David took up the reins as our chair at our 2018 AGM. He’s a freelance business development consultant who works with a variety of charities to successfully develop new strategies and business models, implement change programmes, and create new strategic partnerships. He also supports them to diversify and increase income through grants, commissioning and the creation of social enterprises.
Previously he established a land services social enterprise for Groundwork, had a leading role in the successful establishment of the Land Restoration Trust and established and led the first national external funding team at the Environment Agency.
As an environmental scientist, a regular volunteer with local community organisations, and someone who enjoys walking and running in the Lake District, David welcomes the opportunity to support the successful development of CAfS.
Silas joined CAfS as a trustee in April 2018. He is a solicitor specialising in commercial and residential property.
Silas moved to Cumbria in 2017 after previously living and working in Greater Manchester. He studied geography at university in London before returning north, and is passionate about the earth, its physical processes and climate change. He tries to use his background in geography and climate change through his job as a solicitor to better inform clients of the interaction between property, land and the environment. He has worked with a plethora of companies ranging from oil giant BP to local green builders, and brings experience and knowledge of commercial property development and investment to CAfS. His aim as a trustee is to help CAfS develop relationships with key stakeholders in the property industry in Cumbria, as well as local land and property owners, and ultimately to help further green credential and climate resilience in new builds and refurbishments.
In his spare time Silas can be found in the great outdoors, either playing hockey, fell walking or wild swimming. When not at home in Cumbria, Silas is often exploring Scotland and its malt whisky distilleries with his Patterdale terrier!
Adrian joined CAfS as a trustee in July 2017. He’s currently the programme officer for the Appleby Heritage Action Zone scheme.
Adrian has been involved in environmental work throughout his life, working for local and national charities as well as governmental bodies and community enterprises. His main focus was environmental and wildlife conservation. Adrian has also been able to share his knowledge and experience as a lecturer, including teaching on countryside management for Newton Rigg and the University of Cumbria.
He was previously a rural development officer with Cumbria County Council, focusing on community and economic development. He’s a member of Cumbria Wildlife Trust and honorary warden of Smardale Gill National Nature Reserve. Adrian’s also a director of Learning Fields, a farm-based community wellness centre near Appleby.
Karen is a freelance project manager and fundraiser for Bentley-Brown Associates and member of the Institute of Fundraisers. She has a wide range of fundraising and project management skills having worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years. Starting her career as a Geography teacher she went on to work for WWF, The National Trust, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, Cumbria Waste Minimisation Project, The University of Cumbria and Nurture Lakeland, among others! Passionate about all kinds of environmental issues she was the inaugural chair of the Big Onion, Staveley – a community group aimed at growing more food locally and, after moving to Kendal, is now involved in SLACC-tt. Karen likes to get out in the fells and dales with family, friends and dogs as much as possible and enjoys sewing and up-cycling.
Collette Butterworth has been a trustee of CAfS since November 2014 and is passionate about working positively on tackling climate change issues. She specialises in Corporate Social Responsibility and is the Director at Responsible Consulting. Before this Collette was connected with Stobart Group, implementing the CSR strategy. Having received a diploma in professional development with merit at Coventry University, Collette is now keen to pursue a degree with the Open University. Collette also sits on the fundraising committee for a Carlisle based children’s charity.
Collette enjoys walking her three dogs in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside and baking as often as possible (although not quite to the standards of the Great British Bake Off!) In 2016 Collette and her partner will be renovating a bungalow and are currently researching green technologies to implement into the project.
David trained as a communications and electronic engineer and spent his entire career supporting the emergency services. Before retiring, David worked at the Metropolitan Police Service, where he was head of quality assurance. He brings to CAfS considerable project management, business systems administration and process improvement knowledge and experience, which he has applied to CAfS processes, resulting in an NCVO Good Governance award.
David’s aspiration is to make sure future generations have the best possible landscape and environment in which to live and work. As chair of the CAfS board of trustees, he played a key role in the restructuring of CAfS after the successful Sustain Eden programme. David is also a director of Community Energy Cumbria and the BEEP Fund Ltd.
Tim is a climate change and sustainability consultant. He’s a partner at CAG Consultants, an employee-owned co-operative that provides research, policy advice, training and facilitation on all things environmental – renewables, energy efficiency, fuel poverty, flood management and waste, to name a few. Tim’s recent clients have included Defra (London), the Scottish Government (Edinburgh) and the Environment Agency (Bristol). Because his work is rarely local to Cumbria, he enjoys a chance to think a bit more about his home county through helping out as a CAfS trustee. He loves Cumbria and can often be found out in the hills on his bike.
Could you be a CAfS trustee?
If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a real difference to reducing Cumbria’s carbon footprint, how about being a trustee with CAfS?
We are currently recruiting new volunteers to join our board of dedicated and enthusiastic trustees.
What you’d do as a trustee
CAfS trustees work hand in hand with our chief executive and staff to set the direction for our work and guide our working practices and management.
You’d come to our quarterly trustee meetings, which alternate between Penrith and Kendal, and take part in our AGM. Throughout the year, we’d invite you to get involved in making important decisions or share your views on how we can overcome challenges or take up opportunities that come along. We often do this by email but may call meetings once in a while for issues that need a proper discussion.
And there are always opportunities to get stuck in and help out with projects if you’re able to!
How much time you’d need to commit
Being a trustee is a volunteer role, and we understand that you’ll be fitting it in around your everyday life. Every trustee’s personal circumstances are different and some have more time available than others. As a minimum, we’d ask that you try to attend most trustee meetings and our AGM, and that you take as active a part as you can in important discussions.
Beyond that, anything you can do to help will be hugely appreciated. Some trustees help out with research we need to do; others lend a hand at events; some share their professional knowledge and skills to support our work in other ways.
Your skills and knowledge
We’d love to hear from anyone who is interested in supporting our work as a trustee, as everyone brings something different to the table.
We’d particularly benefit from having trustees with an understanding of climate change and skills or knowledge in:
- renewable energy
- energy efficiency
- emission reduction
- behaviour change
- sustainable food
- sustainable agriculture
- financial management
- communications and marketing
- earned income, legacies or donations
- business/company law
- policy change
Want to find out more?
Please get in touch for more details on what being a trustee involves. You can email our chief executive Hazel Graham ([email protected]) or call us on 01768 210276.