Meet the Partnership Board

Nature North: working together to drive nature recovery in the North of England

A consortium of leading environmental organisations in the North of England has joined forces to support the delivery of nature recovery at a strategic scale. This is the first known initiative of its kind in the UK working at this magnitude.

Nature North is a collaboration led by:
Environment Agency; Natural England; National Landscapes in the North of England; the National Parks in the North of England; The National Trust; The Wildlife Trusts; RSPB England; The Rivers Trust; The Woodland Trust; The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


The Partnership Board is made up from representatives from the lead organisations.

Nature North Partnership Board Members

Sue Longstone, Director of Operations (North)

Environment Agency

David Renwick, Regional Operations Director for the North

Natural England

Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director

National Landscapes Association

Tony Gates, Chief Executive, Northumberland National Park Authority

National Parks Authorities

Mike Innerdale, Regional Director – North of England 

National Trust

Steve Trotter, Chief Executive, Cumbria Wildlife Trust

The Wildlife Trusts

Dr Tom Burditt, CEO of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

The Wildlife Trusts

Jim Wardill, Operations Director, Northern England


Dr Amina Aboobakar. Director of Strategic Development and Stewardship for The Rivers Trust, seconded from United Utilities

The Rivers Trust

Alistair Crosby, Regional Director ‑ Northern England

Woodland Trust

Ivor Crowther

National Lottery Heritage Fund

Liam McAleese, Director of Our Natural World

Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation