'Conserving wildlife and ancient landscape'


Registered Charity Number: 702488 


Adrian Darby OBE (Chairman) founded Kemerton Conservation Trust in 1989 and owns the Kemerton Estate, which collaborates closely with the Trust.  He was a fellow and tutor in economics at Keble College, Oxford University (1963–1985), and visiting lecturer in environmental economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.  He subsequently served as Chairman of the RSPB (1986–1993), and Vice President from 1996 onwards.  His other conservation roles include Chairman of Plantlife International (1994-2002), Chairman of Planta Europa (1998-2004), trustee of the Herpetological Conservation Trust (1995-), Chairman of the UK Committee of the World Conservation Union (1996–1999), board member of the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency (1997-). Most recently he served as Chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee of the United Kingdom (2004-2007).  Adrian was appointed OBE for services to nature conservation in 1996.

Kate Connor lives in Herefordshire and teaches architectural design at Bath University.  She is also a practising architect, with an interest in landscape and the natural environment.

Matthew Darby co-founded Kemerton Conservation Trust in 1989.  As well as helping to manage Kemerton Estate with his father, Adrian, Matthew works as a consultant to the Landscape Agency as a landscape historian and designer.  His other conservation roles include: trustee of Iris Darnton Foundation in association with WWF (2004-); board member of Cotswolds Conservation Board (2007-).

Peter Doble is farm manager of the Kemerton Estate and brings to the Trust his in-depth knowledge and experience of the interface between farming and conservation.  He administers several agri-environment schemes on the Trust’s behalf.

Lord Howick of Glendale founded the world-renowned Howick Arboretum in 1985, a collection of rare trees grown entirely from wild-origin seeds collected in various temperate parts of the world, particularly China and Japan.  He is currently a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the Chelsea Physic Garden, as well as a member of the Advisory Council for Westonbirt and Bedgebury Arboreta.  The Garden and Arboretum at Howick had over 26,000 visitors last year.

Carl Nicholson has been a governor since the Trust was founded.  He worked for the RSPB from 1972 until his retirement in 2000.  In 1978 he set up the Midlands Regional Office at Droitwich.  He has been involved in national exhibitions and single species viewing projects - including peregrines, herons, red kites and ospreys.  He has also undertaken bird surveys and been involved in law enforcement.  He now works for the RSBP on a voluntary basis.  Carl also has a farming background and managed a 200 acre fruit farm in Cambridgeshire prior to his work for the RSPB.

Roger Workman has lived in Kemerton since 1968.  He is prominent in local business as Chairman & Managing Director of Cotteswold Dairy Limited and was a long-term supporter of KCT before becoming a Governor.  He has been very involved in community events and fundraising, serving for many years as a Parish Councillor and treasurer of Kemerton Village Hall.  He has a passion for protecting the wildlife and natural beauty of the Bredon Hill area.

Dr. Margaret Palmer MBE divides her time between her home near Peterborough and her nature reserve in New Zealand. In 1979 she joined the Nature Conservancy Council as a freshwater ecologist and later was Head of Species Branch in JNCC. She now runs a one-woman consultancy. She has served on Wildlife Trust and BSBI Committees and as a Trustee of Plantlife, the British Ecological Society and Buglife.