Our People

The National Forest Board 

Dr Tony Ballance

John Everitt OBE FRSA
Chief Executive

Mike Kapur
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee & Trustee

Paddy Harrop
Chair of Land & Forestry Working Group & Trustee

Alison Field

Penny Coates

Ruth Evans

Matt Robinson

Anne Jenkins
Chair of Tourism, Recreation and Communities Working Group & Trustee



The National Forest Team 

John Everitt OBE FRSA
Chief Executive


The Operations Team 

Louise Driver
Director of Operations 

Sam Lattaway
Head of Land Policy & Research

Heather Gilbert
Research & Evidence Manager

Finlay Ratcliffe
Research Support Officer

Philip Metcalfe
Green Infrastructure and Planning Manager

Eilish Gardner
Green Infrastructure and Planning Officer

Jo Gilkes
Heart of the Forest Programme Manager

Sarah Brown
Grants Officer

Julie Attard 
Charnwood Forest Development Manager

Susan Kilby
Charnwood Forest Heritage Education Officer

Alison Brand-Barker
Charnwood Community Engagement Officer

Jack Matthews 
Charnwood Forest Geoheritage Conservation & Interpretation Officer

Helen Smith
Charnwood Forest Finance and Administration Officer

Gill Forrester
Community & Wellbeing Manager

Hollie Davison
Project Officer

Zoe Sewter
Volunteer & Wellbeing Officer

Richard Drakeley 
Tourism Development Manager 

Jo Maker 
Arts & Creativity Manager

Stuart Dainton
Head of Land Management & Estates

Rob Cleaver
Forest Creation Manager

Simon Greenhouse 
Forest Estate Officer

Ed Hiorns 
Woodland Manager

Ross Phillips
Woodland Advisor

Charlotte Garner
Midlands Forest Network Project Manager

Zita Milwain
Midlands Forest Network Project Coordinator

George Green
Apprentice Forest Operative




The Corporate Services Team

Amanda Fletcher 
Director of Corporate Services

Katie Thornley
Head of Finance

Rebecca Donnan
Finance Officer 

Louise Insley
Governance Manager

Lucy Warren
Corporate Services Manager

Samantha Hadfield
Systems and Data Officer

Kat James
Corporate Services Officer 

Helen Gravett 
Corporate Services Officer 

Nikki Sheahan
Corporate Services Officer 


The Development Team

Carolyn Sankey
Director of Development

Chris Ward
Product Development Manager

Jim Vickrage
Fundraising Manager

Carla Robinson
Fundraising Officer

Vicki James
Marketing Manager

Evie Holmes
Marketing Officer

Carolyn Bointon
Press Officer


The Commercial Team

Iain Gordon
Commercial Director