Patron: The Earl of Selborne KBE FRS
Lord Selborne is a hereditary member of the House of Lords and a member and past chairman of its Select Committee on Science and Technology. He chairs the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is also Chairman of Blackmoor Estate Ltd, a farming company with interests in fruit growing and packing, nursery produce and dairy farming. He has previously served as Chancellor of the University of Southampton, President of the Royal Geographical Society, Chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Chairman of the Agricultural and Food Research Council.
Pond Conservation is guided by the board of trustees
Martin Layer, Chair of trustees Martin is a Chartered Geologist with long experience in quarry planning and development. He has worked in the industry for multinationals and regional companies as well as many years as a consultant. He is currently responsible for planning and estates for Oxfordshire quarry company Smiths Bletchington and is active in the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and the British Aggregates Association (BAA) on a range of technical committees. He is an advocate of the benefits that mineral extraction can deliver for geological conservation and for biodiversity and is on the advisory group to the Nature after Minerals partnership between Natural England and RSPB. He has championed ponds through the MPA and BAA and worked closely with Pond Conservation's Million Ponds Project to apply best practice advice for pond creation on mineral sites.
Roger has been the Chief Executive of CCW for the last 7 years. A biologist by training, he has spent his career in the water industry and environmental management. Before coming to CCW, he was Director of Environment Agency Wales. The main focus of his time at CCW has been on mitigating for, and adapting to, climate change. Roger is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the EEAC (the European network of environment and sustainable development advisory councils), a founder member of ENCA (the European network of heads of conservation agencies), chair of the Coed Cymru Partnership and a trustee of Tir Coed (both woodland charities operating in Wales) and a Board member of Cynnal Cymru (the Welsh sustainable development promotion body).
Professor Lorraine Maltby Lorraine is Professor of Environmental Biology at The University of Sheffield and her research interests are in the areas of freshwater ecology and ecotoxicology. She has served on the European and global governing bodies of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and on two UK government advisory committees (Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances, Advisory Committee on Pesticides). Lorraine is currently a member of the European Food Safety Authority expert group on ecotoxicology and a Council member of the Freshwater Biological Association.
Juliette Jowit Juliette is an environment journalist for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. She previously worked for The Financial Times, where she won two awards for business journalism, and has written for other publications including The New Statesman, the Kew Gardens magazine and Parliamentary Monitor. Although she writes widely about policy, science and other issues, she has particular interest in and wonder at the natural world, and loves being outdoors.
Baroness Jennifer Hilton
Jenny has had a lifelong interest in nature, especially pond life, since being introduced to newts by her grandfather. Time in Greece as a child cemented this interest with the opportunity to capture tortoises and observe lizards and praying mantises. Now has a garden with two ponds and a further pond on the allotment.
After a long career in the police service Jenny has, in the House of Lords, served as chair of the Environment Committee for 3 years at a time when it was examining EU directives on water-quality. Jenny is currently a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. Her main hobbies are painting and travel and she has been a regular monitor of elections in countries of the former Russian Empire.
Her degrees are in Psychology and she also has Diplomas in Criminology and History of Art.
Paul Jackson, Honorary Treasurer Paul, CEO of The Hospital Saturday Fund is a graduate of Kingston University with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics, and an MSc in Charity Finance from South Bank University.
Paul joined HSF Health Plan as Finance Director in August 1999. Prior to that Paul worked for the Institute of Rpad Transport Engineers in the role of Finance Executive, Ford Motor Company and Capita Financial Group in Sydney, Australia.
Paul is a keen scuba diver and a member of The Shark Trust, Chairman of The Manta Trust, Chairman of The Charteres Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering's Registration Authority, Exam Marker for the ICAEW's Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA) and is now the Honorary Treasurer for Pond Conservation!
Paul lives in Surrey and is married with one daughter.
Dr Geoff Phillips
Geoff is a research scientist at the Environment Agency and has had a life long interest in aquatic ecology. His main research interest is the impact of nutrients on aquatic systems, particularly lakes and ponds. For the last few years he has been very involved in the development of assessment systems for the EU Water Framework Directive and has been responsible for the comparisons of many of these across Europe. Geoff holds an honorary research fellowship at the University of East Anglia and has worked closely with a range of conservation organisations on the restoration of lakes. He has a particular interest in the Norfolk Broads and has been lucky enough to be able to study these lakes for over 30 years. In his spare time he can often be found messing about in boats, large and small, or introducing children to the delights of pond dipping.