Board of trustees

Claire is UK & Ireland Communications Manager for The AES Corporation; a Fortune 200 electricity company. She is responsible for communications, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and stakeholder engagement across a range of technologies including onshore wind generation and energy storage systems. Previous to this role, Claire worked for a number of environmental charities including Friends of the Earth Scotland and The Otesha Project, in various fundraising, communications and strategy roles. Claire read English at Oxford University and gained a Masters by Research in the Medical Humanities from Glasgow University.

Claire is a fairly new cyclist, having been made to go on a three week cycling and camping tour by a previous employer in 2012. She came back loving it and hopes to support similar conversions in her role as a Sustrans trustee.

Andrew is a retired solicitor who now spends most of his time working as a trustee for several charities, as well as being a school governor and giving training on interview techniques to law students.  He retired from the international law firm Slaughter and May in 2011 after a career of over thirty years working for the firm.  During that career he worked on a range of commercial transactions, but was primarily a financing lawyer.  Andrew became a partner of Slaughter and May in 1988 and became head of the financing practice and a member of the partnership board in 2004. 

He now works part time for the firm, helping to develop its practice in Africa. In his spare time Andrew and his wife, Anne, enjoy cycling around the countryside in Essex, where they live (immediately adjacent to Cycle Route 16). 

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.

Anne Hyland is Chief Financial Officer of Kymab Ltd a biopharmaceutical company funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Anne is also a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of the FTSE-250 company, Elementis plc. Anne was CFO and company secretary of BBI Diagnostics Group Ltd and FTSE-listed Vectura Group plca pharmaceutical company specialising in developing drugs to treat respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema. Prior to her role at Vectura, Anne held a number of senior finance positions including director of corporate finance at the then FTSE 100 Celltech Group plc, Medeva plc and KPMG. Anne is a Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Corporate Tax Adviser (CTA – AITI) and holds a degree in business studies from Trinity College, Dublin. Anne has been a supporter of Sustrans for over 10 years.

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.  

Richard is the Commercial Director at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult's National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.

Prior to this, he worked as the Commercial Director at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, encouraging the build, testing and use of wave and tidal technology for the production of renewable energy, acting as a global ambassador for Scotland as it leads the way in developing marine renewable energy solutions.

With over 23 years’ experience working in the environmental and space sectors Richard has lived, worked and travelled all over the world, finally settling down to live within the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in Scotland. Growing up in the Netherlands, Richard has had first-hand experience of what a bike culture could be like.

BIll Stow, Chair of the Sustrans Board of Trustees

Bill has recently retired as a senior civil servant in the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He joined the Deptartment in 2003 as a member of the Board and Director-General for Environment Policy leading teams dealing with a range of environmental issues including sustainable development, climate change, water and air quality and waste. In 2007 Bill took on a new role as DG for Strategy, Evidence and Finance. He chaired the Board sub-committees on Strategy and Investment.

Two years ago Bill went part-time with a portfolio of roles in Finance and HR. Most of Bill's earlier career - in the Dept of Trade and Industry and three separate secondments to the FCO in Paris and Brussels - was focused on EU issues (although he also had a more unusual stint reorganising British marine pilotage and running two lighthouses in the Red Sea.) This culminated in a posting to Brussels as the UK's Deputy Ambassador to the EU. Bill has long been interested in sustainable transport issues (he doesn't drive) and a supporter of Sustrans' work. He is also about to become chair of the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust which will extend his knowledge of the byways and occasional highways of mid-Wales.