We are a small, committed and friendly team of local Trustees.
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.
Sue Gilbert - Chair of Local Management Committee
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.
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 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.
Lizzy Gardiner – Trustee
Lizzy was a fairly regular visitor to the garden when her children were small, being drawn back by the charm of the place. On returning a couple of years ago, she was impressed and delighted with the huge improvements that had been made. Lizzy is a lawyer working full time in the Civil Service, but she enjoys helping out on Open Days (and, as a keen amateur gardener, looks forward to the occasional day hands-on in the garden).
Steven Ratcliffe - Trustee
Steven has volunteered at the Gardens. He had a distinguished career as a scientist working for GSK (Glaxo Smith Kline) in the field of peptides. The Gardener Ratcliffe building was named for him by Cambridge Research Biochemicals for his contribution to peptide science. He brings strong practical and analytical skills and a good knowledge of Health and Safety, and is looking forward to being a hands on Trustee.
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.