Board Member Profiles

This page is in development and more details will be added to the profiles in the New Year.

Cllr Mark Anderson: BCP Council Representative (Joined 2020)

Mark Anderson is a councillor representing Queen’s Park in BCP Council, he has represented the ward since 2007 and has been involved in Environmental matters since then. He is now the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste with particular responsibility for Biodiversity.  Previously he has worked in the waste industry dealing with water treatment and has worked on denitrification of water.

Ruth Barden: Co-opted Board Member (Joined 2020)

Ruth is Director of Catchment & Environment at Wessex Water.

Will Bond: Independent Board Member & LNP Vice Chair (Joined 2013)

Will Bond has been Vice Chair of the LNP Board since its inception. He is a farmer and owner of the Holme Estate near Wareham on the poor, heathy, north Purbeck soils and the wet River Frome valley. The estate includes parts of the river with its fishing, flooding, drainage and ecological interests. The estate also includes forestry, quarrying, and three SSSIs. He installed one of the UK’s earliest District Heating Schemes into the hamlet of East Holme, fuelled by woodchip from ecological management on the estate. His renewables interest continues with solar and wind generation schemes under construction.

Will also founded Alaska Ecological Contracting, specialising in large scale, innovative, and sensitive habitat work around the UK. Over the last 40 years Alaska has enjoyed being at the forefront of new and better techniques and equipment to restore biodiversity. He has just stepped down from chairing the Dorset CLA, but remains on their national environment committee, and contributes to a number of other ecological and land management groups, including contributing specialist advice to the Committee for Climate Change. He is frustrated that so much emphasis is on planting trees, when it is the woodland soils that sequester most carbon.

Fiona Bowles: Co-opted Board Member (Joined 2019)

Fiona Bowles is an ecologist and manager with 40 years of experience in the water industry whose key interest in the holistic management of river catchment management. As chair of the two Catchment Partnerships within Dorset, the Poole Harbour and the Stour Catchment Initiatives, she has a long understanding of the water environment of Dorset, plus the financial and planning issues associated with the water industry. With a strong personal interest in chalk rivers, she is a trustee with the River Restoration Centre and the Wessex Rivers Trust, as well as having academic links to universities, the Game and Wildlife Trust and sitting on the NERC Advisory Network. As a member of the National Steering group for the Catchment based approach, her key interest is in the effective sharing of knowledge and partnership working for the benefit of nature for the Dorset countryside and coast.

Cllr Ray Bryan: Dorset Council Representative (Joined 2019)

Ray Bryan is the ward councillor for St Leonards and St Ives at Dorset Council. He is the Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment.

Angela Cott: Independent Board Member (Joined 2016)

Angela is the General Manger for Brownsea Island with the National Trust.

Dr Simon Cripps: Independent Board Member (Joined 2013)

Simon is an oceanographer. He is the Executive Director of Marine Conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) with a Marine Program of nearly 400 staff in 25 countries around the world.  He has a BSc in Biology from Portsmouth, an MSc Oceanography from Southampton, a PhD in Aquaculture Technology from Heriot-Watt, a Reader / Associate Professorship from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and a certificate in Business Sustainability Management from Cambridge University.  Simon has worked at all levels in conservation including: field surveys in fisheries and species management, academic research in the UK and Scandinavia; as Chief Scientist in a large applied research consultancy for the offshore industry in Stavanger; as Global Marine Director for WWF-International in Geneva; and CEO of Dorset Wildlife Trust. 

He has been a Dorset LNP Board member since its inception and was the LNP Chair for its first 8 years.  He has recently stepped down as a Poole Harbour Commissioner, but remains as an MMO appointee on the Board of the Southern Inshore Fisheries Authority (IFCA).  Simon grew-up in Poole and is deeply committed to the natural environment of Dorset.

Imogen Davenport: Co-opted Board Member (Joined 2020)

Imogen Davenport has been closely involved for over 20 years in nature conservation in Dorset, including development of biodiversity strategy, landscape-scale approaches, planning policy and Local Wildlife Sites (SNCIs), as well as development of Dorset Local Nature Partnership itself.   She has worked for Dorset Wildlife Trust since 1996, and as a member of the Senior Management Team since 2001. She currently heads up DWT’s Nature-based Solutions team.  She has a degree in Environmental Science and prior to moving to Dorset a background in environmental volunteering, ecological survey and countryside management. She was instrumental in setting up the LNP and has been a supporting officer since its formation and joining the board in 2020.

Pete Etheridge: Independent Board Member (Joined 2020)

Pete is a lifelong conservationist, which began with a work experience placement at Durlston Country Park at the age of 15. From there, he attained a BSc in Ecology and has worked in the environmental sector all of his working life. Pete now runs Greenwood Ecology & Countryside Management which is split into three main streams: 1) nature recovery/restoration; 2) sustainable woodland management; and 3) ecological consultancy. His experience covers a wide range of sectors, including nature conservation (surveys, monitoring, rewilding, habitat management), environmental planning, agroecology, agroforestry and sustainable woodland management.

Pete is also a Director of Dorset Coppice Group, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes coppicing and traditional woodland crafts across Dorset. Pete brings to the Board a desire to promote nature recovery within Dorset that is strategic, evidence based and led, on the whole, by local communities.

Lee Hardy OBE JP: Independent Board Member (Joined 2020)

Born in, and a life-long resident of, Dorset Lee Hardy is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the outstanding natural environment of the county.  His particular interest is the stunning Dorset coastal region where the marine domain and blue economy co-exist.  He is an advocate for technology and datasets which can be brought to bear to enrich sustainability and natural capital for the benefit of all.   

Following a long and operationally focused career in the Royal Navy, and latterly leading an overseas territory on behalf of the UK government, he now advises widely on blue economy matters.  He is also the director of Project Verumar which is assisting the government of the Philippines to combat the scourge of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Lee Hardy is a Poole Harbour Commissioner and a member of the Dorset Council Harbours Committee.  He is also active in the voluntary sector, serving as a magistrate on the Dorset bench, Vice-Chair of the Dorset Coastal Forum, as a member of the Dorset Local Access Forum and a trustee of  Poole Sea Cadets.

Cllr Rebecca Knox: Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board Representative (Joined 2020)

Rebecca Knox is Chairman of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board where she has focused on the important of place to address health inequalities and to promote prevention at scale.  Rebecca has lived in West Dorset all her life and represents the Beaminster area at Dorset Council since 2009 (formerly DCC).  As a Councillor Rebecca as held various positions including Leader of the Council but now focuses on the Health and Wellbeing Agenda and is also the Chair of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.  Prevention, place and green space are her policy area priorities.

Durwyn Liley: Independent Board Member (Joined 2020)

Durwyn is an enthusiastic naturalist and a committed environmentalist. He is a director and founder of Footprint Ecology, an ecological consultancy based in Purbeck that works across the UK undertaking nature conservation, conservation-planning and visitor survey projects. Working with local authorities, NGOs and statutory bodies, much of Footprint Ecology’s work concerns the UK’s most important wildlife sites. Durwyn’s research interests are focused on the interface between countryside access and nature conservation, and much of his work relates to understanding recreation use and managing access at countryside sites.

In Dorset, Durwyn’s work on urban impacts to wildlife sites, particularly around the Dorset Heaths and Poole Harbour have shaped planning policy and he has undertaken a range of Habitats Regulations Assessment work for local authorities in Dorset. Prior to founding Footprint Ecology, Durwyn worked for the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation and English Nature. He has authored a range of reports, journal papers and books, including co-authoring a guide to Britain’s Habitats.

Angela Pooley: Independent Board Member (Joined 2013)

Angela Pooley has been a Board Member for several years and has a long history of environmental campaigning.  Angela is co-ordinator of the local Friends of the Earth Group and is active in the BHActive Travel Forum that works to promote sustainable travel in the BCP area. She also volunteers regularly on practical conservation tasks.

Angela believes that protecting the natural environment is crucial, not only for Wildlife & dealing with climate change but for the health & wellbeing of everyone.  This is the main reason that Angela applied for a position on the Board as she sees the LNP as an opportunity to get this message out to local Councils; organisations & Business encouraging them to put environmental protection; sustainability and carbon reduction  at the centre of all major decisions.

Luke Rake: Dorset LEP Representative & LNP Chair

An Oxford-educated zoologist with a passion for physical engagement with the natural world and born and raised in Devon. Luke is currently Principal and Chief Executive of Kingston Maurward College.  A lifelong educator, specialising in biology alongside outdoor education, Luke has held roles in both schools and colleges including spells as Head of Biology and Head of Sixth Form.  Luke has held Fellowship of the Linnean Society for nearly 20 years in recognition for his work in promoting biological understanding.

As part of current wider engagement in Dorset, Luke is a board member of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board as Rural Lead, member of the Skills Group and LEP representative to the LNP.  He is also Chair of the Dorset’s Careers and Enterprise Steering group, where he advises on skills and training needs across the county, particularly within agri-envronment sectors, as well as being SW England Director for Landex, the national membership body for land-based colleges.

Cllr Felicity Rice: Independent Board Member

Felicity is a councillor for Oakdale ward, in Poole, for BCP Council. Previously Felicity worked as a GP, however left the NHS 5 years ago to focus on public health by setting up a small social enterprise called Fizz Bikes, enabling people to make an easy switch from using a car to going by electric bicycle. Through this, Felicity became fascinated by the huge impacts that road design has on active travel and the general health of the population, including air pollution, carbon footprint of transport and plastic pollution entering the watercourse through tyre and brake dust being washed off our roads. All of this led to Felicity becoming a councillor in May 2019, and the cabinet member for Environment and Climate Change (until Sept 2020). In this role, Felicity was council representative to the LNP, a committee member for the Dorset Pension Fund pushing the agenda on divestment, and chaired the cross party members group for climate action. Felicity is keen to develop an ethical procurement partnership across anchor institutes in Dorset, to create an economy that goes hand in hand with improving our amazing environment and improving the wellbeing of the population.

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