Our Team

  • Mark Pendlington

    Patron

    Mark is Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership having joined the Board in 2012. He chairs the LEPs Green Economy Pathfinder, an initiative sponsored by government which has set a national framework to help secure sustainable growth in low-carbon goods and services. He is a member of the East of England Food, Farming and Rural Enterprise Board.

    Mark is Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership having joined the Board in 2012. He chairs the LEPs Green Economy Pathfinder, an initiative sponsored by government which has set a national framework to help secure sustainable growth in low-carbon goods and services. He is a member of the East of England Food, Farming and Rural Enterprise Board.

    Mark is Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership having joined the Board in 2012. He chairs the LEP’s Green Economy Pathfinder, an initiative sponsored by government which has set a national framework to help secure sustainable growth in low-carbon goods and services. He is a member of the East of England Food, Farming and Rural Enterprise Board.

    He is a Group Director at Anglian Water where his responsibilities include managing the role and profile of the business in the important debates around sustainability, economic growth, environmental protection and tackling the impacts of climate change in this most vulnerable part of the UK.

    His career experience includes senior appointments in the environment, transport and energy sectors, as well as a 14-year career in politics to 1992.

    Mark was previously Chief Executive of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA), a national membership organisation that champions the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the rural economy. His campaigns and projects included social inclusion, better access to broadband, business diversification and economic regeneration.

    Mark is a Trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and is active in a range of rural development and regeneration projects with Business in the Community.  He is a Board member at University Campus Suffolk and a Board member of the Low Carbon Initiative at University of East Anglia.

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  • Heather Murphy

    Chair of Trustees

    Heather joined GLT as a Trustee in December 2008. In her capacity as a Trustee her role is to advise Green Light Trust on its human resources practices, staff welfare and staff development.

    Heather joined GLT as a Trustee in December 2008. In her capacity as a Trustee her role is to advise Green Light Trust on its human resources practices, staff welfare and staff development.

    Heather has been working for a large local engineering, manufacturing company for 20 years, where she has been involved in Training, Human Resources and is now the Health and Safety and Employee Development Manager.

    This is her first time as a Trustee, but she was a committee member for a mother and toddler group some years ago.

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  • Professor Tony Booth

    Trustee

    Tony is our most recent Trustee, he offers Green Light Trust expertise in integrating the principles of education for sustainability and Forest School into the heart of school development.

    Tony is our most recent Trustee, he offers Green Light Trust expertise in integrating the principles of education for sustainability and Forest School into the heart of school development.

    Professor Tony Booth is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Commonwealth Education in the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University.  He has been researching, teaching and writing about participation and exclusion and the principled development of systems and settings in education for more than 35 years.  His ideas are summarised within the 'Index for Inclusion'; developing learning and participation in schools' (Booth and Ainscow, 2002,2011) translated into more than 40 languages, and recently radically revised as a green edition dedicated to the decade of biodiversity 2011 - 2020.

    He is working with schools across Norfolk supporting them to engage in values-led improvement which he contrasts with outcomes or Ofsted-led development.  He is also working on a four-nation project supporting schools and kindergartens in Asebaijan, Mongolia, TAjikistan and the Ukraine.  He has established the Index for Inclusion Network (Ltd) and its website indexforinclusion.org to facilitate communication about values-led educational improvement around the world.  He has outlined a 21st Centruy Curriculum which he contrasts with the 19th Century Curriculum operating in many schools.

    Tony is a keen, but erratic tennis player, likes working in Cafes and loves a gentle walk and a good read.

     

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  • Lou Bewster

    Trustee

    Initially from a nursing background, Louisa has strong leadership and management skills gained while working in a variety of settings in health and social care for over 30 years. She has sharpened her excellent communication, consultation and influencing skills, using her passion for leadership and service improvement and for putting service users and carers at the heart of service development. Louisa offers a range of approaches to address complex issues. Louisa is skilled in creative ways of

    Initially from a nursing background, Louisa has strong leadership and management skills gained while working in a variety of settings in health and social care for over 30 years. She has sharpened her excellent communication, consultation and influencing skills, using her passion for leadership and service improvement and for putting service users and carers at the heart of service development. Louisa offers a range of approaches to address complex issues. Louisa is skilled in creative ways of

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  • David Farrow

    Trustee

    David joined Barclays in 1990 straight from school starting his career in back office roles. He has worked across Retail, Business and Corporate Banking in London and across the East of England.

    David joined Barclays in 1990 straight from school starting his career in back office roles. He has worked across Retail, Business and Corporate Banking in London and across the East of England.

    David joined Barclays in 1990 straight from school starting his career in back office roles.  He has worked across Retail, Business and Corporate Banking in London and across the East of England.

    In 2008 David was asked to lead the East of England Corporate Banking team having also headed up Commercial Banking in the area.

    In December 2013 David was appointed Head of Global Corporates, Corporate Banking Origination with responsibilities for Barclays Global Corporates business in the UK, Africa, US and Asia as well as Corporate Banking across Europe and the Middle East.

    David is actively involved in the Princes Trust Mentoring and the Lifeskills project for young people as well as mentoring for several colleagues across the business.

    David is married with 2 children.  Away from work, he ferries his children to never ending dance lessons, plays drums in a local band and is a keen VW camper owner.

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  • Mark Pritchard

    Trustee

    Mark is a Chartered Forester with nearly 40 years experience gained in a number of senior management positions throughout the UK and overseas. He was GLTs Chief Executive for 18 months until 2013. Mark has a lifelong passion for communicating with and engaging people in the natural environment in order to enhance and enrich their lives and lifestyles

    Mark is a Chartered Forester with nearly 40 years experience gained in a number of senior management positions throughout the UK and overseas. He was GLTs Chief Executive for 18 months until 2013. Mark has a lifelong passion for communicating with and engaging people in the natural environment in order to enhance and enrich their lives and lifestyles

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  • Clare Rose

    Trustee

    Clare joined as a Trustee in September 2013. She previously completed a degree in Environmental Conservation Management, but currently works in the water industry as a Business Account Manager. Clare is looking forward to helping develop the Business arm of the Trust's activities.

    Clare joined as a Trustee in September 2013. She previously completed a degree in Environmental Conservation Management, but currently works in the water industry as a Business Account Manager. Clare is looking forward to helping develop the Business arm of the Trust's activities.

    As a governor at the local school, and a Lawshall resident, Clare also brings links to the local community to her role as Trustee.

    Outside of work Clare has a passion for horses and enjoys spending time with her young family.

    Over the next few months the Trustees and Team at Green Light Trust will be getting to know Clare more and look forward to working with her.

     

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  • Ashley Seaborne

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ash joined GLT as Director of Green Lives Programmes in March 2011 and was appointed CEO in March 2014. His previous career has been in education and training as an Instructor, Lecturer and Training Manager for both NACRO, YMCA and in two Further Education Colleges.

    Ash joined GLT as Director of Green Lives Programmes in March 2011 and was appointed CEO in March 2014. His previous career has been in education and training as an Instructor, Lecturer and Training Manager for both NACRO, YMCA and in two Further Education Colleges.

    During 26 years with YMCA Training his passion for helping those at a disadvantage realise their potential led him to become national Director of Skills and Employment; responsible for 22,000 participants per year on employment programmes, apprenticeships, and involved him working with major employers such as Tesco and B&Q. He also led the organisations Equality and Diversity Strategy.

    As a long-term member of the LSC in Suffolk and a school Governor, he was rewarded with a Babergh Council Community Award. He is still a Governor at Suffolk One sixth form and Vocational College.

    Away from work, Ashley's interests lie in amateur dramatics, trying to keep his children and pets under control, managing Ipswich Town from the terraces and restoring cars.

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  • Tom Brown

    Greener Lives Director

    Tom joined Green Light Trust at the beginning of 2013 to manage the Heritage Lottery Funded "Restoring the Repertoire" project, which over 3 years works with our Communities of Interest groups to restore this under managed ancient woodland. Having previously run his own arboricultural contracting company; he went on to eventually run the Arboriculture and Forestry department at Otley College.

    Tom joined Green Light Trust at the beginning of 2013 to manage the Heritage Lottery Funded "Restoring the Repertoire" project, which over 3 years works with our Communities of Interest groups to restore this under managed ancient woodland. Having previously run his own arboricultural contracting company; he went on to eventually run the Arboriculture and Forestry department at Otley College.

    In addition Tom also has experience of writing woodland management plans and has also written occupational standards for a number of awarding bodies.

    Tom uses his own passion and enthusiasm for trees and woodlands in conjunction with his experience and qualifications to inspire the individuals he works with to achieve and contribute to the restoration of Frithy Wood.

     

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  • Joscelyn Grant

    Finance & Operations Director

    Joscelyn started working for Green Light Trust as Office Administrator in November 2004, just as the work started on The Foundry. She has great experience of working within the Corporate Banking sector, where she worked in Securities Settlements and Loan Administration for international banking corporations, such as Saudi International Bank & Bank of Montreal in London.

    Joscelyn started working for Green Light Trust as Office Administrator in November 2004, just as the work started on The Foundry. She has great experience of working within the Corporate Banking sector, where she worked in Securities Settlements and Loan Administration for international banking corporations, such as Saudi International Bank & Bank of Montreal in London.

    Jos also worked as Assistant to Operations Director at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which gave her a wealth of experience to support funding applications, reporting processes and the many more tasks she undertakes at Green Light Trust.

    She qualified as an AAT NVQ4 Association of Accounting Technician, passing her final exams in August 2010.

    Joscelyn took over the post of Finance Manager when it became vacant in 2005, and has managed the finances of Green Light Trust and holds the position of Company Secretary as well as Operations Manager which is combined with her other duties.  Jos has a keen interest in health and well-being and takes great pleasure and pride in the work of the Green Light Trust.  Jos is happiest when spending time with family and friends and long walks with the family dog.

     

     

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  • Mell Harrison

    Forest School & Education Manager

    Mell joined the Green Light Trust in 2016 and has been facilitating Nature Connection work for over 15 years. Mell has worked with all ages and abilities, facilitating through the theories of Forest School, Earth Education, Nature Connection and Environmental Education.

    Mell joined the Green Light Trust in 2016 and has been facilitating Nature Connection work for over 15 years. Mell has worked with all ages and abilities, facilitating through the theories of Forest School, Earth Education, Nature Connection and Environmental Education.

    Mell started to work within this field after many years of environmental campaigning, believing that if people felt connected to the natural world, they would more readily take an active role in fostering the sustainability of the planet.

    In 2014 Mell was shortlisted for Learning Outside the Classrooms national award for ‘Most inspiring Educator’.

    Mell was a co-creator/director of a small school ‘Wild Meadows’ for home educated children. Together the parents and children built a straw bale building as a classroom, then developed the space and facilitated activities for families to learn together in a child led and child centred way.

    In her free time she likes adventuring with her husband and their five boys. Giggling with friends, vegetable gardening and practicing different primitive craft skills.

    Mell would like to see outdoor education made central to our education system, supporting children to take a more active role in their learning, their environment and the world around them.

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  • Andrew Brooks

    Environmental Education Manager, West Suffolk

    Andrew joined the Trust full-time in September 2013, having previously been working on a part/time basis. Andrew is responsible for delivering some of the Greener Lives programmes of work, a range of supervised environmental and conservation based learning activities either with individual learners under our Green Care programme or working with groups of young people.

    Andrew joined the Trust full-time in September 2013, having previously been working on a part/time basis. Andrew is responsible for delivering some of the Greener Lives programmes of work, a range of supervised environmental and conservation based learning activities either with individual learners under our Green Care programme or working with groups of young people.

    He also oversees the work programmes for the Associate Tutors, Bec and Jasper so that the work they do with other Greener Lives' participants is co-ordinated and to ensure that both the participants and the environmental projects are matched to enable full benefit to both; whilst making sure those students working towards ABC qualifications are suitable guided and supervised throughout their learning.  He joins us after several years of training in Countryside Management and brings a wide range of environmental skills and knowledge to the fore in his work now for Green Light Trust.

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  • Grenville Clarke

    Community-owned WildSpace Associate Leader

    Having retired for a second time, two years ago, Grenville currently helps to support CW groups with advice and guidance and undertakes small projects for the Trust.

    Having retired for a second time, two years ago, Grenville currently helps to support CW groups with advice and guidance and undertakes small projects for the Trust.

    From an early age Grenville was interested in wildlife and spent much of his spare time on the Suffolk coast trapping and ringing birds to help with scientific research into population dynamics of migrant species.

    Having started work in the chemical industry with ICI he moved into the creative perfumery business where he worked for 25 years in Sales and Marketing, becoming UK joint Managing Director of a German based company.

    Fourteen years ago he left the industry and has spent ever increasing time working with Green Light Trust concentrating on the development of Community-owned WildSpace projects.  

    In his spare time he volunteers for work parties in local woods, tries to keep up with children and grandchildren and is still trying to study birds on the Suffolk Coast.

     

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  • Beverley Fox

    Green Care Manager

    Beverley joined us in April 2015 and co-ordinates the Green Care and Woodland Minds Programmes.

    Beverley joined us in April 2015 and co-ordinates the Green Care and Woodland Minds Programmes.

    Beverley comes from primarily a rich farming and journalistic background, but has in the last few years worked on Big Lottery Funded £2.7m projects throughout the East of England. 

    Bevereley works part-time and manages the Green Care and Woodland Minds Programmes.

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  • Peter Foster

    Team Leader

    Peter joined Green Light Trust in August 2014 and works alongside the Associate Leaders in Suffolk, assisting with the Green Care and Bushcraft and other educational programmes as required.

    Peter joined Green Light Trust in August 2014 and works alongside the Associate Leaders in Suffolk, assisting with the Green Care and Bushcraft and other educational programmes as required.

    Peter Foster was an organic farmer for 20 years after graduating from Harper Adams Agricultural College in 1992. Based in the south he delivered an on farm training programme for children and young adults at risk of exclusion for which in 2003 he won a Somerset Learning & Skills Council award for helping others to learn. In late 2012 Peter moved to Suffolk where he has focused his career on woodcraft and nature conservation.

    As well as working for Green Light Trust he is a regular volunteer for Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s education team at Carlton Marshes.

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