Our board of trustees

We are very proud that our trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise to Sustrans and are grateful for their support and leadership.

Headshot of trustee Moray Macdonald.

Moray Macdonald - Chair

Moray has over twenty-five years' experience and an award-winning record of innovation and delivery in public affairs and public relations, including as a senior political adviser in Scotland and New Zealand. 

He is Group Head of Public Policy at international business communications consultancy Instinctif Partners.

He previously worked at Weber Shandwick as Managing Director, leading the agency’s content production studios across the UK and Europe. And for eight years he was Managing Director of the firm’s three offices in Scotland. 

In 2019 Moray completed two terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Scouts Scotland.

He is a regular panellist on the ‘Shereen Show’ on BBC Radio Scotland and on BBC Scotland’s ‘Seven Days’ news review programme.


Horace Carter-Allen

Horace is a senior civil service leader and has held a number of senior roles in the Criminal Justice Sector. He is currently on secondment to a Senior Programme/Project Manager role at the Ministry of Justice. 

Horace is passionate about diversity and inclusion in wider society and the workplace, along with the role that this can play in the promotion of healthier and happier initiatives.

A black belt in Judo and a qualified coach, Horace spent eight years coaching children. He is also an Arsenal supporter and regularly attends home games to watch his beloved team.

Headshot of trustee Su Crighton.

Su Crighton

Su Crighton is a technology consultant with KPMG. Her background is in technology and transformation leadership. She has worked across a number of industry sectors, including three years as Chief Information Officer for Cancer Research UK.

Su is keen on cycling, and when not navigating the cycle paths of London on her commute, can often be found on the quieter cycle routes near her home in South Gloucestershire.

Headshot of trustee Alistair Gibbons.

Alistair Gibbons

Alistair has worked in the charity/not-for-profit sector since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at PwC at the start of his career. His experience includes finance, governance, organisational development, IT & systems, strategy and insight.

He is currently at Smart Energy GB which is supporting the national drive towards sustainability and better household energy management.

When not working, Alistair can be found huffing and puffing on a bike somewhere or jogging, increasingly slowly, along a London canal.

Catherine Max

Catherine Max

Catherine is an independent consultant with over 25 years of governance, management and consultancy experience with high profile public and voluntary sector organisations. She provides strategic and specialist advice to central and local government, the NHS and charities in social and environmental sustainability, public health, health and social care, place-making, urban design and related areas.

Previously, Catherine has been Lay Chair of NHS England’s Individual Funding Requests Panel, a non-executive director of primary care trusts in East London, and a trustee of a number of health, environmental and arts charities.

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

Stuart Mills

Stuart is Chief Investment Officer at Canal & River Trust.

A chartered surveyor, Stuart joined Canal & River Trust in 1990 after working in private sector property consulting. He is a keen sports fan and has undertaken a number of long-distance cycle rides for charity and always enjoys the opportunity to walk around the cities he visits for his day job.

Heather Preen

Heather is a communications and engagement professional, with a special interest in building relationships with local communities.

Heather worked at a very senior level as a national newspaper journalist, before moving to Thailand with her family where she became the Director of Communications and Marketing at a major international school. She joined Transport for London in 2015.

Heather lives in London. She has a dog, a pair of walking boots and doesn’t own a car.

Helen Simpson

Helen Simpson

Helen is a dispute resolution specialist. After a law degree at Oxford University, Helen trained and qualified at Linklaters before moving to Dentons, where her roles included Partner, UKMEA Board member and leading the firm’s Disputes Division in the UK.

She is a CEDR qualified mediator and advises a range of organisations on investigations and crisis or risk management issues. 

Helen is a former school Chair of Governors with experience of organising local community sustainable travel initiatives.

She has lost track of her family’s collection of bikes and muddy boots.

Frank Swinton

Frank is a hospital consultant in anaesthetics and intensive care. He is also the regional lead for climate change within health and social care in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Since working for the British Antarctic Survey for two years, he has been trying to reduce the impacts of his home and work.

He sits on the environment committee of the Association of Anaesthetists, has an MSc in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and is a (very) amateur beekeeper.

Fiona Westwood

Fiona Westwood

Fiona is a chartered accountant and partner at MHA Monahans. Prior to this, she headed the national charities technical team at PwC before gaining more experience at a 'Top 10' firm. She has a wealth of experience in the charity and not-for-profit sector which she brings to Sustrans.

She is Chair of the local Governing Body at Barton Hill Academy and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Venturers Trust.

Fiona is dedicated to walking and cycling, often found with her family on her local stretch of the National Cycle Network, the Strawberry Line.

Headshot of trustee Nicola Wood.

Nicola Wood

Nicola is the Senior Independent Director at the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. She has more than a decade’s experience of leading public sector boards and is a former solicitor.

Nicola has a disability and was attracted to join the board of Sustrans because we include everyone.