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Meet our trustees

Allan McNab – Chairman

Allan is a Chartered Management Accountant whose career developed in several different industries and culminated as a partner in Coopers & Lybrand. He has lived in Hertfordshire for a total of 47 years and has recently retired from Aston Parish Council after 16 years. This included chairing the preparation of the Aston Parish Plan in 2005, and actively opposing developments in the Green Belt east of Stevenage and in the East Herts District Plan. He is very interested in countryside matters and is a member of Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and the River Beane Restoration Association.

Alison Young – Vice Chairman

Alison has had a long and successful career in Planning, with over 30 years in Local Government Planning departments, including 10 years leading the Development Management service for East Hertfordshire District Council. She is now the director of a planning consultancy based in East Herts. Alison has a BA (Hons) degree in Town Planning from London South Bank University and a Certificate of Management Concepts & Skills in Planning from the University of Cambridge. Alison is passionate about promoting the enjoyment of our countryside whilst maintaining its intrinsic character and rural qualities.

Steve Wiltshire – Treasurer

Steve has lived in St Albans for over thirty years with his wife and family. He established his own management consultancy after a long career in investment management, and also has public and private sector experience of applied environmental science. Steve has a doctorate in hydrology and degrees in river engineering and art history. He is a keen walker and cyclist and is passionate about protecting the Hertfordshire countryside.

Elizabeth Hamilton – Trustee

Elizabeth was born and brought up in Hertfordshire and returned with her family in 1996. A geographer and ecologist, she has worked or volunteered in wildlife and countryside management since 1977. She first volunteered for us in 2004 and was Chairman from 2009-14; she was also a national CPRE Trustee for six years until 2017. In addition to rejoining the Trustee Board in 2020, her voluntary roles with CPRE Hertfordshire currently include giving talks to local groups, helping with marketing and fundraising, and writing content for our digital media. A keen walker and gardener, she is working to improve her wildlife photography skills, and her photographs appear regularly on our website and social media.


Adam Hopwood – Trustee

Originally from Yorkshire, Adam settled in Digswell in early 2018, where he now lives with his wife and two children. After graduating from Clare College, Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences and Management Studies, he has built a career in business transformation within the telecoms sector. Adam spends as much time as possible immersed in the picturesque Hertfordshire countryside, whether walking, cycling or enjoying nature with his family. He recently returned to Cambridge to complete a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership.

Claire Russell – Trustee

Claire is a qualified solicitor. She has worked for a large regional utility since 2002 where she is now Group Legal Director and Company Secretary. Claire has a law degree from King’s College Cambridge and an MBA from Cranfield Business School. In 2012 she resumed her studies and completed a post-graduate diploma in EU Competition Law at King’s College London. In her spare time, Claire enjoys walking, cycling and running in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.