Our Trustees and Council
Our Council members bring a wide range of skills and knowledge together to help us work for the protection and enhancement of the New Forest.
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Our Trustees and Council
At the heart of the Association are our Board of Trustees and our Council, supported by Committees. Officers, Trustees and members of Council are elected by the membership. Co-option may take place between AGMs. Committees are chaired by trustees or members of Council, but committee members may be drawn from the wider membership or be volunteers co-opted for the special expertise or skills they bring.
The Board of Trustees comprises the Officers and up to six additional trustees
John Ward (Chair)
Former Director of Strategy and Planning at the New Forest National Park Authority; Former member New Forest Committee; Former Director New Forest Villages Housing Association.
Gale Pettifer (Vice Chair)
Practising commoner, historian and lecturer, currently studying for doctorate degree at the University of Southampton. Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Patron of the Chalke Valley History Festival.
Post Vacant (Hon. Secretary)
Brandy Gill (Hon. Treasurer)
J.P. (West Hampshire bench); Member of the Police Advisory Group for the New Forest.
Bernie Austin (Chair Planning and Transport Committee)
Retired chartered surveyor and architectural consultant; Former Chairman Lyndhurst Parish Council; Founder of Lyndhurst Junior Football Club.
Tony Balch (Chair Membership and Marketing Committee)
Hospitality and tourism industry professional with over 30 years experience including as Managing Director of New Forest Hotels PLC.
Brian Tarnoff (Chair Habitat and Landscape Committee)
Mobile cinema projectionist; Writer.
Former chairman New Forest Association; Chairman New Forest Trust.
Council Comprises the Board of Trustees and up to fifteen additional members Council brings together on a regular basis individual members of the Association with a wide breadth of knowledge of the New Forest, engagement with other New Forest organisations or professional skills valuable to the work of the Association, and who are volunteers, serving on Committees or otherwise actively engaged in roles supporting the Association. They represent many viewpoints about the New Forest but are united in their commitment to the Association.
Council meetings are a forum in which to discuss with and advise the Board of Trustees on any New Forest issues pertinent to the Objects of the Association that its members wish to raise.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust officer; Former Chairman National Park Authority; Naturalist and author.
Freelance ecologist and nature conservation adviser; Author of several English Nature and other nature conservation publications.
Member New Forest Consultative Panel; Trustee New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust; Chairman National Park Authority Western Escarpment Conservation Area Steering Group; Member New Forest National Trust Advisory Board; Vice Chairman Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley Parish Council; Member Hampshire County Council liaison committees for Cemex and Tarmac mineral operations in the Avon Valley.
Dr Tony Hockley
Visiting Senior fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science; Former Chairman of the New Forest Commoners Defence Assocition.
Dr Keith Howe
Exeter University Agricultural economist; Senior Research Fellow Exeter University; Honorary Research Fellow Royal Veterinary College, London University; Trustee Exmoor Society.
Member New Forest Show Committee.
Commoner; District Councillor for Fordingbridge.
Retired lecturer; Member New Forest National Park Authority and former planning committee chairman.
Local historian; Member New Forest Consultative Panel; Committee member, New Forest History and Archaeology Group.
Freelance ecologist and leading lichenologist.
Member Habitats and Landscape Committee; Friends of the New Forest representative on Forestry Commission Open Forest Advisory Committee; New Forest Friends of the Earth representative; Member New Forest Consultative Panel; Member Conservation Committee, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust; Former officer Nature Conservancy Council.
Director Wild New Forest; Former member New Forest National Park Authority; former editor of the Hampshire Bird Report and chair of the Seabird Group of UK and Ireland.