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.
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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.
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.
Roger became a trustee during 2016. Recently returned to Devon after many years away, he has fond memories of growing up in Torbay and strong empathy with the Trust’s objectives. By profession an accountant, Roger was for more than 20 years a partner with a major international firm of accountants, in London and then in Hong Kong, surprisingly perhaps another place with an outstanding natural environment and its own Unesco Global Geopark.
Ray joined the Trust in 2018 having moved to the area in 2013. He has a passion for the outdoors and will often be found on the footpaths of Torbay or at one of the Trust's many special places with his dog, Treacle. A Human Resources professional with experience in strategic planning and organisational development, he worked for 29 years for Chevron, an American energy company. For the last 8 years he was chairman of a Nigerian joint venture between Chevron and Sasol. He retired in 2017. The Trust are stewards of 75% of Torbay’s open spaces and, as the only urban UNESCO Global Geopark in the world, he is looking forward to 'doing his bit' towards maintaining the essential but often strained balance between people, nature and wildlife. When not supporting the Trust and walking his dog, he enjoys coaching rowing.
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