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Our Trustees


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.

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. He was the first 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 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 Peter 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 hill-forts 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 currently leading the Trust's Beneath the Ridge Project. 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.
  • 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 was formally appointed as a Trustee for the Sandstone Ridge Trust in 2018, having acted in a nominated role since 2017. She has an extensive 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. She was formerly a senior manager for a local authority, where she held a rural remit and was responsible for establishing the 2015/19 EU LEADER programme, and she is currently the Vice-Chair of Cheshire East Countryside Access Forum. Her current interests also include supporting the British Horse Society Project 2026, for as a horse owner she enjoys riding the tracks and lanes around Utkinton near Tarporley, where magnificent views across the Sandstone Ridge can be experienced.
  • Derek Bell
    Derek 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.
  • Nicholas Holmes
    After gaining an MSc and PhD in palaeontological research, Nick spent an initial 3 years in Aberdeen as a geological consultant, before moving to Cheshire and living in close proximity to the Ridge. Based in Chester, Nick then set up his own consultancy in 1995 (in Northwich), to provide a range of geological services; growing the business to one of the largest of its type in the UK. He was responsible for marketing, developing and managing often very large, international projects, as well as providing technical lead and interpretation. Latterly, Nick was an Associate Lecturer at Birmingham University, teaching environmental interpretation of fossil groups on an MSc Course. Following recent retirement, he has been involved in various Sandstone Ridge Trust projects as well as volunteering for Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Nick's background, together with a strong interest in the forces that shape the landscape of the Ridge, make Nick a welcome addition to the team of Trustees. Nick is very keen to develop our appreciation of and public accessibility to local geological heritage.
  • Ian Betteley
    Ian kindly provides financial support to the Trust.
  • Alexandra Roberts
    Alex is our day-to-day Book-Keeper and works closely with Ian and the team.
  • Terri Hull
    Terri is in charge of communications and keeps our Website up-to-date as well as overseeing the publicity for the Farmer Network.