Our People

The National Forest Board 

Lord Duncan of Springbank 

John Everitt
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 
Chief Executive


The Operations Team 

Louise Driver
Director of Operations 

Sam Lattaway
Head of Land Policy & Research

Heather Gilbert
Research & Evidence Manager

Patrick Irene
Spatial Analyst

Philip Metcalfe
Green Infrastructure and Planning Manager

Eilish Gardner
Green Infrastructure and Planning Officer

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 Officer

Stuart Dainton
Head of Land Management & Estates

Rob Cleaver
Forest Creation Manager

Simon Greenhouse 
Forest Estate Officer

Ed Hiorns 
Lead Woodland Advisor

Rosanna Rapacchietta
Woodland Advisor

Thibaut Lambrey de Souza
Community Ranger

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 Officer 

Lucy Warren
Systems & Administration Manager

Samantha Hadfield
Database Administration Officer

Kat James
Administration Officer - Operations



The Development Team

David Bourque
Director of Development

Chris Ward
Product Development Manager

Carla Robinson
Fundraising Officer

Vicki James
Marketing Manager

Evie Holmes
Marketing Officer

Carolyn Bointon
Press Officer


The Commercial Team

Iain Gordon
Commercial Director