Friends of the Earth Trust
Funding and governance

Friends of the Earth Trust is committed to:

The protection and improvement of the environment
A good life for everyone who lives on our planet
A green economy that respects the limits of the natural world

Our charitable objectives

1. The advancement of education for the public benefit 

In particular, the advancement of education in ecology, natural history, resource conservation, sustainable development and environment studies.

2. The conservation, protection and sustainable use for the public benefit of the earth's natural environment

Including bio-diversity, atmosphere, water, land and natural resources.

3. The promotion of sustainable development for the benefit of the public by:

  • the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources
  • conducting or commissioning research and publishing the results of such research.

'Sustainable development' means improving the quality of life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems and the natural environment.

Board of Friends of the Earth Trust

Bonnie Anley

Elected to 2018

Bonnie lives in Northern Ireland. She is Chair of Friends of the Earth Limited, Chair of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, and a Director with Mourne Country Park Limited. Bonnie has an MA (Trinity College Dublin) and an MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development’ (Queens University, Belfast). Bonnie is a member of the Institute of Directors and in 2016 she completed the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction.

Tony Burton

Co-opted to 2017 (Vice Chair)

Tony is Vice Chair of the Big Lottery Fund and Executive Chair of Sustainable Homes. He was awarded a CBE in the Jubilee Honours in 2012, and has been a Board Director of both the National Trust and CPRE, and has chaired Wildlife and Countryside Link.

Chris Church

Elected to 2017

Chris is Director of the Community Environment Associates consultancy and chairs the Climate Action England (formerly the UK Low Carbon Communities Network). He also works with excluded communities for the Big Lottery ‘Big Local’ programme, is a director of Mapping for Change, an Honorary Research Associate at University College London, and an Associate of the Green Alliance and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Roger Clarke

Co-opted to 2018 (Chair)

Roger has a lifetime's interest in the relationship between people and the environment, and the search for sustainable patterns of living. He was formerly a Director at the Countryside Commission, CEO at the Youth Hostels Association, and a board member at Natural England. He has a BA in geography (Oxford University) and a PhD (McGill University, Montreal).

Kate Hand

Elected to 2019

Kate is a Senior International Policy Officer at RSPB. She has a BA in English Literature (Durham University), and an MA in English Literature (UCL).

Kay Polley

Elected from July 2017

Kay lives in North Wales, and has been an active member of the Llangollen and District Friends of the Earth group since 2010. Since 2011 she has been the lead community organiser for TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities), an alliance of community organisations, faith groups, and schools in North Wales. Kay is a Welsh learner and hopes to become fluent one day.

Afsheen Rashid

Co-opted to 2019

Afsheen is Repowering’s Co-founder Director and Chief Operating Officer and sits as Chair of the Brixton Energy Solar Co-operatives. She is also Chair of Community Energy England. She pioneered Lambeth Council’s Community Energy Programme and was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at Department of Energy Climate Change.

Anne Schiffer

Elected to 2017

Anne recently completed a PhD at Queen's University Belfast that critiques the role of designers in international development and has a specific focus on designing energy futures in The Gambia. She also works as Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University.

Bill Swan

Co-opted to 2017

Bill has been a member of Friends of the Earth for over 25 years. He is managing Director of BPR Group and in 2006 he founded Carbon Smart. He has a MA in Natural Sciences (Cambridge University).

Matt Wright

Elected from July 2017

Matt has a career spanning public, private and not for profit sectors, including roles as Head of Digital and Corporate Marketing at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust; Deputy Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at Shelter; and Head of Marketing and Communications at The Carbon Trust. Matt currently works in marketing/communications consultancy for a range of clients, supports a range of environmental causes, and is a keen sailor and walker. He has an MBA from Cranfield and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University.