TOE2 People

  • Karen Woolley, Chairman >

    Originally a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) working mainly in submarine communications, I moved to Oxfordshire in 1988, and have since played an active role within the community, primarily in education, local government and the environment. I spent 8 years as a School Governor, 12 years as Parish Councillor, and helped establish a number of different community organisations, including the Woodcote Conservation Group. I have worked in the Charity Sector for over 20 years, including 6 years for the environmental charity BTCV. For the past 16 years, I have been a Charity consultant, providing advice and support for income generation and strategic development. I used to fence for Wales and the WRNS, but have now replaced that hobby with a passion for fly fishing.

  • Jake Piper >

    My academic training covered international development, forestry and land management, then after some years in environmental consultancy I completed a PhD in environmental policy.     Whilst working at Oxford Brookes University  (for 15+ years) I have taught on courses concerned with environmental assessment and policy.

    I have been involved with other European researchers on projects concerned with climate change and its impacts on biodiversity, and I continue to act for the European Commission as an expert assessor for the European Green Capital Award.   In  2010 I published Spatial Planning and Climate Change with my colleague Elizabeth Wilson.  I am also co-editor of a journal dealing with sustainable urban development.

    My other voluntary work includes being vice chair of governors for an Oxfordshire school.

  • Liesl Elder >

    Liesl Elder

    Director of Development, the University of Oxford

    Liesl Elder has been working in educational fundraising since 1993, and has held roles in both the United States and the UK. She has expertise in annual funds, major gifts, campaign management, alumni relations, marketing, public relations and corporate events.

    In 2011, she joined the team at the University of Oxford to lead the Oxford Thinking Campaign into the future. The Campaign has achieved over £1.8bn to date and is the largest educational campaign in Europe.

  • Cllr David Nimmo Smith >

    I am a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer, and have worked for over 40 years on all forms of construction projects in the UK and overseas. I was elected to Henley town Council in 1983, and have been heavily involved with local clubs, societies and charities since then. I was elected to Oxfordshire County Council in 2005, and I am the Cabinet Member for Environment. I am an Executive Board Member of the Chilterns Conservation Board.

  • Dominic Lamb >

    I have worked in nature conservation as a volunteer and professional since 1993. I have worked for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and for the last 10 years as Countryside Officer for South Oxfordshire District Council and more recently also with the Vale of White Horse. I am a Trustee of the Oxfordshire Nature Conservation Forum and I chair the Oxfordshire Biodiversity Action Plan Steering Group. In my spare time I also run the local conservation group in Letcombe Regis.

  • Anita Prosser >

    I was born and educated in the UK having spent my early years in West Africa. Following a degree in Botany and Zoology I worked in education and as a researcher for a wildlife film company

    For over 30 years I worked for BTCV initially setting up training schemes for the unemployed and then moving on to establish BTCV International and activities. Working in over 32 countries throughout the world, and running organisational training programmes in central and Eastern Europe, Japan and Africa, and helping to establish National Conservation Volunteer organisations and volunteering activity. Recently I focused on European funding including transnational work, influencing EU on its Volunteering policy and recently on the new EU growth funds.

    Alongside this in a voluntary capacity I am a board member of a number of European and local organisations and chair the European funding network on behalf of NCVO

  • Helen Sandhu >

    I txt to come

  • David Gwillim >

    I have recently moved to Woodcote with my family. I am a practising solicitor advocate and Partner with Pitmans LLP, which I joined in 2013 after over 30 years in the City. I work with the construction sector and have a particular interest in sustainability and the way in which the built environment impacts on our rural environment.

  • Sarah Parker >

    I am a researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, looking at the UK energy system with a focus on community energy, behaviour change and public engagement with sustainability issues. I am delighted to be a Trustee and Director of TOE2 and use my experience and expertise to further the Trust's mission. When not supporting local sustainability initiatives I love to cook and garden

  • Toni Robinson >

    After completing a degree in Environmental Science I worked in countryside management for a short time before deciding on a career in waste management. I now have nearly 25 years experience in this industry with much of this time spent managing landfill sites. In recent years my role at Grundon has broaden and I am presently the Compliance Manager with my main focus being related to the environmental and health and safety aspects of the business. I live close to Wantage and in my spare time I enjoy exploring the Oxfordshire countryside with my daughter.

  • Staff >

    Fiona Danks, Director

    After doing an ecology degree and a PGCE, I worked for several years in environmental education. I joined ORCC in 1998 to administer TOE (the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment), overseeing the distribution of over £5million of landfill tax credit funding to community and environmental projects across Oxfordshire over a 12 year period.  I now combine working for TOE2 with writing books in partnership with Jo Schofield. Under the name Going Wild we are writing a series of fully illustrated books to inspire children and families to get outdoors to enjoy and explore the natural world.


    Lynn Parker, Administrator

    I joined the team in September 2014 working one day a week. After completing a dissertation on the Biodiversity Action Plan process, I became the first Biodiversity Action Plan Co-ordinator in Oxfordshire, working for ONCF (now Wild Oxfordshire). Following this I worked for The Environment Council facilitating debates on contentious environmental issues before working for the Building Research Establishment, where I managed the technical team writing environmental building standards for new and refurbished homes. In my spare time I like gardening and vegetable growing, I’m Chair of Governors at our local school and dream of building my own eco-house.

  • Grant panel >

    The Grant Panel is a group of experts who volunteer their time to consider each grant application made to TOE2.  The panel meets four times a year to scrutinise the applications.

    Members of the Grant Panel are grouped below where their main area of expertise lies:


    Mike Furness
    Karen Woolley



    Dominic Lamb
    Camilla Burrow
    Chris Parker
    Anita Prosser


    Low Carbon Agenda
    Jake Piper
    Toni Robinson

    Richard Harding

  • Independent Assessors >

    Each grant application submitted to TOE2 is assessed by a volunteer assessor with relevant expertise, before being considered at a Grant Panel meeting.  The TOE2 Grant Panel and Board hugely appreciate the scrutiny and advice provided by the independent assessors. Each funding application is evaluated in terms of relevant work already going on in Oxfordshire, where it fits into broader strategies, what will be achieved on the ground and longer term sustainability.

TOE2 board members visiting an access project

© Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment (TOE2) 2015
Charity Number: 1140563

Our Funders include: Grundon Waste Management Ltd - Patsy Wood Trust – Oxfordshire County Council – Beatrice Laing Trust – Network Rail - TVERC