LNP Board Members

The LDN LNP board is made up of senior figures from a wide range of organisations that represent the following sectors:

  • environment
  • education
  • business
  • land owners
  • health
  • community.

Click on a board member’s name for more information about them:

Mike Ashworth- Strategic Director of Economy, Transport and Environment, Derbyshire County Council

Mike has more than 30 years’ experience working for several local authorities in Derbyshire and has been in his current role since June 2013. He oversees a portfolio that includes regeneration, transport, countryside, waste, highways and planning. Mike is currently chairman of the ADEPT Transport Board and holding the position of Deputy Chief Executive.

Janice Bradley - Head of Conservation Policy and Planning, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Janice has overarching responsibility for all the Trust’s conservation work, both on its nature reserves and in the wider countryside. This role encompasses significant elements of the Trust’s advocacy, campaigning and policy development work and also the development and delivery of their Living Landscape Areas. In addition, Janice’s work includes mineral, waste and strategic planning responses, technical input to nature reserve management, budgeting and finance, working with farmers, landowners and local authorities, partnership development, fundraising, overseeing our grazing programme and managing delivery of a wide range of externally funded conservation projects.

Previously, Janice has worked as a professional ecologist in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including 3 years in a senior ecology role in the minerals industry, and 4 years in Local Government running a countryside management project, and has been involved in the town and country planning system, either as an external consultee, applicant, or from within a Local Authority, for over 20 years. This has included both Public Inquiry and Public Examination work and Janice has also given evidence to the Environment Audit Committee of the House of Commons.

Janice has a B.Sc. in Biology and an M.Sc. in Countryside Management and is a full member of CIEEM and also a chartered environmentalist.

Patrick Candler, Chairman, Sherwood Forest Regional Park Board (temporary LNP Board member)

Patrick’s biography coming soon.

Andrew Critchlow - County Adviser for Derbyshire, National Farmers Union

Andrew has been the National Farmers Union County Adviser for Derbyshire since 2012. A role which involves representing Derbyshire agriculture and liaising with the many stakeholders the industry has.

Having gained an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science from Nottingham University in 1986 he returned to the family farm in Edale, Hope Valley. Then a small dairy and sheep farm which was modernised and expanded he also took the management of a small upland estate in the valley which included 1,200 acres of moorland on Kinder Scout. This land has multiple conservation designation: SSSI, SPA & SAC and is currently in Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme.

In 2006 Andrew decided to cease fulltime farming, sold the dairy herd and embarked on a series of short term contracts which included advising the national Catchment Sensitive Farming team and delivering advice to farmers on behalf of Business Link and Natural England.

Outside agriculture, Andrew has been a past member of the Peak National Park Authority and was its Deputy Chair for two years. Currently he is Chair of Hope Valley College Academy Governing Board

Paul Dunn - Elected Member, Derbyshire County Council

Paul’s biography coming soon.

Prof. Mike Ellis - Director of Land, Soil and Coast, British Geological Survey

Mike Ellis hails from south London and was briefly educated at the University of Wales in Swansea before emigrating to the USA in his early 20s. There he was awarded a PhD in Geology from Washington State University, and he subsequently spent most of his professional career in the States, most recently as a Professor of Geology at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis. He has also worked for the National Science Foundation, Washington DC, as the inaugural director of the geomorphology and land-use program.

In 2008, Mike returned to the UK to take up the post of Science Director in what is now called the Land, Soil, and Coast Directorate at the British Geological Survey. Within the LSC, Mike oversees a team of research scientists whose mission is to understand how terrestrial and coastal environments may respond to future scenarios of climate and land-use change. This research involves the development of numerical models and innovative methods of acquiring new observational data to constrain those models.

Mike is also an editor of the scientific journal Earth’s Future and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group, which is overseeing the process by which the newly proposed geological age of humans is ratified by the gatekeepers of Earth’s chronology.

Mike has published close to a hundred papers in international journals, in topics ranging from earthquakes to mountain building, from climate change to coastal change. He happens to think that the Earth is moving into an unprecedented chapter in its evolution in which the human process (including the process of law) is fundamentally changing the way the Earth operates. He is also a big fan of jazz and furniture making.

John Everitt - CEO, National Forest Company

John is CEO of the National Forest Company, the body that coordinates the creation and management of The National Forest and drives the regeneration of the landscape, economy and communities across 200 square miles of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

He is also a Committee Member for the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East Midlands, helping to determine priorities and spending on a range of lottery projects.

John was previously Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for six years and prior to that headed up The Wildlife Trusts’ national work on policy and advocacy for more than ten years.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent.

John is married with two children and has interests in cycling, the outdoors and tai chi.

Tim Farr (Chair)

Tim graduated with a joint honours degree in history and law at Cambridge and trained as a lawyer before working as marketing manager for a Nottingham Brewery until it was taken over.

He then moved into arable farming and after 15 years as a sole trader formed a farming partnership with four other farmers in Nottinghamshire that was set up to progress innovative and sustainable farming practices and develop local food marketing infrastructure. He currently farms 1,250 acres, mainly arable, but with about 100 acres of grassland supporting sheep and cattle and with extensive riverside frontage. The farm is in the Entry Level Scheme, and is also noted for the quality of the willows it produces, many of which end up as cricket bats in the hands of international players.

He is strongly committed to public service (with particular reference to flooding, of which he has considerable personal experience), becoming a member in 2000 and then chairman in 2005 of the Newark Internal Drainage Board. He remains a board member of the Trent Valley IDB, which was formed in 2012 by the amalgamation of four Nottinghamshire IDBs, a process he was charged by Defra with overseeing. He was appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment to the Midlands (both Severn and Trent rivers) Flood Defence Committee in 2003, becoming its chairman in 2006, and was appointed chairman of the Trent Flood and Coastal Committee, when the Midlands RFDC was reformed and divided between the Trent and Severn rivers in 2012.

Since 2012 he has been a trustee of the Trent Rivers Trust and since 2013 has played a leading role in the Catchment Based Approach to water quality (“CaBA”), chairing the River Idle Management Partnership in North Nottinghamshire. He joined the newly formed Board of ADA (Association of Drainage Authorities) in 2013 and has been closely involved with ADA and Defra in the work to develop local fund raising mechanisms for flood risk management in Somerset.

Chris Hughes - Chairman of Governing Council, Derby University

Chris Hughes is currently Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University of Derby having held that role for three years. He worked in radio - firstly with the BBC in both local, national and overseas services and then in the commercial sector running stations in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. He retired as Business Development Director for GCap Media in London - owners of Classic FM and stations across the country.

Passionate about wildlife, wild places and birds in particular he has travelled widely across Europe and Asia in pursuit of his passion. He is currently treasurer of both Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East.

Chris is also a national trustee of AGE UK and serves on their finance, partnerships and nominations committees.

Malcolm Lawer - Acting Regional Head of Estates, Tarmac

Malcolm’s biography coming soon.

Frank Lucas - Conservation Manager, RSPB

Frank is the Midlands Region Conservation Manager for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. He is responsible for the RSPB’s conservation work across 13 counties of the Midlands, including Nottinghamshire and lowland Derbyshire. In 2010 he established the RSPB Midlands ‘Futurescapes’ programme, promoting an integrated partnership-based approach to landscape-scale conservation in six Midlands landscapes, including Sherwood Forest and the Trent Valley. Within the RSPB he also has a national role as Chair of the Broadleaved Woodland Nature Recovery Group, which maintains oversight of the RSPB’s broadleaved woodland conservation work.

Frank joined the RSPB as a Conservation Officer in 1988. Prior to that he worked for a number of Wildlife Trusts across southern England. Frank graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a BSc(Hons) in Zoology, and from University College London in 1986 with an MSc in Biological Conservation. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and is a Chartered Environmentalist.

Outside work Frank enjoys travel, gardening and understanding rare breeds of livestock. He is a Board Member of Hook Norton Low Carbon, which promotes low-carbon living in his home village.

Dave Parker, East Midlands Area Operations Manager, Natural England

Dave has been with Natural England since its inception and before that worked for the Countryside Agency, which he joined in 1999. He has a degree in Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Countryside Management, which he put to practical use over 15 years spent as a local authority countryside ranger and manager.

Dave has enjoyed working in a number of disciplines during his time in Natural England and considers himself more a generalist than a specialist although he has a particular interest in public access and engagement and at one point lead the team responsible for all of England’s National Trails. As ops manager he now takes a lead on Natural England’s regulatory responsibilities in spatial planning and licencing in the East Mids, manages a team of senior technical specialists and also has responsibility for governance and risk, including staff health, safety and welfare.

Dave lives in Grantham with his wife, three children (two at uni) and dog Mossy. He’s a keen amateur musician, enjoys his garden and allotment and keeps fit by dancing with his local morris side!

Helen Ross - Public Health Manager, Nottingham City Council

Experience: Helen Ross is an Insight Specialist Public Health Manager with over 15 years’ experience leading on Sustainable Development and Public Health in the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area. She has worked at both local and regional level with the NHS, the Department of Health and, more recently, with the Local Authority.

Regional: Whilst with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS East Midlands, she developed the East Midlands NHS Sustainable Development Network and the East Midlands NHS Carbon Reduction Project which clearly illustrated that NHS organisations and care homes can reduce carbon emissions, save money and improve health. Pilots addressed seven action areas including Energy, Procurement, Care Homes, Travel, Food, Green space on or near to NHS land and reducing Waste, in order to improve the health and wellbeing of staff, patients and communities. The project yielded savings of 2,556 tonnes of CO2e and £1.5 million across all areas trialled.

Local: Helen Ross, based in Nottingham City, is the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire lead for NHS England’s Sustainable Development Unit. She also chairs the Nottingham City Health and Housing Board.

Profession and qualifications: Helen is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health, has a Master of Public Health post graduate degree and an Honours degree in Social Sciences.

Jo Smith - Chief Executive, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Following a degree in Biological Sciences from Durham University, Jo completed a PhD and then spent a few years working in academia undertaking research and lecturing in both the UK and USA. Jo then moved to the environment sector to become more involved in inspiring people about the natural world. Since then Jo has worked for Norfolk County Council as well as a number of different NGOs including the Field Studies Council and Sustrans.

Jo also has 12 years worth of experience of working for the Wildlife Trusts having worked for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Durham Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Whilst at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Jo advised NERC on communication and audience participation and led on several key landscape-scale projects including the successful £10 million Humberhead Levels NIA programme, an innovative Nature Tourism Programme, and a lucrative Beef Box Grazing programme, in addition to establishing several successful visitor centres.

Jo took on the role of Chief Executive for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in May 2014, and currently also sits on the Boards for the Derbyshire Environmental Trust.

Tony Walker - Deputy Managing Director, Toyota UK

Tony joined Toyota at Toyota Manufacturing UK, as General Manager, Human Resources in 1990. As one of the first employees of Toyota Manufacturing UK he played a fundamental role in the establishment and development of the company, before taking up a new challenge in Toyota Motor Europe’s HQ in Brussels in 2001.

At Toyota Motor Europe he held the position of Vice President of Human Resources and, at different times, senior positions in Manufacturing Corporate Planning and Production Planning & Project Management.

Tony returned to Toyota Manufacturing UK in January 2010 to take up the role of Deputy Managing Director, with direct responsibility for the functions of HR, Accounting & Finance, Corporate Planning, External Affairs and Production Control. In April 2014 he also became Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office.

Tony is a Vice President of the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), is on the Automotive Council and Chairman of the Automotive Council Business Environment and Skills Group. He is also Chairman of the Lowland Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Local Nature Partnership. In 2015 Tony was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire.

Tony has worked for Toyota for 25 years and in the motor industry for 38 years.

He graduated from Newcastle-upon-Tyne University with a BSc Hons in Psychology in 1977, taking up a graduate trainee position within the motor industry. He has Honorary Doctorates from the University of Derby and from Nottingham Business School.

Maureen Whittaker, Associate Director of Public Health, Derbyshire County Council

Maureen’s biography coming soon.

Forthcoming board meeting dates


  • 2pm Tuesday 4th July
  • 2pm Tuesday 10th October.