The Boards of Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth consists of two separate companies which work closely together: Friends of the Earth Trust and Friends of the Earth Limited.

Board Members


Bonnie Anley

  • Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust. Elected to 2018.
  • Director of Friends of the Earth Limited
  • Member of: Performance, Finance and Audit Committee
  • Resident in Northern Ireland

MA (Trinity College Dublin) and MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development (Queens University Belfast). Group Coordinator of Friends of the Earth, Banbridge & Mourne. Steering Group member of Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland (TIN). Board Member of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. Heads up a consultancy company called New Way Solutions, which focuses on the interface between environmental idealism and commercial practice.


Chris Church

  • Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust. Elected to 2017.
  • Director of Friends of the Earth Limited
  • Member of:  Board Development Committee

Chris is Director of the CEA (Community Environment Associates) consultancy and has worked on community engagement in environment and climate issues since 1990. Chris chairs the UK Low Carbon Communities Network and represents it on the Community Energy Coalition. Since 1990 Chris has worked on many community development programmes with agencies including CDF (The Community Development Foundation). He still works directly with many community projects, including work with excluded communities for the Big Lottery ‘Big Local’ programme. Chris is a director of Mapping for Change, a social enterprise focusing on the use of GIS technology with local communities, based at University College London where he is an Honorary Research Associate. He is an Associate of the Green Alliance and a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission appointed by the Mayor of London. He is an active member of Oxford Friends of the Earth.

Q:  What’s your biggest Environmental concern / passion?
A:  Climate justice.

Q:  What’s the best campaign Friends of the Earth has ever done?
A:  Action against CFCs.

Q:  What’s special about Friends of the Earth?
A:  High-quality information linking global issues and local action.


Roger Clarke

  • Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust (Chair). Co-opted to 2018.

~~Roger has a lifetime's interest in the relationship between people and the environment, and the search for sustainable patterns of living. He brings a combination of high-level organisational experience having been a CEO of a national organisation with a strong local presence [YHA], as well as many years of board membership in the not-for-profit and public sectors.. Roger is keen to build the board's leadership role and sees team-working between Chair and Executive Director, Board, Senior Management Team and staff, as crucial for the success of the organisation.

Roger has a BA in geography from Oxford University and a PhD from McGill University, Montreal. He is married with two sons and lives in Derbyshire. His interests include travel, climbing mountains, growing vegetables, running marathons, and making music.

Q:  Why did you join the Friends of the Earth Board?
A:  Because I care about the big global issues of environment and social justice. I think the world needs campaigning organisations to spur us to change the way we live.

Q:  What direction would you like to see Friends of the Earth heading in?
A:  I want to help the organisation run better campaigns, reach more people, and carry out its work as effectively as possible.

Q:  What makes you angry?
A:  Innocent people suffering, especially children.


Simon Steeden

  • Director of Friends of the Earth Limited. Co-opted to 2018. 
  • Member of: Board Development Committee

Simon is a solicitor at Bates Wells & Braithwaite, the UK’s leading charity law firm. He specialises in providing commercial, financial and charity law advice to charities and social enterprises. Simon has a particular interest in social and community finance and in advising environmental organisations on campaigning activity, fundraising and community energy projects.

Simon has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and young daughter. His interests include wildlife photography and exploring the British coast and he hopes to help Friends of the Earth ensure that his daughter can share those interests in the future.


Steve Hack

  • Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust. Elected to 2017.
  • Director of Friends of the Earth Limited.
  • Member of: Performance, Finance and Audit Committee
  • Resident in Cymru

BSc Electrical & Electonic Engineering Bath University 1979. MBA Bath University 1990. Co-ordinator Carmarthen Friends of the Earth. Treasurer Carmarthen Energy Trust. Managing Director and major shareholder Seren Energy, which is a developer of sites for community-scale wind turbines. Intertested in permaculture and renewable energy, with pet projects in both ongoing at home.


Tony Burton

  • Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust. Co-opted to 2016.
  • Member of Performance, Finance and Audit Committee.

Tony works freelance on a wide range of community, neighbourhood planning and environmental projects. He has a strong track record in campaigning, strategy and external affairs for conservation, community, regeneration, planning and the environment. Tony founded Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement – in 2010. He has been a Board Director of both the National Trust and CPRE and has chaired Wildlife and Countryside Link. Tony is Vice Chair of the Big Lottery Fund (and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee) and Executive Chair of Sustainable Homes.  He was awarded a CBE in the Jubilee Honours in 2012.


Anne Schiffer

  • Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust. Elected to 2016.
  • Director of Friends of the Earth Limited.

Born in Germany, Anne moved to Leeds where she completed a degree in design. She developed a keen interest in sustainability and design activism. Anne is currently doing PhD research on energy in The Gambia. She works part-time as a lecturer in design and campaigner on community renewables for Friends of the Earth Scotland.


Bill Swan

  • Trustee of Friends of the Earth Trust. Co-opted to 2017.
  • Chair of Performance, Finance and Audit Committee

Bill graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences before embarking on a career in the environmental services industry. He has worked principally in waste management with a particular interest in promoting recycling of household and commercial waste. He has been a member of Friends of the Earth for over 25 years. In 2006 he founded Carbon Smart, a company that helps organisations reduce their carbon footprints and improve their environmental performance. He is Managing Director of BPR Group, a company focused on paper recycling as well as other materials such as food and glass. He enjoys walking in the Lake District and cycling in Richmond Park.


Stephen Hale

  • Director of Friends of the Earth Limited. Co-opted to 2017.

Stephen works for Oxfam International, and manages Oxfam's global campaigning on climate change, inequality and humanitarian issues. Prior to joining Oxfam he was the director of the green think tank Green Alliance from 2006 to 2010. Stephen was a trustee of Christian Aid from 2007 to 2010. From 2002 to 2006 he worked as a Ministerial Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He is the author of The New commandments of Climate Change Strategy (2010) and The New Politics of Climate Change (2008). Stephen has an OBE for services to the environment. He lives with his family in Oxfordshire, and spends too much of his spare time on his bike searching for hills to climb.

Q:  Why did you want to become a Board Member for Friends of the Earth?
A:  I worked outside the UK from 2010 to 2014, and was really keen to find a way to reconnect and to contribute to the UK environmental movement on my return. I couldn't believe it when Friends of the Earth advertised for board members just a month before I was moving back, and was delighted to be invited to join the the family.

Q:  What’s special about Friends of the Earth?
A:  For me Friends of the Earth has always stood out from other UK Environmental groups because of the passion, commitment and drive of those that work there. The local groups make a difference in so many ways, and give the organisation a national identity and strength which others would, I know, dearly love to match.

Q:  What makes you angry?
A:  Injustice. Every day.


Afsheen Kabir Rashid

Afsheen is Repowering’s Co-founder Director and Chief Operating Officer. Afsheen sits as Chair of the Brixton Energy Solar Co-operatives the UK’s first inner-city community-owned solar power stations; is a Director of Community Energy England and remains influential in both local and national community energy decision making.

Prior to Repowering’s foundation, Afsheen pioneered Lambeth Council’s Community Energy Programme and she was also previously a Senior Policy Advisor at DECC. Afsheen was instrumental in setting up the Muslim Women’s Collective in Tower Hamlets that seeks to empower women to play an active role in improving the environment.


Kate Hand

Kate has worked for a range of environmental and social charities over the past 10 years, and is currently a Senior International Policy Officer at RSPB. She’s an active member of Hackney and Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth, where she was previously coordinator.

She has a BA in English Literature from Durham University, and an MA in English Literature from UCL, and whilst at university she sat on the management committee for People & Planet.

Kate’s interests include reading, singing, getting away from it all… and getting back to it all.