Our trustees

The Land Trust has its own board of trustees that represent its founders, the Soil Association, Land Heritage Trust and the Paget Estate, together with other individuals that bring essential expertise to the board.

Mehr Fardoonji

Mehr owns Oakcroft Organic Garden in Cheshire which she has pledged to the Land Trust. In her 20’s Mehr worked for six years in the Gandhi movement, walking to collect land for the landless as part of Vinoba Bhave's land gift movement. She built her own house in India and began to grow organic vegetables on one acre of land. In 1962 she set up Oakcroft as one of the earliest certified organic gardens in the UK. Mehr still lives there, and the garden is now in stockfree management, which means that it has no animal inputs.

 

Joanna Herbert Stepney

Joanna is a longstanding member of the Soil Association. A strong advocate for organic farming, she was unexpectedly left the Paget Estate in 1985. Joanna helped to set up the Land Trust and has pledged her estate to it. She is also involved in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project in Farnham.

 

Elaine Jay

Elaine is a fundraiser and charity manager - she has worked with a number of organisations (including the Soil Association and Devon Wildlife Trust) in a career that now spans over 20 years. She lives on the edge of Dartmoor with a growing flock of chickens!

 

Graeme Matravers

Graeme and his wife Vivienne run Manor Farm in Leicestershire, an organic farm that is part of the Paget Estate. Graeme and Vivienne took over Manor Farm in 1994 and immediately set about converting it to organic. It now includes a pedigree flock of Lleyn sheep, a beef herd of local rare breed cattle, chickens, turkeys, an organic farm shop and organic bakery. Graeme also chairs the Soil Association’s Farmer and Grower Board.

Graeme Matravers 

Roger Mortlock (chair)

Roger is Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. He was previously Deputy Director and Chair of the Food for Life Partnership at the Soil Association, and prior to that Director of Communications at the Royal Shakespeare Company for six years. Roger has worked for the Royal College of Nursing, the charity Community Service Volunteers and the NHS in a range of communications and public policy roles. Before that he worked as a teacher, a writer and a radio journalist for BBC national network and local stations.

Roger Mortlock 

Tom MacMillan

Tom is the Director of Innovation at the Soil Association and is former Director of the Food Ethics Council. Tom was a member of the expert advisory panel for the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit’s Food Matters report, and sits on the BBSRC Science and Society Strategy Panel. He is a director of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, which aims to make healthy and sustainable food readily available across the city.

Tom MacMillan
 

Tim Machen

Tim was a director and later chairman of the Land Heritage Trust, one of the precursors of the Land Trust. Trained in agricultural development, he has worked with farmers in the UK and many countries overseas. Having retired on a smallholding, Tim is involved in local community affairs, including an orchard cooperative.

Tim Machen 

Adam Nicolson

Adam is the author of many books on history and the landscape. He is the son of writer Nigel Nicolson and grandson of the writers Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson and divides his life between Sissinghurst Castle in Kent and his organic farm in Sussex, which he runs with his wife, the gardener and cook Sarah Raven.

 

David Riddle

David is a professional rural surveyor and has more than 30 years of experience in land management specialising in conservation, environment and public benefit. He has worked for the Peak District National Park, and, for nearly 25 years, with the National Trust. His experience has ranged from hands on estate management and running multi-million pound visitor businesses to strategic planning and consultancy at national level. As Director of Land Use for the National Trust he was responsible for the development of countryside conservation and sustainable land management policy across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He now works as an independent Rural Resource Management Consultant.