Helen Boothman worked with the RSPB for over seven years, was a volunteer and Trustee for Buglife for over eight years, and has been involved in marketing and fundraising consultancy with several other environmental charities. Helen was part of the original Great Ouse Working Group which submitted a proposal to Natural England for the area to be designated as an AONB. She was one of the leaders of the Houghton & Wyton Neighbourhood Plan and is currently involved in running the successful Houghton & Wyton community shop. Helen walks the dog daily in the meadows of the beautiful Great Ouse Valley landscape.
Graham Campbell (Chair) is an architect, urban designer and historic building advisor who has lived and worked in the Ouse Valley for more than 30 years. Since leaving full time practice he has fully committed to his passion for landscape and has been responsible for many projects aimed at enhancing or restoring urban and rural landscapes. He is currently a Councillor for Godmanchester Town Council.
Peter Downes has lived in the Huntingdon area for nearly 40 years. Since 1997, after retiring from the headship of Hinchingbrooke School, Peter has served as a District and County Councillor. He is currently the County Councillor for Buckden and Brampton and so a long stretch of the Ouse Valley Way goes through that County Council division. He became involved in the Great Ouse Valley Trust because so many residents complained to him about the difficult walking conditions along part of the Ouse Valley Way.
Mark Ellis (Treasurer) is a Chartered Accountant with 40 years’ experience having set up and grown his own practice providing financial advice and assistance to small businesses and private individuals. Mark strongly believes we need to protect the Great Ouse Valley and its environs not just for ourselves but for our grandchildren and generations to follow. ‘It is a vital resource for all of us living here for our health and wellbeing’. He is looking forward to having more time to walk along it - after retiring.
Bridget Flanagan has lived in Hemingford Abbots for 35 years, and is involved in many community activities, among which she is currently Chair of the Parish Council, The Friends of St Margaret’s Church and The Friends of the Norris Museum. A retired teacher, she is a committed campaigner for conservation of the built and natural heritage. Bridget has written several books on local history. She hopes that by increasing people’s knowledge they will appreciate and enjoy their surroundings more – especially the precious landscape of the Great Ouse Valley.
Ian Jackson is a former Editorial Director for an international book production company. Since retirement he has been Chair of the Friends of Holt Island Nature Reserve, a Town Councillor and a former Town Mayor for St Ives Town Council. He is currently Chair of the St Ives Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group. He lives in the Great Ouse Valley and is an occasional skipper for the St Ives Electric Riverboat Company.
Phil Rothwell has lived in the Great Ouse Valley for the last 31 years He has worked on environmental issues for over 40 years in statutory and charity sectors across Europe. He worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds with partners across Europe on a range of environmental campaigns including the future of the Common Agricultural Policy and Water Framework Directive. He led the Environment Agency team developing flood and coastal erosion risk policy across England and Wales, and was responsible for the production of the first Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Strategy for England. He was also Policy Director for the Conservation Volunteers. Phil is currently an environmental advisor to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Graham Wilson lives in Godmanchester and is the County Councillor for Godmanchester and Huntingdon South, and a former Mayor and current Town Councillor in Godmanchester.
Graham is a Chartered Civil Engineer with particular interests in the environment and development planning. Prior to retiring in March 2019, he worked for the Environment Agency in various roles including incident planning and response, flood risk management and water resources.