Our People

The National Forest Board 

Lord Duncan of Springbank 

John Everitt
Chief Executive

Tony Ballance
Chair of Remuneration Committee & Trustee 

Mike Kapur
Chair of Audit and Risk Committee & Trustee

Paddy Harrop
Chair of Land & Forestry Working Group & Trustee

Jack Buckner
Chair of Development Working Group & Trustee

Alison Field

Penny Coates

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

Andrew Bridge

Martin Traynor



The National Forest Team 

John Everitt 
Chief Executive

Louise Insley 
Governance Officer 

The Operations Team 

Louise Driver
Director of Operations 

Sam Lattaway
Head of Landscape, Biodiversity & Research

Heather Gilbert
Research & Evidence Manager

Philip Metcalfe
Green Infrastructure and Planning Manager

Eilish Gardner
Green Infrastructure and Planning Officer

Sarah Brown
Grants Officer

Ed Hiorns 
Woodland Advisor

Rosanna Rapacchietta
Woodland Advisor

Julie Attard 
Charnwood Forest Development Manager

Susan Kilby
Charnwood Forest Heritage Education Officer

Jack Matthews 
Charnwood Forest Geoheritage Conservation & Interpretation Officer

Helen Smith
Charnwood Forest Finance and Administration Officer

Gill Forrester
Community & Wellbeing Manager

Will Price
Outdoor Learning Officer

Hollie Davison
Project Officer

Zoe Sewter
Volunteer & Wellbeing Officer

Richard Drakeley 
Tourism Development Manager 

Jo Maker 
Arts Officer

Stuart Dainton
Estate Development Manager

Rob Cleaver
Forest Creation Manager

Simon Greenhouse 
Forest Estate Officer

George Green
Apprentice Forest Operative




The Corporate Services Team

Angela Beech
Director of Corporate Services

Katie Thornley
Finance Manager

Lucy Warren
Systems & Administration Manager

Samantha Hadfield
Database Administration Officer

Carla Robinson
Administration Officer - Development

Kat James
Administration Officer - Operations

Rebecca Donnan
Finance Officer 



The Development Team

David Bourque
Director of Development

Chris Ward
Product Development Manager

Leah Graham
Fundraising & Development Manager

Vicki James
Marketing Manager

Evie Holmes
Marketing Officer