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.
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.
Steffan Williams: A proud Welshman, Steffan has spent his career providing communications advice to enterprises, organisations and governments. He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and is an Old Members’ Trustee. He is married with two children and splits his time between London and Carmarthenshire. He is passionate about rugby, fly fishing and wine (but not necessarily always in that order). He has served for over ten years as a Member of the Board of Management at the PRCA, is a member of the Development Committee at the Legatum Institute and is a Special Adviser at the Iraq Britain Business Council. He provides communications advice to a number of charities pro bono and is a frequent guest speaker on communications.
Derek Howell: Born and raised in Cardiff. Educated in Cardiff at Cathays High School before undertaking a Mathematics Honours Degree at Bristol University. Joined Price Waterhouse in Cardiff in 1975 immediately after graduating. Remained with the firm, which subsequently became PwC, until 2013, having been admitted to partnership in 1988, working at different times in Wales, the West Country and London. Since retiring from the partnership, have continued to perform some consultancy work for PwC. Currently also Non-Executive Director of the Principality Building Society, sitting on the Group Risk Committee and the Audit Committee, and Treasurer of St John Cymru Wales, also sitting on the Audit Committee. Other interests include playing golf, watching rugby, theatre and the arts.
Cllr David Jenkins: County Councillor David Jenkins has represented Glanamman ward on Carmarthenshire County Council since 2008, and is also a member of Cwmamman Town Council since 2002. Cllr Jenkins has a background in engineering, construction, procurement and business management, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. He is currently Deputy Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council and an Executive Board Member with responsibility for Finance and Budget; ICT; Property/Asset Management; Procurement & Benefits. Cllr Jenkins adds to the Trustees’ bilingual capabilities.