ECT Trustee Miles TuelyOne of ECT’s longest-serving Trustees is stepping down after more than two decades on the Board.

Miles Tuely joined the Board in 1994 and has helped steer the Trust through a time of substantial growth – including the purchase of the Hatherop Estate in Gloucestershire, the bequest of the Filkins Estate in Oxfordshire, and the development of Fairford Leys in Buckinghamshire.

“It’s been a great privilege and pleasure to have been a Trustee of ECT during a period of such change in the size and direction of the Trust,” he said.

“Apart from the increase in acreage over those years, the number of children visiting our estates has increased dramatically, similarly our educational grants.

“One of the most satisfactory features of the last 20 years has been the large number of tenancies transferring from fathers to sons, representative of our founder’s ethos. I have hugely enjoyed my time as a Trustee and shall miss you all very much – especially our own educational farm visits!”

ECT’s Chief Executive Nicholas Ford said: “Miles’s experience, knowledge and wisdom have been of enormous benefit, particularly in guiding matters of land management, but also in other areas of the Trust’s work. His interest in and care for the staff has also been much appreciated.”

Meanwhile ECT welcomes a new Trustee. Mary Riall is a former teacher and is founder and CEO of the Ufton Court Educational Trust in Berkshire.

Mary was previously on the Council of Bradfield College, and is currently a governor of the John Madjeski Academy in Reading. She is also following in her father’s footsteps –  Sir William Benyon was Chairman of ECT between 1992 and 2004.

“I’m delighted to be joining ECT and looking forward to working with everyone involved,” she said. “It’s also a great privilege to continue the family involvement as my father so valued the Trust’s work during his time as Chairman.”