Joel Cadbury, Chair

We’re thrilled to welcome Joel Cadbury as our new Chairman. Joel is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, developing a wide range of highly successful leisure businesses and previously playing active roles as Chair of the Royal Parks Foundation and leading a national wheelchair campaign for Motor Neurone Disease. Joel is delighted to join The Tree Council Board of Trustees and follow in the footsteps of his tree-loving family.

Elizabeth Hiester, Vice Chair

Elizabeth Hiester is particularly interested in the interaction of science, policy and law to encourage greater public engagement in tackling environmental damage. The individual and collective diversity and ubiquity of trees provide a unique opportunity for everyone to be involved. She has a diverse portfolio of legal expertise having headed up the international communications and technology practice as a Clifford Chance partner. Her energy was re-directed to environmental issues through studies at Writtle Agricultural College, an environmental law Masters degree at UCL and several years working on toxic chemicals regulation at ClientEarth. She teaches law at the University of Kent, actively supports its Law Clinic and is a Board Member of PEN International.

Jeremy Simons, Treasurer

Jeremy Simons has been an Elected Member of the City of London Corporation since 2004, taking an interest in the City’s green spaces, the arts, education and environmental issues. He was the Chairman of the Management Committee for Hampstead Heath, which despite being a heath has over 10,000 trees and is now a member of the committee responsible for managing Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches. He helped his father plant a tree in 1973 and planted one more in 1974. He has a professional background in telecommunications, with considerable international experience and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers and a trustee of a number of local charities.

Margaret Holland Prior

Margaret Holland Prior has a lifelong interest in woodlands and forests. Her work in environmental services embraces business development, campaigning, education and conservation with a focus on children and young people. She is a keen supporter of ex-Service personnel having horticultural therapy and of the promotion of land based careers.

Margie worked for the timber based firm, Mallinson-Denny Group, creating the slogan, ‘There is no timber without trees’. She was also involved with The Timber Trade Federation’s Forests Forever Campaign’, persuading timber importers to take up an Environmental Purchasing Policy.

Margie joined The Worshipful Company of Gardeners as an Apprentice when she was 17 years old, and in 2018 – 2019 she hopes she will become Master of that Company. In 1992, The Forest Education Initiative (FEI) was formed to take children with their teachers into a woodland setting. Margie encouraged the early formation of FEI groups across England, Scotland and Wales, through which hundreds of ‘Forest Schools’ have now been established and continue to grow.

Tariq Ahmed

Tariq Ahmed is VP People at Achilles Therapeutics. He has a lifelong connection to the natural environment stemming from his early childhood growing up in the beauty and wildness of the Welsh landscape. From this early stage he has volunteered his time working with others to plant trees. He has done this with Scottish Woodland to plant land on his grandfather’s farm, as well as with BTCV, Red Rose Forest and Forests for the Community.

Through his career he has worked across the globe in over 50 different countries, holding senior positions in major global companies as well as in small entrepreneurial start-up businesses. These roles have been in Sales, Communication and Consulting and he is now focussed on People and Development which is his passion. As are trees.

Andrew Fenwick

Andrew co-founded Brunswick Group in 1987 and is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development in the spring of 1992.

He was a non-executive director of the Royal Parks Agency and a founding Trustee and, from 2013, Deputy Chairman, of the Royal Parks Foundation from 2003 to 2017. He was a Trustee of the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association for fourteen years to 2012.

He enjoys nurturing acorns into Oak trees and looks forward to his Tulip tree flowering for the first time during the next decade.