Sustrans announces new chair of trustees and two directors

Lynne Berry

Lynne Berry, our new Chair of the Board of Trustees

Anita Konrad

Anita Konrad, National Director, England

Matt Winfield

Matt Winfield, London Director

6 November 2017

Third sector leader Lynne Berry OBE joins Sustrans as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees, taking over from Bill Stow, who steps down on 31 December. 

Lynne brings with her a wealth of experience in the charitable sector, holding a number of prominent roles – including as Chair of Breast Cancer Now and 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 an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School and a Fellow Commoner of Lucy Cavendish college, Cambridge. Lynne is an ardent champion of equality and diversity, as well as the benefits of walking and cycling.

Lynne said:

“I’m delighted to be joining Sustrans. I’ve been impressed by its work to make it easier for people to walk and cycle and by its new strategy. I’ve been particularly impressed by Sustrans' commitment to measuring and evaluating its impact. There’s still lots to do but it’s great to see that resolve.”

Anita Konrad has been appointed as National Director, England. This is a new position to help drive our strategy across England, outside London. 

Anita joins on 4 December from Groundwork, where she is Director, Strategic Partnerships & Programmes, and is a former Deputy Chief Executive for CIPRA International, an NGO dedicated to the protection and sustainable development of the Alps. Anita brings with her an extensive policy background, practical on-the-ground delivery experience and place-making expertise, as well as a passion for the environment.

Anita said:

“I am very excited to be joining Sustrans at a time when the vital role that walking and cycling play in enabling our communities to be healthy and live sustainably is widely acknowledged. I look forward to working with my new colleagues as well as existing and new partners on delivering practical solutions for liveable neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities.”

Following an external search, Matt Winfield has been appointed as London Director. Matt has been an Acting Director in London for over two years and at Sustrans for 12 years, helping build Sustrans’ capacity to deliver Quietways, Transport for London’s groundbreaking programme of walking and cycling infrastructure, and driving walking and cycling up the city’s agenda.

Prior to joining the charity, Matt worked at America Bikes in Washington DC where he developed and worked on a variety of projects to create safer streets, stronger communities and a cycle-friendly America.

Matt said: “I am both delighted and excited to have been appointed as London Director. London’s continued population growth means Sustrans has a huge role to play in keeping the city moving and there has never been a better time to work in walking and cycling in this city.”

Both Anita and Matt join Sustrans’ board of Executive Directors.

Announcing the news Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Lynne as Chair of Trustees. Lynne brings a wealth of experience, expertise and commitment to walking and cycling, and will strengthen Sustrans’ strategic leadership. We are very lucky to have her on board.

“The appointment of Anita and Matt is a fantastic opportunity for Sustrans to drive walking and cycling up the political agenda. They are not only outstanding experts within their fields but share a passion for the organisation’s values and vision of healthier, vibrant and more sustainable communities,” added Brice.

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For more information, please contact:

Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, 07557 915 648, [email protected]

Amy Jones, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, 07768 035318, [email protected]