Alan Willis is the President of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Denis is a trustee of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust with a responsibility for Safeguarding and is the chairperson for a new Sustainability committee.
Denise is specialised in dairying and has worked at the MMB Veterinary Research Unit. For 45 years she has lived on a dairy and arable farm in North Wiltshire. She has held voluntary positions with many organisations in the county, including on an environmental committee with the NFU. Denise works at a farm visitor centre, especially connecting school children and the public with farming and the countryside. She has been involved with all the Wiltshire AONBs and she is a member of the MDNIP. Denise also sat on a WWT steering group formulating the original "BAP ".
Denise loves all aspects of the countryside, flora and fauna, walking and taking photos of anything from a tiny insect to a large tree.
James has been a Trustee since 2014 and is also a member of Finance Committee and the Property Working Group.
James has been working in Fundraising management for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at its Slimbridge headquarters since 2014. Prior to this role, he enjoyed a varied career of more than 20 years in Financial Services, holding a number of senior positions with major international financial institutions. He also ran his own property business. James read Geography and Biological Anthropology at Cambridge University.
For many years an active volunteer in conservation, since starting a new career in the sector, James has been living in the Cotswolds AONB. For its great fauna and flora biodiversity James counts Lower Moor Farm as his favourite reserve and one day hopes to spot one of the site's otters on one of his visits there.
Mark is a Land Agent with a strong agricultural background having spent the first 20 years of his life living, and mucking in, on a 300 acre tenanted family farm near Tisbury, south Wiltshire. Early in his career Mark worked in Livestock Markets in Shaftesbury and Salisbury and has also been involved in the management of some significant rural estates in Wiltshire and Northamptonshire.
He is Currently the Head of Estates for the 254,000 Ha Public Forest Estate in England which the Forestry Commission manages on behalf of the Government, having been with them for over 20 years managing diverse property portfolios from Cumbria though Community Woodlands in Greater Manchester and Merseyside to a more recent period in the New Forest and Dorset.
In his home life, Mark has been the Director of a Community Land Trust and Community Interest Company in Wilton and continues to be inspired by the work of wildlife champions across Wiltshire. His family home is in Westbury.
Trustee and Chair of the Conservation Committee
Maurice AventTrustee and Chair of the Conservation Committee
He was born in 1943 and spent his formative years on a Cotswold farm before attending grammar school in Wimbledon, completing a Civil Engineering degree at Manchester University and gaining an MICE with Balfour Beatty. A wide ranging career followed, culminating in setting up his own construction company specialising in installing high pressure pipelines in 1989. The business operated throughout the UK with additional major projects in Africa.
His early days in the countryside stimulated a love of all wildlife and a fascination for birds and later butterflies and moths engendered a desire to protect the environment. Maurice was a Trustee for ten years and national Chairman for three years of the Butterfly Conservation Society before joining the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Council.
He is honoured to have been able to invest in West Yatton Down, a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Wiltshire Cotswolds and has enjoyed very many happy hours photographing, scrub clearing, transecting, farming and simply relaxing in such a beautiful place.
Born and brought up in Newcastle, Mike moved to Wiltshire in 1978. He became a member of the Trust in the late 80s through his involvement with Malmesbury Local Supporter Group which he subsequently chaired. Joining the Trust enabled Mike to develop his keen interest in wildlife and the environment alongside a career working for Zurich Insurance. After retiring in 2012 Mike was elected as a Trustee and became Chairman in 2013.
Finance Committee Member and Treasurer
Finance Committee Member and TreasurerPenny is a senior civil servant in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory based at Porton Down. She brings financial, managerial and safety expertise along with years of experience as a church treasurer and trustee of the Institute of Physics. She is a visiting professor at the University of Southampton.
Penny has had a lifelong interest in wildlife, first inspired by childhood holidays on the Suffolk Coast. She has been a member of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust since shortly after moving to the county in 2003 with her young family. With her scientific and data background she enjoys recording her sightings of birds, flowers and butterflies on the many apps now available.
Richard Aubrey-Fletcher is a Trustee of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Ro Collingborn is a partner in a north Wiltshire dairy farm, with a pedigree herd of 100 Friesians grazing for much of the year. The farm is managed ecologically, is in the Countryside Stewardship Scheme and a catchment sensitive area. 1,400 trees were planted some time ago to create a wildlife corridor through the farm and every field is bounded by hedges and ponds extant, providing habitat for a large and varied bird population.
Ro has also served on various national committees. She was Dairy Chairman of the Women’s Farming Union, the Farmer Member on the Veterinary Products Committee, a National Trustee for the RSPCA and Council Member of the Milk Development Council.
She has a lifelong interest in conservation and was keen to engage actively with WWT, having a particular interest in the flora and fauna of north Wiltshire.