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:

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.

Jessie Docherty

Jessie lives in Ciliau Aeron and works as a holistic massage therapist and glamping provider. She moved to Wales 6 years ago from Bristol where she worked in regeneration in its many different forms from community based to urban planning to market towns. She is a qualified social enterprise advisor.

She grew up grubbing about in the rivers and rock pools of Exmoor in North Devon before her family moved to London which ensured a lifelong devotion to the Wild and an enduring heart felt understanding of why we need it. Before she was somehow sidetracked into the complex world of economic regeneration her passion was conservation and she holds a Certificate in Conservation from Birkbeck College. Her passion now however is people. What moves the, drives them, holds them together and brings them their ease. For this reason she specialises in marketing which is all about talking to people and tourism which is concerned with providing people with a ‘sacred space’ outside their day to day lives. She joined the board in 2018 to focus on these areas.

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.

Guy Hopwood

Following a degree in Agriculture & Forestry at Bangor University, Guy went on to obtain an MSc at Bangor University in Rural Resource Management.  Guy worked for Environmental consultants RSK ADAS for over 24 years in a variety of roles which included on-farm advice, monitoring of agri-environment schemes and project management of consultancy advice to Welsh Government and a range of commercial clients. 

From 2010 Guy focused particularly on renewable energy including the development of Wind, Solar and Anaerobic Digestion projects across Wales and the UK.  Guy left RSK ADAS in 2018 and now runs his own renewable energy and environmental consultancy business, he is also a director of a local community energy wind project (Grannell Community Energy) and is a mentor for Renew Wales. 

As well as taking part in practical conservation management at Denmark Farm, he has also become (slightly unwittingly!) a technical expert for our biomass heating system and anything to do with the Denmark Farm Glastir scheme agreement.  He has a particular interest in sustainability, renewable energy and raising environmental awareness.  In his spare time Guy enjoys walking, cooking, cycling, natural history and looking after his vegetable garden!

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