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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.

I’ve been a social and environmental activist all my adult life. My partner and her brother own a 250-acre organic sheep and beef farm, where I work as a volunteer.

I’m a member of Extinction Rebellion, seeing the twin crises of climate breakdown and ecological collapse as the greatest challenge civilization has ever faced. I am also a father, a grandfather, a beekeeper, a vegetable grower, a political activist, a bird lover, a cook.

I have a deep sense of identity with Cornwall, my home for 40 years. Much of my career has been in campaigning to retain services and facilities in rural Cornwall and in finding ways of supporting those most isolated, impoverished or least able to fend for themselves in our communities.

I served as chief executive of the Cornwall Rural Community Charity and more recently of the Cornwall Community Foundation. I was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to rural communities.

Karen has a legal and commercial professional background and worked for BG Group Plc for 26 years. She qualified as a lawyer with Linklaters then practised there for several years as a commercial lawyer. In BG Group Karen worked on several major projects and became Deputy General Counsel in 1997. Subsequently she had commercial and country management roles for BG Group in Trinidad and Canada.

Karen was an Environment Agency Board Member for six years from 2012 and chaired the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, taking a particular interest in the work of the Devon Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Currently Karen is a governor of Cornwall College and is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and a member of the Remuneration) Search and Governance Committees. Karen is also a trustee of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Married with two grown up daughters her interests include hiking, rowing, ski-ing, sailing and working with environment groups including the National Trust and the Roseland Environment Action Team.

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.

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.