Governance of Wild Anglia is managed through the work of two Boards.
A small Corporate Board has overall executive responsibility for Wild Anglia. This executive core considers all legal, financial and administrative matters concerning the work of Wild Anglia CIC and includes individuals with significant corporate and sustainability experience.
Alongside them is a wider Advisor Board to help develop the strategic direction of Wild Anglia. The Advisory Board includes representatives from public, private and 3rd Sector organisations and from across multiple sectors, which recognises the range of issues that comprise the sustainability agenda.
Richard Powell, OBE
Currently an independent consultant, Richard is Chair of Wild Anglia, Vice-Chair of the Institute of Environmental Managers and Assessors (IEMA) and Chair of the European Structural and Investments Funds Committee for Norfolk and Suffolk. Richard is passionate about landscape recreation and climate change adaptation and drives discussions on doing things differently to inspire new and alternative economic, social and environmental agendas.
Richard previously spent 26 years as Regional Director of the RSPB and Regional Director for the National Trust in the East of England. He was Chair of the Region’s Heritage Lottery Fund Committee and a founding board director for EEDA and Sustainability East.
Richard was awarded an OBE for his work in the Environment and Sustainability in June 2005.
Contact Richard about Wild Anglia’s strategic direction, our challenges and our mission.
Business Development Partner for the East of England, The Land Trust
A Chartered Landscape Architect with over 25 years of experience within both the public and private sectors. In 2010 Gareth established GIDE Associates Ltd, specialising in green infrastructure delivery. Previously he was Head of Urban Regeneration and Development for Forestry Commission England
and prior to that, Forestry Authority England National Landscape Architect.
Gareth has a experience in green infrastructure and environmental policy development, sustainable development, strategic planning and long-term green space management options. Currently the Business Development Partner for the Land Trust in the East of England, he involved with a wide range of issues relating to development and long-term costs and mechanisms for managing and maintaining GI. Gareth is also a Green Flag Award judge and a member of Shape East’s Design Support Expert Panel and the Forestry Commission’s East of England Forest and Woodland Advisory Committee.
Contact Gareth about ‘Green Infrastructure’, the planning system, long-term green space management and stewardship.
01223 813655 / 07594 634784
Deputy Chief Executive, Broadland District Council
Matthew has worked in local government since 1987, largely in corporate policy roles and in senior management positions. His background and experience is diverse including responsibilities for corporate planning, performance improvement, Finance as well as direct services such as housing, environmental services and Benefits.
In his current role Matthew also takes a corporate lead on health & wellbeing. From 2007 to 2011 he led the Norfolk Climate Change Task Force which launched the Norfolk Climate Change Strategy (2009) and multi-agency partnership. He was a lead member for Norfolk on negotiations for climate change targets in the Norfolk Local Area Agreement. Mathew is also a member
of the New Anglia LEP Green Economy Pathfinder Board.
Matthew has an appreciation of the role that our environment plays in the economy of an area, whether its rural or urban (or indeed suburban). Having worked in local authorities, he is an advocate for partnership working with communities to improve people’s quality of life. The role that Wild Anglia can play in bringing partners together to improve our natural capital is a great opportunity.
Contact Matthew about working with local authorities or on matters regarding health and wellbeing.
01603 430588/07899 817914
Senior Ecologist, Broads Authority
Contact me about working to connect nature on the ground, water, wetlands and wildlife issues, working with the national parks family and
links with Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership (of which I am Chair).
01603 756015 / 07711 451503
Operations Manager, Groundwork Suffolk
Anna has 10 years’ experience of providing resource efficiency advice to businesses and communities, project development and management, staff and team management as well as considerable experience in European funding, CSR and partnership working.
As the Operations Manager for Groundwork Suffolk Anna and her team undertake a broad range of work with local communities and partners across six core sectors; employment and skills; education; young people; communities; business and land improvement. The environment is the inspiration for all of their work.
Contact Anna if you’re a business interested in creating, improving and investing in your local environment or even showcasing your own best practice work in relation to green infrastructure.
Heidi Thompson MCIEEM
Business manager, Norfolk FWAG
Since graduating with an Environmental Science degree from UEA, Heidi has built up 20 years nature conservation experience in Norfolk. She started with English Nature (the forerunner of Natural England) before becoming the first ever Conservation Officer for an IDB, working for the Kings Lynn Consortium of Internal Drainage Boards. 13 years with Norfolk County Council would follow; the last 6 years as Countryside Manager, where she set up the Connecting Nature Fund. Heidi left the council to join Norfolk FWAG in July 2014 as a Business Manager. Norfolk FWAG is a registered charity that gives environmental advice to farmers. It works to create joined up habitat across the landscape of Norfolk.
Contact me about ‘Green Infrastructure’, biodiversity, biodiversity offsetting and working to achieve stronger, more connected nature on the ground.
01603 881947 / 07713 333202
Sustainable Places Account Manager, Environment Agency
Contact me about improving and safeguarding natural assets to support business and biodiversity, water-related issues or Local Environment and Economic Development (LEED) toolkit.
Stakeholder Manager, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Responsible for managing a wide range of partnerships and business development opportunities across many stakeholders, including sectors and business intermediary organisations.