Meet the Trustees
Rob Jolliffe (Chair) has a banking background having worked in London and abroad for several large investment banks through the last 30 years. He has been a Trustee for over seven years and has been Chairman of the Board for the last 5 years. A Garden Trustee since 1996,
John Ellis (Vice-chair) was the last Director of Education for Dyfed County Council. Is currently Vice-President of Dolen Cymru (Wales-Lesotho Link), Ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Wales, Director and Founding Member of Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, Member of the Executive Committee of the St Davids Diocesan Board of Finance.
Sir Roger Jones OBE is a business entrepreneur and a former governor of the BBC and former chair of the Welsh Development Agency. Past Chair of the Institute of Directors for Wales, chairman of the committee for Wales of the National Trust. Amongst his wide-ranging appointments he is currently Pro Chancellor and holds the Chair of Council at Swansea University. He was appointed OBE in 1996 for services to the pharmaceutical industry, and was knighted in 2005.
Camilla Swift, is a freelance garden writer, horticultural PR specialist and a contributing editor with Saga Magazine.
Dr Hew Prendergast trained as plant scientist, He worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for many years, lastly as head of the Centre for Economic Botany, before taking over the running of Ashdown Forest in East Sussex in 2003. Ashdown is an EU Special Area for Conservation and Special Protection Area and at 2500 hectares (10 square miles) is the largest public access space in the South East. He left this post in 2011 and is now a free-lance writer.
Julie James is Chairman of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority where she has been a WG appointed Member since 2006 and it is in this capacity that she serves as a Member of South West Wales Regional Tourism Partnership where she is currently Vice Chairman. She holds a variety of public appointments including: Non-Executive Director of Hywel Dda Local Health Board, Independent Member of Audit with Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales, and an Assessor for the Welsh Government’s Corporate Health at Work Standard.
Mark Kerr is from a Royal Navy and local-government background. From 2004 to 2009, Mark was Chief Executive of Powys County Council, responsible for 12,000 staff. Before that he was Director General of Human Resources (Royal Navy) in the rank of rear admiral.
Richard Pryce, of Pryce Consultant Ecologists, runs his own ecological consultancy company assessing environmental impact for a range of proposed developments and providing other environmental services. He is a leading participant in the Botanical Society of the British Isles and vice-county recorder for Carmarthenshire.
Professor John Harries, originally from Aberavon, is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College in London. He and his wife, Sheila, now live in Penarth. He has held senior posts in government and academia, at the National Physical Laboratory, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Imperial College, and recently served as the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the Welsh Government. He is an atmospheric physicist with experience in satellite studies of the Earth and its climate. He and his group have detected the first clear signals from space of the growth of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and their global effect on the Earth’s climate.
Elizabeth Whittle is a garden historian. She has wide knowledge of an experience with the historic parks and gardens of Wales, having recently retired from her Welsh Government (Cadw) post as Inspector of Historic Parks, Gardens and Landscapes, which she held for 21 years. She has written a book and many articles on Welsh historic parks and gardens. She is currently President of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust and a Trustee of the Nelson Garden, Monmouth.
Heather Stevens, Chair of The Waterloo Foundation, which she founded with husband David, both are founders of Admiral Insurance. The Waterloo Foundation is an independent grant-giving foundation based in Wales, dedicated to projects that help globally, particularly in the areas of water and sanitation, female education, environmental issues relating to forests and fish, and research into children’s psychological development. She is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University.