Trustees

Denmark Farm is managed by a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) called The Shared Earth Trust, with a board of voluntary Trustees.

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

We are very grateful to our Trustees who are:

Aline Denton

Aline DentonAline has been involved with Denmark Farm for over 20 years, both as a volunteer and member of staff. On her first visit to Denmark Farm in the late 1990s she was immediately struck with the ethos if the site, and the way in which nature had been allowed to return – an early example of ‘re-wilding’ before the term had even been invented! She took up her current Trustee role in August 2020.

Following a 17 year career in the biotech sector (where she is currently employed on a part-time basis), Aline moved into the wildlife conservation sector and undertook a range of project roles with Denmark Farm and other organisations including The Vincent Wildlife Trust and Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. These roles enabled her to combine her interest in volunteer and public engagement work with her favourite activity – species survey – using a range of techniques to find, identify and record  everything from red squirrels and harvest mice to Mermaids purses and marine litter.  Aline also works as a bat ecologist with a consultancy in Aberystwyth on a seasonal basis, and is Chair of North Ceredigion Bat Group.

In her spare time, Aline enjoys bird-watching, walking, and spending time with her rescue hens.

Glenn Strachan – Chairperson

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.

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!

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