Meet the team

Lucy Cooper: Chief Executive Lucy was appointed June 2006, having served 15 months as our Development Manager. She reports directly to Jon Valters (Chairman) and has full responsibility for the direction and management of the charity. Lucy has worked in the environment / voluntary sector for over 18 years.

Miles King: Director of Conservation at The Grasslands Trust, a UK charity working to conserve grasslands rich in wildlife, history and value for local communities.  Mile has worked for The Grasslands Trust for five years and previously worked for several Wildlife Trusts, English Nature, Natural England, Dorset AONB and was head of conservation at Plantlife for 5 years.

Deborah Alexander: As Conservation Assistant Deborah provides invaluable administrative and research support to Miles King and the Conservation Team. Deborah worked for six years on the small Hebridean Island of Coll for the charity Project Trust which sends young volunteers overseas, having previously spent a year in Indonesia under their auspices.

Charli Evans: Carmel Reserves Warden – Wales.   Brought up on a traditional livestock farm in West Wales where he nurtured a keen passion for wildlife, Charli’s experience in land management practices have put him in good stead to implement our ambitious programme of work at Carmel. Charli has spent many years working in the conservation sector and started work with The Grasslands Trust in 2005.

Martin Reeves: Martin joined in 2008 as our first Community Grasslands Officer running a local project in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire. Now complete, this work was extremely successful and show cased by many other organisations. Presently he is involved with DoGG – Discovering our Glorious Grasslands, a project of volunteering, conservation and education, based on several sites owned by Eastleigh borough council and local parish councils.

Paul Evans: Conservation Officer – North East England.   Paul began working for the Trust in January 2012 and is responsible for work across our Durham Sites. Paul has enjoyed over 20 years working in nature conservation primarily for English Nature. Alongside his work for the Grasslands Trust, Paul is also currently Buglife’s B-Lines and Meadows Officer.

Sarah Knight: Sarah joined The Grasslands Trust in January 2011 as publicity officer intern and is now employed as our Communications Officer.  She is responsible for increasing our public profile through the media and social networking. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Southampton with a degree in B.Sc Geography and has since started a part-time Masters course in Integrated Environmental Management. 

Jenny Marsden: As Finance Manager Jenny is responsible for all aspects of our financial management and reporting. When she’s not doing accounts, she manages to squeeze in a lot of admin work as well and she has recently sown a new meadow area in her front garden. 

Dawn Brickwood: Meadows Officer Dawn is responsible for the provision of landowner advice and seed harvesting across the Weald of Kent and Sussex for the Weald Meadow Nectar Network.   She has been involved with thi project in different guises since 1998 and over the years has worked with over 600 landowners and helped create and restore an impressive 700ha of meadows.

Amy Fitzpatrick: Amy was appointed in 2011 and has a dual role for the Trust.  She acts as PA to the Chief Executive and as Administration Assistant, responsible for all the admin at our Eastleigh Office and assisting with fundraising including processing all the donations that we receive.

Deborah Sazer:   Deborah has been the Ecologist at Carmel National Nature Reserve since the summer of 2010. She is responsible for monitoring our grasslands and woods, as well as training our volunteers to identify and survey plants, butterflies and other species. She also manages the contractors who do the large jobs on the reserve such as scrub clearance, coppicing and fencing.

Liz Proctor:  Liz has been fundraising for conservation organisations since 2000 and works for various charities, including The Grasslands Trust, in a freelance capacity. Being able to enjoy nature is hugely important to her, and she enjoys the challenge of inspiring others to give money to help protect it.

3 Responses to Meet the team

  1. Jon Birchall says:

    I agree with your comment on the need for extensive grazing systems.

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