Adrian Darby OBE (Chairman) founded Kemerton
Conservation Trust in 1989 and owns the Kemerton Estate, which collaborates closely with the Trust. He was a
fellow and tutor in economics at Keble College, Oxford University (1963–1985), and visiting lecturer in
environmental economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. He subsequently served as Chairman of the
RSPB (1986–1993), and Vice President from 1996 onwards. His other conservation roles include Chairman of
Plantlife International (1994-2002), Chairman of Planta Europa (1998-2004), trustee of the Herpetological
Conservation Trust (1995-), Chairman of the UK Committee of the World Conservation Union (1996–1999), board member
of the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency (1997-). Most recently he served as Chairman of the Joint Nature
Conservation Committee of the United Kingdom (2004-2007). Adrian was appointed OBE for services to nature
conservation in 1996.
Kate Connor lives in Herefordshire and
teaches architectural design at Bath University. She is also a practising architect, with an interest in
landscape and the natural environment.
Matthew Darby co-founded Kemerton
Conservation Trust in 1989. As well as helping to manage Kemerton Estate with his father, Adrian, Matthew
works as a consultant to the Landscape Agency as a landscape historian and designer. His other conservation
roles include: trustee of Iris Darnton Foundation in association with WWF (2004-); board member of Cotswolds
Conservation Board (2007-).
Peter Doble is farm manager of the Kemerton
Estate and brings to the Trust his in-depth knowledge and experience of the interface between farming and
conservation. He administers several agri-environment schemes on the Trust’s behalf.
Lord Howick of Glendale founded the
world-renowned Howick Arboretum in 1985, a collection of rare trees grown entirely from wild-origin seeds collected
in various temperate parts of the world, particularly China and Japan. He is currently a Trustee of the Royal
Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the Chelsea Physic Garden, as well as a member of the Advisory Council for Westonbirt
and Bedgebury Arboreta. The Garden and Arboretum at Howick had over 26,000 visitors last year.
Carl Nicholson has been a governor since the
Trust was founded. He worked for the RSPB from 1972 until his retirement in 2000. In 1978 he
set up the Midlands Regional Office at Droitwich. He has been involved in national exhibitions
and single species viewing projects - including peregrines, herons, red kites and ospreys. He has also
undertaken bird surveys and been involved in law enforcement. He now works for the RSBP on a voluntary
basis. Carl also has a farming background and managed a 200 acre fruit farm in Cambridgeshire prior
to his work for the RSPB.
Roger Workman has lived in Kemerton since
1968. He is prominent in local business as Chairman & Managing Director of Cotteswold Dairy Limited and
was a long-term supporter of KCT before becoming a Governor. He has been very involved in community events
and fundraising, serving for many years as a Parish Councillor and treasurer of Kemerton Village Hall. He has
a passion for protecting the wildlife and natural beauty of the Bredon Hill area.
Dr. Margaret Palmer MBE
divides her time between her home near
Peterborough and her nature reserve in New Zealand. In 1979 she joined the Nature Conservancy Council as a
freshwater ecologist and later was Head of Species Branch in JNCC. She now runs a one-woman consultancy. She
has served on Wildlife Trust and BSBI Committees and as a Trustee of Plantlife, the British Ecological
Society and Buglife.