelong nature lover and environmentalist. He began birdwatching at the age of five and grew up in Malvern.
He has spent a decade working in the youth environmental sector, first as part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition (including a year as one of its Co-Directors), followed by four years as Associate Director of A Focus on Nature, the youth nature network. In the past he was Communications Manager of the Borneo Nature Foundation in Indonesia.
He is an environmental policy specialist, having worked on climate change and energy policy for the RSPB for five years. He now leads the National Trust's environmental policy work. He's also working with a range of international youth nature organisations planning a campaign ahead of the UN biodiversity conference in 2020.
You can find out more about Matt at and  @mattadamw.