Meet the Team - Trustees

Trustees

MWT's Council of Trustees is elected by the members, at our Annual General Meeting, for a term of three years. These are the people who are responsible for the control and management of the administration of the charity.  Their role is to support MWT staff, set policy matters, oversee the financial status of the charity and to promote the charity objectives.

A number of sub-committees oversee major areas of MWT work: education, finance, fundraising and development and research. 

Manx Wildlife Trust’s Annual General Meeting is held each May or June and all members are welcome to attend.  We encourage our members to stand for Council too. If you could dedicate some time (perhaps you have an expertise which could be helpful to us), then please contact us for more information.

Vivienne Davis - Chair of Council

Viv Davis

Viv‘s career covered a wide range of roles in the financial services industry. She retired from her position as Island Head for a leading International Private Bank in 2005. Following retirement, Viv was a lay Board member of the Office of Fair Trading for 10 years and Secretary of the now-defunct Manx Organic Network for 4 years. Her interest in wildlife has been a constant in her life so being able to devote more time to volunteering for Manx Wildlife Trust was a given. Following several years involved with the MWT Northern supporter group and various other volunteering opportunities, Viv became a Trustee of MWT in 2012. She was appointed Vice-Chair in 2013 and Chair in November 2016. With her husband, Ian, she enjoys gardening and travel – and continued fundraising events for MWT of course!

Paul Seaward - Treasurer

Paul seaward

Paul moved to the IOM in 1979 where he trained to be a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1984. Over the years he has worked across a variety of service areas including audit, insolvency, forensics, ship management and the corporate and fiduciary services industry.

In 2015, after working for over 37 years, he decided to retire from full time working and take the opportunity to start a new phase of life. However, to have a transition from full-time work he took on some non-executive director appointments and to get involved with charitable work.

Paul was appointed as Treasurer of the Manx Wildlife Trust in June 2016 and has served as a director of Wildlife Limited, a company owned by the Manx Wildlife Trust, since 1996.

He enjoys gardening, gym, walking and travel.

David Allvey - Chair, Biodiversity Impact Committee

David Allvey

David started his career as a Civil Engineer working for a number of UK based International Companies before starting his own Infrastructure Company. Enjoying the experience of managing business encouraged him to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

His business background and qualifications then led to employment with Major Global Business’s in Finance and Operational Executive roles. The businesses included Retail, Manufacturing, Reforestation/Agriculture, Travel, Hospitality and most aspects of Financial Services including Banking, Insurance and Asset Management.

In 2001, David semi-retired to take up Non-Executive Director roles and eventually moved to the IOM with his wife Alison in 2015. They both enjoy hiking in the glorious Manx countryside, social involvement in the local community and travel, when not limited by pandemics.

Kim Etherton - Chair, Public Engagement Committee

Kim Etherton

A childhood spent abroad sparked an enduring passion for the natural world, reflected in my work, holidays and hobbies (wildlife watching).

My parents moved to the IOM in 1968 and I moved here in 2007.  

I’ve worked for the Whale Research Unit; Windsor Safari Park - education; Berkshire Education Authority - head of an Environmental Education Centre; The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust - Education Officer and then Marketing/PR Manager; Visitor Centre Manager at Titchfield Haven NNR then area team leader, Hampshire County Council; DEFA Countryside Care Scheme Project Officer, local food marketing and finally Fisheries Directorate – policy, legislation and project management.  I also worked for Manx BirdLife for a short period of time.

 Qualifications include BSc (Hons) in Zoology and Comparative Physiology; MSc in Applied Ecology; Certificate in Teaching in Further Education; certificate from the Communications, Advertising and Marketing Foundation plus many courses on Health and Safety, Public Relations (Institute of Public Relations) and all aspects of marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing). 

As a MWT Trustee,  I hope to use my experience for the benefit of Manx Wildlife.

Jaime Amoedo

Jamie Amoedo

Jaime is currently Country Head of HSBC Isle of Man and has 30 years of experience in the international banking industry, working in Spain, Turkey and Italy. Before HSBC, Jaime held a number of senior banking and finance roles at BNL-BNP, Grupo Ferrovial, and JP Morgan Chase. His career has been focused on supporting the growth and internationalisation of businesses, especially in the engineering, telecoms and digital industries. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, and Master’s degrees in Environmental Management, Business Administration, Finance, and Digital Marketing.

He has over 20 years of experience as ED and NED in numerous boards. In addition to his role as Trustee of the Manx Wildlife Trust, he is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Isle of Man, as well as Digital Isle of Man. He also enjoys lecturing, having been a Professor of Finance at the EOI Business School in Madrid for over a decade. 

Jaime is also a passionate environmentalist and the founder of PlasticBusters which counts with thousands of volunteers in 103 countries working to protect the environment.

Simon Cain

Simon Cain

Simon, who is originally from the Isle of Man, read modern languages at university and then became a lawyer. He worked in Liverpool and South Yorkshire before returning to the Island where he became a partner in the Island's largest firm, Appleby, where he practised corporate and finance law for over 20 years. He has five sons and almost as many boats and also enjoys sailing and the outdoors.

Stephanie Foxton

Stephanie Foxton

Stephanie’s career has covered a wide range of roles in the high education sector, formerly as an advisor for a UK Government panel. Upon returning to the Isle of Man in 2020, she began her role at the Communications and Utilities Regulatory Authority as a Regulatory Assistant.

With an undergraduate degree from York St John University (BA Hons English Language & Linguistics) and a postgraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh (MSc Applied Linguistics), Stephanie used her time at university to volunteer for various charities and participated in campaigns that focused on embedding sustainability within curriculum design, maintaining green spaces on campus, and addressing the climate emergency.

Stephanie previously served as a Trustee for York St John Students’ Union for two years which, together with other leadership roles she has filled during her career to date, provided valuable experience of strategy, campaigning, and public engagement. Often called an ‘outdoor enthusiast’, Stephanie believes strongly in the link between a healthy environment and positive wellbeing.

Dr Rachel Glover

Rachel Glover

Dr Rachel Glover is the Chief Scientific Officer at Taxa Genomics, a Manx company providing DNA testing services to the environmental and veterinary industry. After originally training as a molecular microbiologist she spent fourteen years at the UK Government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) in the Detection and Surveillance Technologies team, developing and validating DNA tests for the statutory diagnosis of pathogens. With the advent of the latest genomic sequencing technologies she led the agency’s genomic analysis offering as lead computational biologist. Her research interests include genomic epidemiology, biodiversity informatics and improving metagenomics and metabarcoding methods for species detection. She was born and raised on the Isle of Man and returned to the Island in 2017.

Steve Gray

Steve Gray

Steve has nearly 20 year’s experience in the environment sector, with a particular interest in developing partnerships for the benefit of people, nature and communities. Formerly Chief Executive of Earthwatch Europe and Delivery Director at the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Steve’s current role focuses on the development of national corporate partnerships at the Canal & River Trust.

Steve previously served as a Trustee of the Marine Conservation Society for 7 years which, together with the leadership roles he has filled during his career to date, provided valuable experience of charity governance, strategy, and monitoring and reporting impact.

With a degree an undergraduate degree from the University of Southampton (BA Geography & Archaeology) and postgraduate from UCL (MA Managing Archaeological Sites), Steve has a lifelong interest in the natural world (birds and butterflies in particular) and believes strongly in the intrinsic link between a healthy environment, nature recovery and human wellbeing.

John Hunter

John Hunter

Having been a member of the Young Ornithologists at the age of eleven, being outdoors and enjoying the countryside has always been a passion. Indeed my favourite bolt hole, whenever I get the opportunity, is the RSPB reserve at Minsmere and enjoying the wonderful Suffolk coastline. 

Never, however, has fauna, flora and wildlife been under more threat and that includes here on the Isle of Man.

I feel privileged to be able to offer my support as a Trustee to the Manx Wildlife Trust who are doing an incredible amount of work to support our fabulous environment – and who need as much help as we as a community can give them.

My background is 40 years in financial services experience, which has seen me in senior management roles across several major banks, working across a wide spectrum of sectors and having held director-level positions in various subsidiary businesses for banks.

I moved to the Isle of Man in 2007 having previously worked in London, Cambridge, Bristol and Guernsey – and the Isle of Man is now home especially as my four grandchildren have been born here.

Sophie Pearce

Sophie Pearce

Sophie has 15+ years of experience working for start-ups in fintech and payments and has an MBA from Hult-Ashridge Business School. Sophie’s current role is Head of Product Commercialisation for a global payments company.

Sophie returned to the Island over 10 years ago and lives in the North of the Island with her family. Sophie believes the Isle of Man is a unique and extraordinary place to live and has been involved in charitable causes that help to support its people and environment since 2014. Sophie became a Trustee of Manx Lottery Trust in November 2018 and a Trustee of Manx Wildlife Trust in March 2021. Sophie’s involvement in MWT focuses on the fundraising and commercial activities that support its charitable initiatives.

Roger Pullin

Rodger Pullin

Roger Pullin holds a B.Sc. (Hons., 1st Class) in Zoology from Imperial College and a D.Phil. from York University. In 1968, he came to the Island to lecture at the Port Erin Marine Laboratory and became the Trust’s Founder Secretary in 1973. From 1980-1999, he led strategic research on aquaculture, biodiversity and genetic resources at ICLARM, Manila, which he represented at the Convention on Biological Diversity and IUCN. From 2000, he has consulted for Asian Development Bank, FAO, and teams assessing oil spill impacts. He returned to the Island in 2017 and lives in Port St. Mary.

 

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas

Paul is Manx born and bred with a long-standing love for nature and the protection of the environment.  As well as being a qualified Field Guide of Southern Africa and a Climate Reality Leader, he has a well-established business background in project management and finance and is currently Head of Portfolio Management Office in the Business Change Services Division of Isle of Man Government, Cabinet Office.  As a Trustee, he will work to ensure that Manx Wildlife Trust achieve their strategic objectives by supporting the planning, delivery and governance of initiatives, which he hopes will mean that his young sons Jesse and Joel, and all future generations, will be able to experience the wonder of nature that the Island has to offer. 

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