Angus Drever - Chair of Trustees
Angus and his wife, Mina, joined the Gardens in 2011 as volunteers shortly after they moved into the area. Like many visitors to the Garden they were entranced by its beauty and romance. Angus loves taking guided tours around the Gardens to talk about the history of the garden and recounting some of the many fascinating stories and facts about the Countess of Warwick. Before his retirement he ran a number of large and small commercial companies. He is now keeping busy as a Trustee of the Gardens as well as being a Governor at Great Dunmow Primary School, a member of the Eastons Cricket Club and helping out at his son’s film production company.
Jill Goldsmith (IPFA) - Treasurer
Jill first visited the gardens in 1997 with her oldest child not yet walking; and subsequently used to take her young children to enjoy the snowdrops and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake. As a keen allotment holder, Jill volunteered at Easton Lodge with a particular passion to help with the restoration of the walled garden. She takes a keen interest in the history of the gardens and now acts as a tour guide.
Catherine Dean - Trustee
Catherine Dean has visited the Gardens since they were open to the public, and has admired the transformation achieved by Diana and Brian Creasey. As a former teacher, Catherine is particularly keen to be involved with educational projects involving local schools and would also like to encourage greater participation in the Gardens by the local community. For several years Catherine was an Uttlesford District councillor believing that one of her roles was to preserve the heritage of the area for its 21st century residents.
Sue Gilbert - Trustee
Sue Gilbert is a resident of Little Easton and is a retired landscape gardener. She served for 10 years on Little Easton Parish Council as Councillor and Chairman and helped to develop community links with the Gardens of Easton Lodge. Sue is particularly interested in the Garden design features of Harold Peto and is one of the tour guides on open days.
Richard Havis - Trustee
Richard is an archaeologist with 25 years professional experience, including an extensive background in field work and the provision of planning advice in Essex. He has particular knowledge and experience of large scale excavation and survey techniques, with a special interest in landscape archaeology. Outside work his interests include volunteering for the National Trust in traditional woodland management and for the last two years at the Gardens of Easton Lodge. Also enjoys walking, completed all Wainwrights in 2014 and swimming.
Claire Matthews - Trustee
Claire Matthews spent her formative years on her grandfather’s farm in Northamptonshire, where she acquired a lifelong interest in natural history. In recent years and with time on her hands and a small garden of her own she began volunteering at the Gardens. Finding the history of the Gardens fascinating and enjoying the hard work, satisfaction and friendship of other volunteers she got more involved becoming first a member of the Local Management Committee and then shortly after a trustee. Claire is one of the tour guides for open days and group visits and enjoys giving presentations on the history of the Gardens to a variety of clubs and organisations.
Robin Whalley, BA (Cantab), MSc (London) - Conservation & Historic Advisor
Robin Whalley is a well-known authority on Victorian and Edwardian gardens and has made the work of Harold Peto a key area of research. His book The Great Edwardian Gardens of Harold Peto was published in 2007 and numerous articles by him on Peto have appeared over the years. He was awarded a fellowship from Harvard University to study at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in 1994 and was a consultant at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, and is a part-time lecturer at Cardiff and Bristol Universities. He regularly organises and leads garden tours and lectures widely on his subject. He is the co-author of Knot Garden and Parterres and contributes to many magazines.