About Us | Trustees
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 2017.
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.
Shelly Moledina – Trustee
Shelly holds a senior investment role in a pension fund based in London. She has more than 25 years of investment experience, primarily in corporate bonds, with an increasing focus on investing to improve social and environmental outcomes. Shelly holds an MA in Economics and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She is also interested in wildlife photography and joined the Board in 2020.
Mark Hollinworth – Trustee
Mark works in a senior supervisory role for the Financial Conduct Authority based in London, having previously worked as a chartered wealth manager and investment manager both in the UK and overseas. Mark has 15 years’ experience in the wealth management and investment industry, advising high net worth individuals, trusts and corporate entities. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (FCSI) and holds a MSc in Finance. Mark joined the Board of Trustees in March 2023.
Chris Ellam – Trustee
Chris is an Associate Director at Russell Investments where he helps asset owners find solutions to their investment challenges. Previously, he worked as an investment consultant focusing on implementation efficiency. Chris also spent a significant portion of his career working in Global Equity Portfolio Management. He joined the Board of Trustees in March 2023.
Dr Sallie Bailey — Trustee
Dr Sallie Bailey (FICFor) is Deputy Chief Science Advisor for Scottish Government for Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, bringing science and evidence to the centre of decision making in government. Previously, she’s held leadership roles in the state forestry sector as regional manager for Forestry and Land Scotland, in environmental regulation and in the Forestry Commission, advising government with provision of science and evidence to inform policy development. Following completion of her PhD on spatial and woodland ecology and impacts of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity, she completed post-doctorate research at Stanford University on forests and ecosystems in the tropics of Costa Rica, arid ecosystems of Nevada and the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Through her various roles to improve outcomes for protected woodland species and wider biodiversity, Sallie has become particularly familiar with the ecology and conservation of UK woodland mammals. Sallie joined the Board of Trustees in June 2023.
Dr Richard Young — Trustee
Rich is a Director at the sustainability consultancy, Nature Positive, where he helps businesses understand and act upon their biodiversity impacts and dependencies. Previously, he was Director of Conservation Knowledge at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust working on some of the world’s most threatened species and ecosystems, from giant jumping rats to mountain chicken frogs. Between 2011-2020, Rich was Co-chair of the IUCN Small Mammal Specialist Group and is currently a member of the task force assembled to develop the IUCN Green Status of Species. Rich joined the Board of Trustees in June 2023.