Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

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Annual General Meeting 2020

This year's Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 24 October.

All members have the right to appoint a proxy (someone else voting on your behalf), this may be the Chair. A proxy is entitled to attend, speak and vote at the meeting. If you wish to appoint a proxy, please complete the Proxy Form included with your copy of the Annual Review and return it no later than Wednesday 21 October 2020. To appoint the Chair as your proxy, please see the 'Quick Vote' on the proxy form.


  1. Minutes of the 70th Annual General Meeting held on 19 October 2019
  2. Report of the Trustees for the year ended 31 March 2020
  3. Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2020
  4. Appointment of Wright Vigar Limited as Auditors for 2020-2021
  5. Election of Trustees

Nominations recommended by the Board of Trustees

Meet some of our prospective Trustees by reading their biographies below to find out why they'd like to join our Board of Trustees.

Michael Burgass

Michael is seeking election as a new Trustee. Career: currently Director with Biodiversify; formerly Environmental Consultant with CH2M HILL and RSK Group. PhD Conservation Science from Imperial College London, MSc Marine Environmental Management from University of York, BSc(Hons) Geography from University of Manchester. Member of Conservation Optimism.

Emma Buyers

Emma is seeking election as a new Trustee. Career: recently Head of Commercial Development with IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment); formerly Head of Marketing with IEMA; Marketing Manager with Keele University Students’ Union; Membership Marketing Executive with The Royal Horticultural Society. MBA from Keele University, Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma from Staffordshire University, Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management from IEMA, Law Degree from University of Wales.

Grace Corn

Grace is seeking election as a new Trustee. Career: currently Project Manager for SOS-UK (Students Organising for Sustainability UK); formerly Vice President Welfare & Community of University of Lincoln Students’ Union. Member of Student Minds’ Student Advisory Committee (the UK’s leading student mental health charity). Former Trustee of the University of Lincoln Students’ Union. BA in International Relations & Politics from University of Lincoln.

Kitty Hamilton

Kitty is seeking election as a new Trustee. She is a member of the Trust’s Agriculture Team. Career: currently Estate Manager with Willoughby Farms Ltd and Managing Director of Alford Crematorium Ltd. Member of Independent Agricultural Appeals Panel (IAAP) (ministerial appointment) since 2014. Property portfolio. Shareholder of web development company (Steamdesk Ltd). Governor of local academy. Member of Lincolnshire Bird Club. MSc in Biological Recording at University of Birmingham, BSc in Economics, Maths & Statistics with University of Cambridge and Open University.

Roberts Oates

Robert was appointed Trustee in 2017. He is an active member of the Sleaford Area Group and a member of the Trust’s Wetland Team. Robert is a 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. Robert is a local councillor.

Stephanie Round

Stephanie was appointed Trustee in 2017. She is Chair of the Spilsby Area Group and has been involved with the Trust since relocating to Lincolnshire in 2006. She spent 20 years as an Insolvency Practitioner then 10 as a librarian. Stephanie is a member of the Gibraltar Point Team, is heavily involved in the Snipe Dales Open Day, and her and her husband are Volunteer Reserve Managers for Friskney Decoy Wood nature reserve.

Cathy Sirett

Cathy is seeking election as a new Trustee. Career: currently Independent Consultant leading programmes on executive readiness and leadership skills, culture change programmes, facilitating confidence building and emotional resilience workshops; formerly Learning Partner with ABBVIE biopharma and Capability Building Consultant with Pope-Woodhead Consulting. Author and founder of “Complete Confidence: How to Build the Confidence You Need to Enjoy Your Life”. Member of Market Rasen Town Council. MBA at Fordham Gabelli School of Business, BSc at King’s College London.

Beth Tyrrel

Beth was appointed Trustee in 2015. Beth is a project manager and supply chain specialist currently working for the recipe box company Gousto (Spalding). Beth has a degree in business studies and many years’ experience in implementing change, developing teams, strategic planning and process improvement. Previous roles include running her own management consultancy in the county and leadership roles with Carlsberg, Coca Cola and Farmcare. Beth has volunteered for the Trust for over 15 years. As a member of the Trustees, Beth acts as a Non-Executive Director of the Trust's subsidiary company - Lapwings Consultants Limited.

Public documents

Meet the team


Find out more our current team of Trustees here.

About us

Donald Sutherland