Mainland Residents Could Get Greater Say In Scilly’s Wildlife Trust

wildlife trust van 2015Mainland residents could be given a greater role in setting the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust’s policies.

It’s their AGM today and members will be asked to back a change to the Trust’s governing documents to allow non-residents to get involved at the highest level.

There are currently ten trustees and the existing rules mean they must live on the islands.

This afternoon members will be asked to vote to scrap that restriction to allow two mainland residents to be appointed to the governing body, which acts like a board of directors.

The Trust says it will bring extra skills and “oversight.”

If the amendment is approved this afternoon then there are already two mainland residents who wish to stand for election.

Rosemary Teverson has worked in conservation management for 35 years. She comes on holidays here.

Tony Richardson recently retired as the RSPB regional director for the southwest.

Existing trustees Tim Allsop and Ken Christopher are seeking re-election. And there are two new potential trustees standing.

Barry Archer was the Council’s treasurer and deputy chief executive until 2007. He tells Radio Scilly that he is particularly interested in the finances of the Trust, having spent his career in local authority accounting. He’s also a trustee of the Scillonian Club.

Former Islands’ Partnership tourism coordinator Amanda Pender is also putting her name forward. Amanda lives on Bryher where she operates her family seafood business.

She says she’s lucky to be able to live, work and bring up a family here, but Amanda says there is a cost to managing the environment and she hopes that her previous experience in securing grant funding at both the LAG and the Islands’ Partnership will assist the Trust in their work going forward.

The meeting takes place at the Garden Pavilion, next to the Parish Church, at 3pm today.

One Response to Mainland Residents Could Get Greater Say In Scilly’s Wildlife Trust