Board of trustees

Claire Addison is Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager for The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 electricity company. Claire leads the company’s work on policy, regulations and stakeholder affairs across a range of new energy solutions, primarily energy storage. Previous to AES, Claire spent seven years working for environmental NGOs in a range of policy, communications and strategy roles. Claire is a graduate of The University of Oxford and is currently undertaking an MBA at Warwick Business School.

Claire is a cyclist commuter and weekend walker, passionate about making it easier for people to make everyday, active journeys.
 

Lynne Berry OBE Sustrans Chair of the Board of Trustees

Lynne Berry OBE is the Sustrans Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Lynne brings with her a wealth of experience in the charitable and public sectors. She is Chair of Breast Cancer Now and a Trustee of UnLtd, and until recently was Chair of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing and Deputy Chair at the Canal and River Trust.

Former Executive Director of the Charity Commission and a founder of Public Benefit, Lynne has advised both corporations and non-profits and is a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School and a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University. Lynne is an ardent champion of equality and diversity, as well as the benefits of walking and cycling.

Ed is Bishop of Ramsbury, in the Diocese of Salisbury. After a doctorate in social anthropology at Oxford, he has spent his whole working life as a priest in the Church of England. His previous posts have been as Canon Treasurer at Canterbury Cathedral, as Rector of Rugby, as a rural vicar in Oxfordshire and as a curate in Northampton.

He is married to Sarah and they have four adult children, and he thinks nine bicycles between them. He loves long bike tours with friends. He is currently planning a long ride home starting at Nordkapp in Norway, and a tenth anniversary ride of a previous trip along the pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. He is once again giving up his car for Lent in 2015 to rely on public transport and his bike to cover the 2000 miles he would otherwise travel by car in those 40 days.

After initially working in retail management, Mark trained and worked as a public sector Economist before drifting into politics. He was a local Councillor for 13 years, the latter few years as the Leader of a Metropolitan Borough Council. He currently works at a senior level in local government. He is also a Non-Executive Director on his local acute NHS Foundation Trust, and since 2000 he has been a trustee of a successful charity running a science adventure centre.

Never having driven and relying on buses, trams and trains, and more usually his legs and leg-powered wheels, Mark has long been an admirer of Sustrans.

Kirsty is a policy analyst currently working in the Scottish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Directorate. Her work in the Directorate has included major climate change projects as well as contributions to the development of the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy, particularly its low carbon economy priority. She is also interested in behavioural economics and staff development. Previous to this post, she led the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Transport Team. Having originally trained as a nurse in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Kirsty went on to do a degree in philosophy and politics in Christchurch, New Zealand, before taking up a post in New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment. There she worked on the first national Environment Strategy. Sponsored by the Ministry to do a Masters in Environmental Policy, she later left to work on a sustainable development project in Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas. After travelling extensively in India and Bangladesh, she took up a post at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), leading the Water and Wetland Team. Kirsty has a long-held personal commitment to sustainable development and has cycled all over the world.  

Catherine Max

Catherine is an independent consultant with over 25 years’ governance, management and consultancy experience in high profile public and voluntary sector organisations. She provides strategy, policy and business advice to help improve wellbeing and reduce health inequalities through social and environmental sustainability, public health, health and social care, place-making, urban design and related areas.

Catherine is Lay Chair of NHS England's Individual Funding Requests Panel; and an advisor to the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) Research and Environmental committees. She is the sole non-academic member of the King's College/University College London Social Values and Health Priority Setting Group. Previously, she was a non-executive director of NHS primary care trusts in East London and has been a trustee of mental health, environmental and arts charities.

A passionate Londoner, Catherine enjoys walking around the streets and green spaces of her home city at every opportunity and is a keen allotment gardener.

Oliver Reichardt

Oliver Reichardt is the Director of Fellowship at the RSA and Executive Lead for its work on the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing. 

Before this he was Director of Delivery and Performance at the New Forest National Park Authority, leading the authority’s work on community and visitor services, communications, special projects and operations. He previously held a variety of roles across civil society including at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Overseas Development Institute. 

He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a Masters in Global Politics. He lives in Hampshire and his hobbies include keeping his two sons from running wild and growing a small orchard. 

Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson is a dispute resolution specialist. She is a school Chair of Governors and champion of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

After a law degree at Oxford University, Helen trained and qualified as a lawyer at Linklaters. She ran a business for ten years and has more than fifteen years of experience as a commercial litigator, most recently as a Partner and member of the UK, Middle East and Africa Board at Dentons. She is a CEDR qualified mediator.

Helen has four children and has lost track of their bike collection. In 2018 she led the support crew for her husband's record-breaking cycle ride from Land's End to John o'Groats, completed in 43 hours and 25 minutes. For three years she has run a travel project delivering local infrastructure changes and a range of cycling and walking projects, including school "walking buses", designed to encourage active travel in her local community.

Fiona Westwood

Currently a partner at Smith and Williamson chartered accountants, Fiona has worked with Sustrans in the past when she was at Price Waterhouse Coopers’ as a director leading their South West charity team.

She is also the treasurer of the charity Wildscreen, based at King Street in Bristol.

Fiona is a dedicated walker and cyclist, often found with her young children on her local bit of NCN, the Strawberry Line.