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Our
Team

Greater than the sum of our parts

Our team at The Ernest Cook Trust is fantastic. We work together ensuring that the important work of the Trust flourishes, no matter what. We’re part of a unique heritage that gives all our activities a particular character, enhancing the lives of thousands of children and young people, their families and communities.

We celebrate our people and all our achievements, working together as one.

Our Learning Team

Alison Cross
Outdoor Learning Officer - Pendle Hill
Andy Bates
Assistant Outdoor Learning Officer - Lowther
Angela Webb
Education Officer - Trent
Emily Crawley
Head of Learning
Katherine Geracitano
Outdoor Learning Officer (Schools)
Liz MacKenzie
Schools Programme Lead
Louise Phillips
Learning Team Assistant
Pete Tatham
Education Officer - Gloucestershire
Susie Grainger
Outdoor Learning Officer - Lowther

Our Grants Team

Robyn Riddoch
Project Manager (#iWill)/Green Influencers Scheme
Ruth Turner
Project Manager The OWL Collaboration
Suzie Paton
Head of Grants
Zane Pukite
Accounts Assistant/Grants Assistant

Head Office Team

Anna Freebury
Host/Office Support
Brenda Williams
Management Accountant
Laura Brookes
Assistant Management Accountant
Michelle Cole
Head of Finance
Rosie Tudor
Research & Impact Manager
Sara Rostant
Head of Operations & Executive Assistant to Chief Executive
Dr Victoria Edwards OBE (FRICS FAAV)
Chief Executive
Zane Pukite
Accounts Assistant/Grants Assistant

Our Estates Team

Amanda Baker
PA to Property Director
Chris Nash
Gardener & General Estate Worker - Fairford
Chris Smith (MCIOB)
Maintenance & Construction Manager
Claire McIntosh (MRICS FAAV)
Senior Land Agent
Clare Tapley
Property Administrator
Dan Nash
Assistant Gardener & General Estate Worker - Fairford
Jon Welch
River Keeper
Lee James
Estate Forester - Slimbridge
Michael Birnie (MRICS FAAV)
Property Director
Michael Dickinson
Estate Woodman & Maintenance Worker - Little Dalby
Nick Lawson (MRICS)
Land Agent
Steve Brown
Woodman & General Estate Worker - Trent
Steve Jones
Estate Ranger - Fairford
Toby Griffin
Apprentice - Game & Wildlife Management

Our Trustees

Andrew Christie-Miller
Andrew Christie-Miller
Andrew Christie-Miller
Chairman

Trustee since 1994. Chairman since November 2013. Former owner of the Clarendon Park Estate in Wiltshire. Past Chairman of GWCT (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust) and Timber Growers UK. Trustee of Salisbury Cathedral Trust. Trustee of Clinton Devon and Roxburghe Estates.

Simon Eliot
Simon Eliot
Simon Eliot

Joined the Trustees in Autumn of 2013 and is currently the Trust’s Education Trustee. Taught History and English at Winchester College from 1976 to 2000, where he was also a Housemaster for 12 years, and was Headmaster of Sherborne School between 2000 and 2010. Currently a Governor of schools in the UK and Prague, and a Trustee of the British Racing School.

Jenefer Greenwood OBE
Jenefer Greenwood OBE
Jenefer Greenwood OBE

Joined the Trustees in April 2017. Formerly a Crown Estate Commissioner and Director of Sales & Lettings at Grosvenor Ltd, and held posts as Chairman of the National Skills Academy for Retail and President of the British Council of Shopping Centres. Awarded the OBE in 2014 for services to UK Real Estate and for voluntary service. Was previously a Governor at Westonbirt School and is a Non Executive Director of a number of businesses in the real estate sector.

Harry Henderson
Harry Henderson
Harry Henderson

Trustee since 2004. Lives and farms at West Woodhay in Berkshire. High Sheriff for the Royal County of Berkshire 2008. Was an Investment manager and MD of Cazenove until 2002, retiring as Chairman of Witan Investment Trust plc, as a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and as a Director of the Cadogan Settled Estates Ltd in early 2020. Currently Chairman of the Farmington Trust and a Governing Fellow of Harris Manchester College Oxford.

Mary Riall
Mary Riall
Mary Riall

Became a Trustee in November 2015. Former teacher, founder and Chairman of the Ufton Court Educational Trust in Berkshire, which aims to inspire and challenge young people through learning outside the classroom. Previously on the Council of Bradfield College and governor at the John Madejski Academy and the Mortimer Schools Federation in Reading. High Sheriff for the Royal County of Berkshire 2020. Mary also follows in her father’s footsteps – Sir William Benyon was Chairman of ECT from 1992-2004.

Sir Bertie Ross
Sir Bertie Ross
Sir Bertie Ross

Became a Trustee in February 2014. He was formerly the Secretary and Keeper of the Records for the Duchy of Cornwall, until his retirement in June 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Trustee of several private estates in England and Scotland, Trustee and Director of The Pirbright Institute, and a former Court member of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.