The Sandstone Ridge Trust is run by a Board of up to ten Trustees who are responsible for the overall management of the Trust, its strategic direction and finances.
These are exciting times for you to get involved with the Trust — following on from the successful conclusion of Ridge: Rocks and Springs, we are midway through another Heritage Lottery funded project in which we are exploring ways to secure the long-term future of the area. If you are interested in looking after this special place this could be the role for you. Read more in the role description and, if interested, complete and return the application form.
Current Trustees are:
- Andrew Hull (Chair)
Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Landscape Ecology at Liverpool John Moores University. Having set up the Ponds Research Unit in 1990, the first audit of Cheshire ponds was undertaken soon afterwards, demonstrating the serious loss of ponds in the county. From 1995-1999 he was seconded from the University to become Project Director of the EU-funded "Pond Life Project" working in the UK, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. Outputs from this project have become a benchmark for pond conservation both in the UK and beyond, including the need to work at a landscape scale; stakeholder involvement and working with volunteers. Currently he is President of the European Pond Conservation Network (EPCN) which seeks to influence key decision makers of the need for greater recognition and support for the conservation of these small but significant wetland features. Andrew is also a member of the Rural Regeneration Board set up by Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council.
- Peter Winn
Peter is a retired Senior Lecturer in the Performing Arts from the University of Chester. He has studied and taught in Britain, Canada and the USA and has a PhD in Theatre History. When he retired in 2009 he decided to take up a continuing interest in Archaeology and was awarded an MA in that subject at the University of Manchester in 2012. He participated as a volunteer and enthusiastic "digger" at the Poulton Research Project and on the Habitats and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme where he took a particular interest in the Iron Age hillforts of the Ridge, writing his Masters Dissertation on that subject. He joined the Sandstone Ridge Trust in order to represent the interests of those volunteers who hoped to participate in further practical projects along the Ridge, exploring our heritage and interpreting the sites for future generations. He has facilitated workshops for the Trust in Archaeological Field-walking and in the identification of Ancient Trees, and more recently helped to manage the HLF-funded Ridge: Rocks and Springs Project which engaged up to forty volunteers in a three-year survey of the quarries, wells and rock-carvings on the Ridge. Peter is a keen walker of all the trails on the Ridge and lives with his partner in Cuddington.
- Graham Church
Graham has lived in a village directly adjacent to the Sandstone Trail for 14 years and been involved in conservation projects as a volunteer across Cheshire and North Wales for more than 20 years. He has been a Trustee of the Sandstone Ridge Trust since November 2012. Outside of work he has a passion for conservation — anything from dry stone walling to the creation of new woodlands and protecting wildlife habitats to pathway renovation and restoration work along the Sandstone Trail. He also volunteered on several of the Habitats and Hillforts projects led by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Recently, Graham embarked on an MBA postgraduate course at the University of Chester where his dissertation will focus upon Natural Capital Accounting seeking to better understand how the total stocks and flows of natural resources might affect the ecosystem of the Ridge and influence the outcomes of strategic decisions for Councils and local landowners.
- Councillor Ralph Oultram
Ralph was born at Yew Tree Farm,Onston Lane, Crowton and worked part time on the farm from the age of 8 and then full time since 1968. He has always had a keen interest in wildlife, habitat and landscape which his job as a farmer and agricultural contractor allowed good enjoyment of. As time went by an opportunity to put something back came by way of a vacancy on Crowton Parish Council in 1995 which led on to Vale Royal Council in 2003 and a councillor with Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2007 to the present day.
- Stewart Pain
Stewart has been a Trustee of the Sandstone Ridge Trust since November 2015. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE, and over a 36-year career as engineer and project manager was Engineering Manager for a signifiant local manufacturing site, and has been responsible for creating capital investment proposals including development of project scopes and business cases, budgets, and general management. He was also a Director of a small company in London for seven years and was involved in a significant directional change in the company's operation to become more effective in its role of providing engineering expertise to industry. Stewart is also a volunteer at Chester Cathedral gardens, a Build Volunteer for the 'Chester Cathedral in Lego' project, and is also a 'Professional in Residence' assisting in teaching Design and Technology at a Chester school.
- Sharon Angus-Crawshaw
Sharon Angus-Crawshaw has a long background in community development and financial inclusion and has held a number of voluntary trustee and board roles for a wide variety of organisations including schools, credit unions, a development trust, a charitable foundation and a trade body. A manager for a local authority, she has a remit for rural and experience in developing the current LEADER programme. Her family have spent 25 years visiting and walking their dogs on the Sandstone Ridge, and as a horse owner she also enjoys riding the tracks and lanes around Primrosehill Wood. She was therefore delighted to be appointed a nominated trustee for the Sandstone Ridge Trust in 2017.
- Phil Griffiths
Phil started his career in mechanical engineering and held several positions before becoming a senior design engineer at an Anglesey based specialist conveyor manufacture. Moving into project management and finally sales, Phil served as Sales and Marketing Director for 7 years before joining a large Dutch based engineering company. Setting up a UK division and Head Office in Chester, Phil successfully ran the UK subsidiary company for 13 years, heading up sales, marketing and aftersales service teams, delivering multi-million pound conveyor and robotic material handling systems to the UK food and drinks industry. Phil is a Cheshire Wildlife Trust member and volunteer and drawing on his experience in business management, marketing and customer relations management, is looking forward to supporting the Trust going forward. Phil is also a keen walker and photographer and is currently helping the Trust organise and improve its photographic library.
- Derek Bell
Derek Bell is a teacher, researcher, advisor and advocate for improving and enriching education for all. He worked in schools and universities before becoming Chief Executive of the Association for Science Education (ASE) and Head of Education at the Wellcome Trust. He remains active in education, nationally and internationally, through his committee and advisory work and has a wide range of publications. He has served as Trustee for several organisations and is currently a trustee of the IBM Trust UK and Primary Science Teaching Trust. He was appointed Professor of Education in The College of Teachers in 2007 and awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education by Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011. Derek is Director of LEARNUS and a visiting research associate at UCL Institute of Education, London. He lives near the southern edge of the Sandstone Ridge and has used the landscape for teaching and personal recreation for nearly 40 years, through his interests in ecology and environmental studies.
Ian Betteley kindly provides financial support to the Trust.