The Trustees

The current Trustees are:

John Heselwood, Chair and Company Secretary

He was raised in Chester, Cheshire before undertaking a degree in Environmental Management at the University of Manchester. He spent 6 months living and studying in Grenoble, France before travelling around the globe visiting nearly 30 different countries and doing conservation volunteering. He then spent two years working in technical support for a commercial laboratory testing for contaminated land samples on an industrial scale.


Having discovered his interests in the environment were predominantly around people, he finally got a job as the Rural Social and Community Officer at Cheshire Community Council focussing on rural regeneration projects. He shortly made it into a senior management position and now his expertise and skills are in charity governance, fundraising, project management and rural regeneration.

Interests include travel, music, and hill walking.


Andrew Hull

Andrew Hull is Emeritus Professor of Landscape Ecology at Liverpool John Moores University. Having set up the Ponds Research Unit in 1990, the first audit of Cheshire ponds was undertaken soon afterwards, demonstrating the serious loss of ponds in the county. From 1995-1999 he was seconded from the University to become Project Director of the EU-funded “Pond Life Project” working in the UK, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. Outputs from this project have become a benchmark for pond conservation both in the UK and beyond, including the need to work at a landscape scale; stakeholder involvement and working with volunteers. Currently he is President of the European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN) which seeks  to influence key decision makers of the need for greater recognition and support for the conservation of these small but significant wetland features.   Andrew is also a member of the Rural Regeneration Board set up by Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council.


Peter Winn



Ralph Oultram 

Ralph was born at Yew Tree Farm,Onston Lane, Crowton and worked part time on the farm from the age of 8 and then full time since 1968. He has always had a keen interest in wildlife, habitat and landscape which my job as a farmer and agricultural contractor allowed good enjoyment off. As time went by an opportunity to put something back came by way of a vacancy on Crowton Parish Council in 1995 which led on to Vale Royal Council in 2003 and a councillor with Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2007 to present day.


Two vacancies

The Trustees have to stand for re-election by the Members by rotation.


For details of previous Trustees Click here