About Us | Trustees

  • Dr David Bullock – Chairman

    David is Head of Nature Conservation at the National Trust with an extensive background in ecology. A Batworker Trainer, his particular interest has been management of bats in historic buildings which culminated in the recent publication ‘Bats and Historic Buildings’. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2011 and was appointed as Chairman in 2018.

  • Sally Ford-Hutchinson – Deputy Chairman

    Sally’s experience is in market research and marketing communications. She is a former Chairman of The Market Research Society and was Global Planning Director of the International Advertising Agency DMB&B. She has been running her own consultancy The Thinking Shop for the last twelve years where she advises clients about their services and brands. Sally has experience as a trustee having worked for a number of years with both Nottingham Trent University and the National Centre for Social Research. Her personal interest in wildlife has taken her all over the world. She joined the Board of Trustees of the VWT in 2015.

  • Matthew Norman – Trustee

    Matthew Norman is the Chief Investment Officer of a Family Office based in London. His prior experiences have included managing the wealth of other international families, advising Sovereign Wealth Funds and working for a Russian Hedge Fund. Matthew holds an MA in International Conflict Analysis. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2010.

  • Dr Liam Lysaght – Trustee

    Liam Lysaght is Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford Ireland where he heads up a small team of seven staff. He also serves as Head of Delegation for Ireland to the intergovernmental Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a global informatics network of 95 partners worldwide. Liam has a deep knowledge of nature conservation and biodiversity policy having previously worked with the Heritage Council providing independent heritage policy advice to the Government, and prior to that as a Park Ranger in the Burren National Park. In 2016, he co-authored the Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010-2015, the first atlas to map terrestrial and marine mammals in Ireland and its marine waters. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2018.

  • Professor Robbie McDonald – Trustee

    Robbie is based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall, where he holds a Chair in Natural Environment. He works on a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects in wildlife ecology and management. Robbie’s research career has focused on mustelids and he completed a PhD on weasels and stoats. He has also worked on Californian sea otters, martens, badgers, mink, ferrets and New Zealand and Irish stoats and currently collaborates with the VWT on marten and polecat research projects. Robbie joined the Board of Trustees in 2018.

  • Clementine Dymond – Trustee

    Clementine Dymond has a wealth of experience in investment, having worked in the City for a number of years. She has researched and managed investments of a global nature and across all asset types, for both private and institutional clients. Clementine has a degree in Economics and has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She also has a keen interest in ethical investing and is passionate about wildlife conservation. Clementine joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.

  • Georgie Holmes-Skelton – Trustee

    Georgie is Head of Government Affairs at the National Trust, where she works on public policy engagement, particularly relating to heritage and environment. Her background is in Parliament and public policy, having worked as a clerk in the House of Commons for nearly 10 years, supporting MPs and the work of Parliament, its committees, procedures and practices. She has also worked in the Civil Service, advising Ministers and civil servants on parliamentary business and engagement. Georgie joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.

  • Sarah Binstead – Trustee

    Sarah is the Chief Risk Officer at Triodos Bank UK Ltd, which she joined in July 2017, and where she leads the second line of defence covering enterprise risk, credit risk, financial risk, operational risk, legal and compliance.  Prior to this, having qualified as a chartered accountant, she has worked for KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group and Nationwide Building Society in a variety of roles in external audit, internal audit, risk and finance.  Sarah joined the Board of Trustees in December 2019.