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 chair of the local fundraising group for MacMillan Cancer Support and is passionate about promoting the enjoyment of our countryside whilst maintaining its intrinsic character and rural qualities.

Priya Grant – Trustee

Priya is a life-long Anglophile and moved to the UK from Canada in 2013. She works as the Senior Engagement Manager at the Royal Society in London. She has experience in fundraising, communications and events management. She lives with her husband in Harpenden where they enjoy walking and cycling around the local 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 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 responsibility for the walks programme, giving talks to local groups, writing articles for Hertfordshire Life magazine and as a judge for our Awards. 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.


John Newbury – Trustee and Honorary Treasurer

John is a recently retired qualified accountant. His career was spent in a number of different roles for a large oil company, and he has considerable experience of financial reporting and financial management of companies. John has been a CPRE member since 2006 and believes his role is an ideal way to combine his interest in protecting and enjoying the countryside with his financial experience. John is married and lives in Hitchin.

Terry Over – Trustee

Terry has lived in Hertfordshire most of his life. He is a keen organic gardener, loves cycling, keeps bees, and is enthused with a desire for sustainability in our society.  His involvement with a mix of other local environmental organisations allows a deeper appreciation of the wonderful Hertfordshire countryside. He has forty years of experience as a commercial manager in the civil engineering industry and appreciates the opportunity to work with a charity that can encourage more people to reap the incremental benefits of getting outside into our amazing natural environment.

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.

Steve Wiltshire – Trustee

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.