Trustees & Directors

Denmark Farm is managed by charity The Shared Earth Trust with a board of voluntary Trustees.

The Limited company, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre Ltd., is responsible for all the income generating activities of the trust. Both bodies (Trustees and Directors) work closely together and any profit is ploughed directly back into managing the 40 acre nature reserve.

We are currently seeking new Trustees and Directors, if you have the skills to offer more information can be found here.

We are very grateful to our Trustees and Directors who are:

Andy Smith

andy smith photoAndy was born in The Mumbles, and lived there for fifty years, enjoying Gower, before moving first to rural Carmarthenshire, then to Powys, where he now lives in Llandrindod Wells. He was lucky enough to start work in the infant IT industry in the late Sixties, and made that his career in both public and private sectors, leaving Powys County Council as Head of ICT and Customer Services to run his own management consultancy firm, working mainly with central government. Now retired, he is studying for a BA in Environmental Studies at the Open University, learning about environmental policy-making in an international context, which dovetails with activity at Denmark Farm and its unique conservation insight.

With his wife Lisa, Andy loves wildlife holidays, vegetable gardening, his caravan in North Gower, and his four grandchildren, so there’s still not enough hours in the day!

Glenn Strachan

DSCN0404 (2)Glenn first became involved with Denmark Farm through the Ceredigion Biodiversity Enhancement Scheme in 2004. He became a trustee of the Shared Earth Trust in 2010. He worked in farming for eight years when he first left school before going back into education and qualifying as a teacher. He has taught in schools, further education and higher education and was Head of Education at the Earth Centre, a large Millennium Project devoted to sustainable development. He currently works as a consultant in education for sustainable development and global citizenship. He is particularly interested in the educational aspects of Denmark Farm Conservation Centre and spends any spare time he has working on his own two acre smallholding approximately seven miles from Denmark Farm.

Guy Hopwood

Guy Hopwood photo croppedFollowing a degree in Agriculture & Forestry at Bangor University, Guy went on to obtain an MSc at Bangor University in Rural Resource Management.  Guy has worked for Environmental consultants ADAS for over 21 years in a variety of roles which has included on-farm advice, monitoring of agri-environment schemes and consultancy advice to Welsh Government and a range of commercial clients.  For the last 5 years he has focused on renewable energy including the development of Wind, Solar and Anaerobic Digestion projects across Wales and the UK.  

Guy took on the role of Director of DFCC Limited in 2012, which looks after the Eco-Lodge accommodation. Prior to becoming a Director, he was a Trustee for 8 years. He has a particular interest in sustainability, renewable energy and raising environmental awareness. In his spare time Guy enjoys walking, natural history and looking after his vegetable garden!

Lizzie Wilberforce

Lizzie Ffrwd 27-05-15Lizzie has had a life-long enthusiasm for natural history, and first moved to Ceredigion in the mid 1990s to study Environmental Biology at Aberystwyth University. Following a PhD in fungal ecology in Aberystwyth and a season on Skomer Island as a seabird field worker, she returned to Ceredigion in 2003 as a nature reserve manager for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, where she first started working  in partnership with Denmark Farm. She still works for the Wildlife Trust, in the role of Conservation Manager for west Wales. She is particularly interested in conservation land management, species conservation and biological recording, and hopes to bring this professional experience to support Denmark Farm. She is now based in Carmarthenshire but works throughout west Wales.

Moyrah Gall

moyrah-photoMoyrah moved to Wales to study an MA in Documentary Photography. Working globally, her photography predominantly concentrated on environment issues exploring impacts on land. Motivated by a diverse range of projects experienced led to an increased interest in conservation. Initially volunteering with Raleigh International, IVS, The Wildlife Trust, National Parks and The National Trust eventually led to employment in conservation. Moyrah first became involved with Denmark Farm whilst studying a HNC and HND in Field and Conservation Ecology with Aberystwyth University. She is now based in the Brecon Beacons and works in conservation across the Wye valley. She spends her spare time volunteering in undertaking practical woodland management with a local community group.

Mervyn Tucker

Mervyn was raised in Cornwall on a mixed farm with local breeds of cattle and sheep.  After leaving school, he quickly established himself as an Agricultural Contractor and became Assistant Manager of a firm that served the farming community across the Westcountry.  On his own small farm he participated in the first private-public conservation scheme with the Bridge Community Programme in Devon.  The farm had an extensive range of wildlife and was open to various community groups including youth training and local schools.

Graduating in Social Policy and Administration, Mervyn then worked within the Public Sector with a Housing Association, Community Development, and Social Work. He also holds a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies and has been a Trustee of a Mental Health Association.

Mervyn is particularly interested in landscape, land use and conservation, and is a firm believer that networking and communication play a vital role in conservation.

Neil Howard

Neil Howard

After completing a degree in agriculture at Bangor University Neil worked in ADAS as a soil scientist looking at ways of improving the productivity of the uplands in Wales.  A very different approach from what would be considered acceptable today!

He was allocated to the team managing agricultural headage payments on a move the Welsh Office is 1985 shortly before the Chernobyl nuclear emergency resulted in a three year interruption.  Neil has had various roles in managing some of the EU funds that come into Wales across diverse areas such as agriculture, forestry and food sectors; fisheries, aquaculture and the marine environment and broader rural economic development.

He was Chair of the Board of Trustee Directors of Cymryd Rhan an incorporated charity that provided supported living services to people with learning difficulties across parts of rural Wales.  He stood down in January 2015 after nine years.

Neil joined the board of Shared Earth Trust in November 2016 and sees opportunities for the development of Denmark Farm perhaps from a slightly different perspective given his day job of being a grant funder.

 

A Tribute to Gaby Grace 1951 – 2016