Our Team

  • Mark Pendlington

    Patron

    Mark has a career in national and international business, including in the energy, aviation and environment sectors. He is currently Group Director at Anglian Water, responsible for leading the engagement of the business in the important debates around sustainability, innovation, regional growth, and the impacts of climate change.

    Mark has a career in national and international business, including in the energy, aviation and environment sectors. He is currently Group Director at Anglian Water, responsible for leading the engagement of the business in the important debates around sustainability, innovation, regional growth, and the impacts of climate change.

    Previously, Mark was Chief Executive of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), a national membership organisation dedicated to the economic health and social wellbeing of the diverse rural economy. His work included campaigns for better broadband, rural regeneration, farm diversification, improved training and skills provision and better access to affordable housing and public services for rural communities.   

    Mark’s voluntary work included a four-year term (to September 2017) as Chair of the New Anglia LEP Board where he helped to attract over £400m investment into a wide range of enterprises, from job creation and skills development, to growing new businesses, funding better infrastructure and providing new funding for innovative projects in universities and colleges in the region.  He also chaired 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 Chair of Governors at Easton and Otley College; a board member of the University of Suffolk; Patron of the Green Light Trust; Chair of the Low Carbon Innovation Fund (University of East Anglia); a Trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund; and a Trustee of the British Racing School. 

    Mark chairs ‘Flourish’, a new collaboration of organisations across Suffolk, to help address the symptoms and causes of serious rural and urban deprivation in the county. 

    Mark has lived near Clare for over 20 years. 

    He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk in 2016.

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  • David Farrow

    Chair of Trustees

    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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  • Clare Rose

    Vice Chair of Trustees

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 written occupational standards for a number of awarding bodies. A member of the national Forestry Skills Forum Tom has recently contributed to the development of the new Forestry Trailblazer apprenticeship.

    Tom is responsible for the operational direction of our Greener Lives work and is currently studying towards a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

     

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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 Tutor & 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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  • Beverley Fox

    Relationship Manager & Green Care Programme Manager

    Beverley joined Green Light Trust in April 2015 and is responsible for forging new, and liaising with existing, communities of interest groups and partner organisations who work with Green Light Trust.

    Beverley joined Green Light Trust in April 2015 and is responsible for forging new, and liaising with existing, communities of interest groups and partner organisations who work with Green Light Trust.

    She helps to enable Green Light Trust's unique combination of well-being Woodland Programmes are made available to all those who would benefit from the experience. 

    Beverley is also responsible for recruitment of participants on all GLT’s Greener Lives programmes, as well as managing its Green Care programme for people with learning disabilities and special needs, and Mental Health difficulties.

    Beverley comes from primarily a rich farming and journalistic background, but since 2014 has swapped her skills to  work within the Third Sector, including Big Lottery Funded £2.7m projects throughout the East of England. 

    Beverley currently works four days a week.

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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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  • Lorna Collins

    Team Leader, Ipswich

    Lorna joined the Green Light Trust in March 2015 as Environmental Education Team Leader, Ipswich. She works with students from Otley College and Parkside Pupil Referral Unit, Ipswich.

    Lorna joined the Green Light Trust in March 2015 as Environmental Education Team Leader, Ipswich. She works with students from Otley College and Parkside Pupil Referral Unit, Ipswich.

    Her previous career with Suffolk Wildlife Trust spanned 13 years; running two Education Centres in West and East Suffolk, as well as being responsible for the bulk of youth work projects for SWT, centred in Lowestoft.  She established solid working partnerships with key agencies (e.g. YMCA Training, MIND, Access Community Trust, PRUs, EOTAS) and ran diverse, tailored environmental programmes to encourage self development and practical skills in young people.

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  • Lindsay Limmer

    Forest School & Course Administrator

    Lindsay joined Green Light Trust in 2009 as Forest School Administrator after taking a career break to raise her two children.

    Lindsay joined Green Light Trust in 2009 as Forest School Administrator after taking a career break to raise her two children.

    During that time, she was involved with the Lawshall Primary School in various roles including PTA, Treasurer, fund-raising events, gardening club & helping at Forest School sessions in Frithy Wood.

    Being passionate about environmental issues and loving the countryside, it made sense for her to pursue that road with the Green Light Trust.

    Lindsay works part-time and supports the Forest School Team.

    She is responsible for all the admin for Forest School and other educational courses, administration and promotion.

     

     

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  • Bec Edgar

    Greener Lives Project Administrator

    Previously a self-employed Complementary Therapist, Bec is particularly interested in the impact nature and the environment have on improving confidence and self-esteem, reducing anxiety, and mental health in general.

    Previously a self-employed Complementary Therapist, Bec is particularly interested in the impact nature and the environment have on improving confidence and self-esteem, reducing anxiety, and mental health in general.

    Bec has been involved with Green Light Trust since joining the steering group for Green Light Trust's very first Community-owned WildSpace project 'Forest for Our Children' in 1999.  Whilst on the FOC steering group Bec held positions such as: Community Co-ordinator, Youth Action Group assistant leader and School Link person, facilitating the School's Rolling Programme (precursor to Forest Schools) at All Saints Primary School in Lawshall.   

    After running the local church youth club for several years, Bec completed her PTLS course (preparing to teach in the adult learning sector) in January 2009.   Since then, Bec has assisted on our Big Lottery funded Reaching Communities projects with young people from West Suffolk College; as well as several other Greener Lives educational programmes.  Bec qualified as a level 3 Forest School Practitioner in August 2014 and is now the Greener Lives Project Administrator.

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