Board of Directors

The Board of the Alderney Wildlife Trust meets on a monthly basis in the form of a Management Committee in addition to formal Board Meetings.

The Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) operates through a Company Limited by Guarantee - Alderney Wildlife Trust Ltd, whose Board of Directors is appointed annually by the AWT's Membership.

Brian Heath MBE: Chairman, Alderney Wildlife Trust

I have been a member of the AWT since 2003. Originally from Jersey, I have been a regular visitor to Alderney since my late teens and resident with my family between 2003 and 2006.

I graduated from Plymouth Polytechnic with an Honours Degree in Psychology in 1980 concentrating on Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology. I then competed a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Science and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work from Southampton University in 1985 being appointed a Probation Officer by the Jersey Royal Court the same year. My 35 year career was in the Jersey Probation and After Care Service until February 2019, the last nineteen of which were as Chief Probation Officer.

I am currently a Visiting Lecturer in Applied Criminology at UCJ Jersey and a Visiting Fellow of South Wales University. I am also active in a number of other third sector organisations and is the Chief Pilot for Skydive Jersey.  

Brian Bonnard: Director, Alderney Wildlife Trust

Born in Wandsworth, London, 1930, I undertook a 3 year Bsc course in Botany, Chemistry and Physics 1947-50. I was conscripted into the RAMC for 2 years National Service as a Medical orderly.

Having taken early retirement I moved to Guernsey and joined La Société Guernesiaise where I, together with my wife, was active in the Botanical and Bird watching sections, later becoming a member of its Council.

After 4 years I came over to Alderney to give a talk on the Bailiwick Tree Survey to the Alderney Society Natural History section. I liked the beauty and quiet of Alderney and looked for a house here, moving into the small bungalow on Platte Saline about a year later and joining the Alderney Society in 1986. I became the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) Recorder for the island, a position which I still hold, and contribute all of the records from Alderney to their Millennium project update of the “New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora”. 

I have had 6 books published about Alderney's history and natural history since coming to the island.

I was asked to become a Director at the Trust's inception in 2002 and acted as Treasurer before taking on the role of AWT President.  After the maximum single period as President, I stood down, though maintained my role as a director on the Board.

Ingrid Brooke: Director, Alderney Wildlife Trust

Born in Liverpool, I was educated at Holly Lodge comprehensive school. Whilst there, an inspirational teacher helped to develop my love of biology with field work and conservation being a particular interest. I went on to study for a degree in Ecology at the University of Leeds where I also completed my PGCE in Secondary Science Education. I then went on to teach science at a comprehensive school in Doncaster for over twenty years where along with another colleague, I opened and managed the school’s successful sixth form. During my teaching career, I encouraged students to enjoy the outdoors through participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. In Doncaster, I acted as the head of the school’s D of E operating authority.

During the holidays, myself and my husband have always enjoyed getting away from the crowds to visit the UK countryside with trips to the Outer Hebrides and other Scottish and Irish Islands. When I saw an advertisement for a teacher on the island of Alderney, it was a great opportunity for a complete change and I am now the secondary science teacher at St Anne’s school. Since arriving in 2017 I have continued my involvement with D of E. I also continue to promote my love of wildlife by helping the students raise money to buy an acre of rainforest, plant 130 trees around the site and have coordinated students and staff to achieve the Woodland Trust's prestigious ‘Woodland School’ Gold award for St Anne’s.

Emma Burrows: Director, Alderney Wildlife Trust

I joined the Board of the AWT in August 2019. I've been visiting Alderney regularly for over 40 years and love the island. My husband two children and I try and spend as much as time as possible in Alderney, and we all really enjoy the easy access to nature, the gorgeous coastline and of course the wonderful wildlife. One of the amazing things I've discovered about the Trust since joining is that the AWT has provided around 150 manhours in the last year to maintain heritage and footpaths for the island!

In my non Alderney life I live and work in London. I've been a solicitor for about 30 years and a partner in the same City firm for over 25 years. I work with over 100 charities in the UK and have written and contributed to textbooks on law for charities. I help the Trust by ensuring that we have a good regulatory framework in place and practice good governance.

I've sat on boards of charities for over 30 years and bring lots of experience as a board member to the AWT. I love being involved with the AWT with its focus on long term sustainability and ensuring that the island remains the beautiful wild haven that it has been for me and the family. I'm really enjoying working with the Trust! 

Nigel Clarke: Director, Alderney Wildlife Trust

I am a retired senior police officer with 32 years policing experience in a variety of roles, including in my final years of service Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Following retirement from policing, I have, in a consultancy capacity, been an advisor to a number of companies on policing issues, including working with IBM as a strategic adviser before retiring fully in 2017. I hold a first degree in Law and M.Phil.

My association with Alderney, began in the 1980’s when visiting the island whilst on diving charter trips, and I moved to Alderney with my wife in 2014. In 2015 we both became volunteers with the Alderney Wildlife Trust (AWT) having been impressed with its work and commitment to the protection and improvement of the island environment for the benefit of wildlife and the preservation of island heritage.

I will be using my experience and skills to develop the AWT further, and together with fellow directors enable it to continue to deliver its core objectives.