The Management Team
The trust has around 78 salaried staff, 27 of which are based at our headquarters in Horncastle. We also have members based at our nature reserves, visitor centres and education centres across Lincolnshire.
Find out more about our senior management team below.
Paul Learoyd - Chief Executive
With over 25 years management experience in the environmental sector, Paul currently oversees the Trust's charitable purposes on land and at sea, ensuring the organisation meets the Charity Commission’s standards and all associated regulations.
Paul campaigned for and took part in the Net Gain Marine Conservation Zone Regional Stakeholder Groups, and has since continued to ensure that the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust responds to relevant consultations and campaigns on the marine environment.
Tammy Smalley - Head of Conservation
Lincolnshire is truly one of the quiet gems of the UK in regards to wildlife and the variety of habitats we have. As my birth county, I hope to build on the great successes of my predecessors.
Tammy has over 17 years of experience working in the environmental sector, including local authority, Government body, private and charitable organisations.
She has 15 years of directly inputting and influencing marine conservation, including providing best practice case studies for Defra and the European Union publications. Tammy campaigned for the Marine & Coastal Access Act and then shifted to Natural England to help take forward the marine designation programme: about 1% inshore waters to just under 50% into Marine Protected Areas in 7 years. Tammy spent the prior 7 years in the Fens and on The Wash working with the farming industry, young people, socially challenged communities and many more; tackling land management issues, introducing renewable energy technology, developing ecotourism opportunities and building a landscape approach partnership including through twinning with European neighbouring countries.
I believe we can secure multiple uses and benefits for all, and not at the cost of nature in this historic county of creative thinkers, explorers, innovators and scene setting conservationists.
Now Head of Conservation at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Tammy is working on delivering a new 25 year Conservation Strategy which will drive forward our approach on: research and building the evidence base to underpin decision making; improving and ensuring our Living Landscapes are connected and thriving throughout Lincolnshire; making sure our Living Seas are well managed inside and outside of Marine Protected Areas, and; how we will input to discussions on environmental policy and planning issues locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
Dave Bromwich - Head of Nature Reserves
Dave started his career in nature conservation with a six month college placement as the Shorebird Warden at Gibraltar Point in 1980. On finishing college he worked for the RSPB on little terns in Lincolnshire and white-tailed eagles on Mull, whilst continuing to volunteer at Gibraltar Point.
In 1986 he became the Assistant Warden at Gibraltar Point. He left in July 1989 to work on the Isle of Mull with a salmon farming company, but after only two years was back in Lincolnshire, this time as the first full-time Warden at Whisby Nature Park.
In 1998 the Trust received a £1m five year HLF grant, so Dave left Whisby for a desk at Trust HQ in Horncastle to administer the project. Before it finished, in 2002, he took over from his long-time mentor Barrie Wilkinson, as Head of Nature Reserves.
Sarah Jane Smith - Head of Finance
Sarah Jane was born in Lincoln and was brought up just over the county boundary in Newark, Nottinghamshire. After studying chemistry at the universities of East Anglia, Southampton and Loughborough, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a national practice. Sarah Jane then left the world of audit to join a group of local Lincolnshire newspapers, managing the finance function of the publishing and printing companies. She spent the next 17 years working in this industry, mainly dealing with Lincolnshire publications, such as the Stamford Mercury, Boston Standard, Grantham Journal and Horncastle News.
I really enjoy my role with the Trust, and love the wide range of subjects that I get involved with on a day to day basis. Being Head of Finance for the Trust involves so much more than just figures and spreadsheets!
After a relatively brief spell working in Natural England, where she worked with operational staff to help them manage their budgets more efficiently, Sarah Jane moved to work for the Trust in early 2013. She is responsible to ensuring that the finances of the charity are managed in accordance with relevant company and charity law and also oversees the areas of membership, retail trading, the Visitor Centre at Gibraltar Point, together with various aspects of office administration.
Sarah Jane loves everything geological, recently completing a BSc in Earth Sciences with the Open University. She is about to embark on an MSc with the OU in the same field of study.
Matthew Capper - Head of Public Engagement & Communications
A professional conservationist, Matthew was born in Stamford and grew up with Rutland Water on the doorstep where he volunteered during his teenage years and developed his lifelong interest in birds and other wildlife. After a Geography degree at Sheffield University he settled in the Peak District and was soon involved in bird of prey protection, the National Park Ranger Service and the local birding scene.
My love of wildlife came from regular exposure to nature as a child. We need to give children and young people the same opportunity so that they grow up caring about the world around them.
Matthew joined the RSPB in 2006 and managed people engagement projects across the north of England such as the Lake District Osprey Project. Passionate about connecting people with nature, he has led walks, activities and delivered talks for many organisations such as local bird groups, Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust and the RSPB.
More recently, Matthew was Senior Site Manager for the RSPB’s Dearne Valley nature reserves in Yorkshire including their flagship Old Moor reserve and Area Conservation Manager for the RSPB covering Yorkshire, the Humber and the Peak District. He has recently taken on the new role of Head of Public Engagement & Communications for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Increasingly, we are becoming disconnected from the natural world and this is bad news, not just for the environment, but our own well-being. One of our key challenges is therefore to engage and enthuse people with the fantastic landscapes and wildlife that Lincolnshire contains.
Our Trustees are all local people passionate about Lincolnshire's wildlife who volunteer their time and expertise to contribute to the running of the Trust.
Meet our Trustees and find out what inspired them to give up their time for the Trust below.
David Cohen (Trust Chair)
David was the Trust’s Honorary Treasurer from 2009 and appointed Chair in 2016. He retired after a career spanning 41 years with Midland Bank and latterly HSBC. David has been interested in natural history for the majority of his life and became a serious birdwatcher in his mid-twenties. In the early years, he worked as a volunteer for the RSPB, organising indoor and outdoor events for local members, fundraising and membership recruitment. In the late 1980s, he became heavily involved with the Leicestershire & Rutland Ornithological Society, serving as Chairman and Outings Organiser for a number of years. He is a regular participant in surveys organised by the BTO.
David Sheppard (Deputy Chair)
David Sheppard was appointed a Trustee in 1993. He is convenor of the Nature Reserve Development Team, an active member of his local Area Group and Watch leader. David is a nationally recognised invertebrate expert, formally with Natural England and its predecessor organisations. David is kept busy surveying and monitoring nature reserves and the wider countryside.
Tim Sands (Deputy Chair)
Tim was first appointed to the Board in 2008. He is currently Chair of the Trust’s Conservation Strategy Team, the Trust’s representative on the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership and a member of the Financial Management, Publications & Communications and Whisby Teams. He has 40 years experience working in wildlife conservation, 30 of which were with The Wildlife Trusts’ national office, from which he retired in 2005. Tim held a range of posts, which for a time covered education and publicity, but throughout he was responsible for overseeing national campaigns on numerous conservation issues and for leading on its Parliamentary affairs. He has travelled extensively, both for his work with the European Union and with European non-Government wildlife organisations and as a leader of wildlife holidays. In 1994, Tim was the recipient of the Christopher Cadbury Medal and is the author of Wildlife in Trust, the 100-year history of the Wildlife Trusts’ movement.
Janet Mellor (Deputy Chair)
Since retiring from North Kesteven District Council, Janet has become far more involved with the Trust, mainly on a voluntary basis, but initially as a paid temporary project manager. She has worked on successful funding bids. She is also Convenor of the Whisby Team, Reserve Manager for Tunman Wood and Eagle Roadside Nature Reserve Warden. Janet’s qualifications include a BSc Hons Geography, MSc Conservation and Associate of Landscape Institute. Her career spanned 30 years in local government including North Kesteven District Council as Landscape and Tree Officer, Team Head and later Division Head for Sports, Arts Development, Heritage, Countryside and Community Initiatives which included a 5 year period of bidding, winning, and delivery of Millennium Commission money for the development of Whisby Nature Park.
Julian Purvis (Honorary Treasurer)
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Julian was entrusted with the Woodland Trust’s finances in his mid 20s, where he went on to spend most of his career as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services. Julian was Finance Director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (2013 - 2019). Although he has now "retired", he is currently Treasurer of Rewilding Britain and Treasurer of Lincoln City Foundation. Julian lives in South Kyme, which he often describes as "a green oasis in an arable desert" - regular highlights being otters, kingfishers, hares, barn owls and short-eared owls.
Anita first volunteered with the Trust in 2006 as Membership/Volunteer Database Administrator and more recently has been employed as Volunteer Co-ordinator and Project Planning & Development Officer. In this role she managed the development of the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marsh project on behalf of the Project Partnership. She has a BA (Hons) in History, Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Financial Planning Certificate (Stage I, II & III). Anita’s career has ranged from Personnel Assistant, Senior IT Project Manager/Consultant and Building Society Area Manager to Partner/Sole Trader developing, owning and managing five specialist care homes for 40 adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, providing both residential and day care. Anita is Chair of the Trust's subsidiary company, Lapwings Consultants Limited.
Beth is a Consultant with her own practice in Lincolnshire working with businesses and charities specialising in bid writing, developing teams, business planning and improving processes. Beth has a degree in Business Studies and previously worked in senior leadership roles including for Carlsberg for 8 years. Beth is a member of the Institute of Consulting, and has volunteered with the Trust for over 10 years. As a member of the Trustees, Beth acts as Non-Executive Director of the Trust's subsidiary company Lapwings Consultants Limited, and a member of the Marketing and Publications Team. Beth is also Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service.
Clare first joined the Trust’s Council in 1990 and the Board of Trustees in 2000. Clare is a farmer, field naturalist and species recorder. As well as being an active member of her local Area Group, member of Agriculture Team and Wayside Warden she is a Director of the Trust's subsidiary company, Lapwings Consultants Limited.
Retired Executive Director of Thames Rivers Trust and Deputy Chairman 2016 - 2018. Former Manager of WWF Natural Rivers programme and RSPB Freshwater Policy Officer. Lecturer in 'River basin planning and management' at Birkbeck College, University of London 2010 - 2016. Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Keen birdwatcher and active member of the Sleaford Area Group.
Chair of Spilsby Area Group, and involved with the Trust since relocating to Lincolnshire in 2006. Spent 20 years as an Insolvency Practitioner then 10 as a librarian. Active with Spilsby U3A (previous Chair), National Trust (long-standing volunteer at Gunby Hall), Spilsby Community Cinema, and set up Spilsby and Hundleby 'Walkers are Welcome' in 2017. Keen walker and birdwatcher, but interested in all aspects of natural history, living in a green oasis in the middle of typical arable fenland. Member of Gibraltar Point team, and heavily involved in Snipe Dales Open Day. MSc (Econ); BA Hons.
In early 2019, Stef and her husband Mike were appointed Volunteer Reserve Managers for Friskney Decoy Wood nature reserve.
Mark is a Trust member. He is currently a National Consultancy Manager with Arco Professional Safety Services; formerly Technical Manager (Liability), Sales Manager and Senior Health & Safety Consultant with NFU Mutual Risk Management Services; Business Assurance Partner and Senior Safety Advisor at Mouchel Group plc. Mark was previously an instructor with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force for 24 years and on the Gibraltar Point Joint Advisory Committee as a Lincolnshire County Councillor.