CIOSLNP Board Members

Prof Kevin Gaston

Kevin J. Gaston is Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation, and founding director of the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), at the University of Exeter.

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Kevin is amongst the most highly cited research ecologists, has published 13 books and more than 400 science papers, and was elected to the Academia Europaea. His research interests span biodiversity, conservation biology, ecosystem services and urban ecology. He is particularly well known for his work on the factors that determine why some species are very rare and others extraordinarily common, and the diverse consequences, many of profound importance to humanity, that result.

Robin is a member of the House of Lords and chairs its EU Energy and Environment sub-committee.  He speaks in particular in the Lords on climate change and energy issues.  

A former board member of the Marine Management Organisation he also takes a close interest in the marine environment and fisheries.  

He is a trustee of the Green Purposes Company which holds the ‘green share’ in the Green Investment Bank, a director of the think tank Policy Connect, and Wessex Investors Ltd.  

He represented Cornwall and Scilly as its MEP during the 1990s.  He lives in mid-Cornwall.

Nick is Regional Director for the RSPB, leading a team of 160 staff and 1,000 volunteers across South West England. He has worked for the RSPB for 15 years, previously in Northern England and London, where he specialised in nature reserve & operational management.

Nick has a particular interest in environmental leadership and aligning partners & the wider public around a common cause.

Nick grew up in Wiltshire, where his family have farmed for many generations. This has given Nick both an affinity with the farming community and a passion to make the farmed environment more nature-friendly. Having been blessed with a childhood in the countryside, Nick is also a strong advocate for providing opportunities to connect young people of all backgrounds with nature.

Carolyn Cadman has recently taken on the role of Chief Executive.

Previously working for the Countryside Agency, Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation, Carolyn has, for the last 2 ½ years, delivered a new programme of culture change at Cornwall Council.

Carolyn sees Cornwall Wildlife Trust playing a central and growing role in achieving our ambitions for environmental growth, continuing to work in close partnership with local communities, landowners, volunteers, businesses, and indeed the five million visitors to Cornwall each year.

Laurence has managed the catchment-based projects at the Westcountry Rivers Trust for the past five years, including the development of the Trust’s Payments for Ecosystem Services projects. 

His specialisms include modelling ecosystem services and environmental surveying and he has extensive experience monitoring freshwater habitats, lecturing on riparian and water resource management as well as carrying out catchment research with several research institutes.  

Tom is an independent consultant based in St. Germans. His work focuses on Marine Protected Area planning and management effectiveness; project development and fundraising. He was formerly the Head of Marine Policy at the RSPB. Between 2005 and 2011 he led Finding Sanctuary, a project that brought together stakeholders from across the South West to design Marine Conservation Zones. 

Having been with the National Trust for nearly 30 years operating in Cornwall and the South West, Nick is looking to embed a sustainable future in the work he does with the Trust as well as Cornwall as a whole. 

With a personal passion and commitment to maintaining Cornwall’s special character, landscape and environment, Nick has a track record of making things happen, having set up a large number of major projects across Cornwall working with key statutory agencies.

Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods

Cornwall Council

Paul was appointed to the position of Director in April 2014 following significant periods as the Interim Chief Executive and Assistant Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, and its predecessors Cornwall County Council and North Cornwall District Council. He is currently the Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods whose remit includes the environment, fire service, localism, neighbourhoods and public protection, and strategy and engagement.

Paul has extensive experience of the public sector following a long career in Local Government which began in 1984 when he joined North Cornwall District Council as a District Environmental Health Officer, gradually working his way up the ranks.

Paul is a key member of the Council’s leadership team and works at local, regional and national levels to inform the strategic direction of Cornwall Council and to actively influence the development of Government policy from a rural perspective.