Alan was appointed chairman in 2015. Since he joined the Trust in February 2014, Alan has been one of our most active and supportive trustees. Alan’s involvement with Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust began when he was appointed as Executive Lead for Finance for Torbay Council and, in that capacity, represented the Council in monitoring the Trust’s financial position during a period of extreme financial challenge. Soon after relinquishing that role, Alan was invited to become a trustee in his own right.
Peter Redstone has been a trustee since 2004 and serves as Chair of the Trust's Development Working Group. His background includes organic dairy farming and ice cream making and management consultancy. Peter runs creative thinking workshops and is an active member of Creative Thinking Torbay. He is a Director of the Barefoot Thinking Company (www.barefoot-thinking.com)
Tina Crowson has been a supporter of the Trust since its inception. Chief Reporter at the Herald Express, she is a keen photographer, cyclist, walker, skier and gardener. Having benefited from the experience of being able to enjoy playing in area of woods, fields and coast, she believes every child should be able to enjoy, learn about and appreciate the wildlife on their doorstep. She campaigned for more than a decade to protect a wildflower meadow from development and believes the work of the trust will become increasingly important as Torbay comes under strengthening pressure to build on its green fields and open spaces.
David Weatherly is a School Improvement Adviser and a consultant for Geography, Environmental Education and Sustainability working across all stages of formal education from Early Years through to post 16 settings. Prior to becoming Adviser he was Fawcett Fellow in the Department of Geography at University College London and for over twenty years taught and led geography departments and humanities faculties at schools in London and the south west. As a school improvement officer he works to increase pupil engagement and raise attainment at schools and throughout the country. Much of his time is spent training practising teachers. He l ives in Devon close to the Jurassic Coast.
Andra Johnstone first joined the Occombe Development Group and became a full trustee in 2006. With a professional background is social care Andra has worked for a number of years in the public, voluntary and private sector employed in general managerial or project management role. Committed to the values and principles on which the Trust is built and its unique nature Andra uses her knowledge, skills and experience to make a contribution to the organisational governance and sustainability. From a family plant growing business to looking after a smallholding she is passionate about the environment and the responsibility we all have to it. Andra chairs the land group committee.
David joined the Trust in 2010 as a Trustee although he has been a supporter of the Trust and its work since before its development. David has a wide knowledge of nature conservation and landscape, working for Natural England and has been involved in many of the innovative projects that the Trust have delivered. David assists the Trust by being an active member of both the Land Group and Development Working Party. David is passionate about the natural environment and the importance of promoting the benefits that a healthy environment can bring for us.
Nick is the Managing Director of Woolley, a private company and Enrolled Practice of The Prince’sFoundation for Building Community. Woolley specialises in fund asset management for city property funds and the management of sustainable development projects. Currently, he also represents financial institutions on the Environment Sub-committee of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA). He was also chairman of the CLA Suffolk branch (1999 – 2001). He is a founding Trustee of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (1999 – present).
Councillor Mark King was elected to Torbay Council in May 2015 to represent the Cockington with Chelston Ward. Mark was appointed to The Mayor's Executive and is the portfolio holder for Housing, Planning, Transport and Waste and is Torbay Council's nominated member of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust Board of Trustees.
Rob Newman became a trustee in 2015. He has a strong commitment to the ideals of the trust, balancing the need to preserve and enhance Torbay’s unique natural heritage whilst allowing the local economy to prosper. By profession, he is a solicitor and he was for many years a partner in the local firm of Kitsons. He is a governor of South Devon College, and an executive member and immediate past chairman of the Torbay Business Forum.
He is a director of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway in North Devon, a unique and totally green operation, which is driven by gravity-fed water power drawn direct from the West Lyn River.
Clare recently joined the Board of Trustees. She currently manages the day to day operations at Living Coasts in Torbay, so she is naturally passionate about the marine environment and is an avid supporter of the work of the Trust and the values that it holds. and providing opportunities for exploring and learning in the outdoors for all ages
Having previously has worked in the water industry research, Clare has lectured in marine ecology and conservation and has experience of strategic planning, operational management, business planning, finance and HR. She is happiest when walking the on the coast and is also Chair of Sea Torbay - a local voluntary coastal management partnership.