Friends of the Earth Limited
Funding and governance

Friends of the Earth Limited is committed to:

The protection and improvement of the environment
A good life for everyone who lives on our planet
A green economy that respects the limits of the natural world

Relationship with local volunteer groups

Friends of the Earth Limited owns the Friends of the Earth trademark. We grant local groups a licence to campaign under our name subject to some limitations under the agreement.

Local groups also sign a Partnership Agreement setting out how local groups, our networks and staff should support each other.

Board of Friends of the Earth Limited

Chris Church

Chris is Director of the Community Environment Associates consultancy and chairs the Climate Action England (formerly the UK Low Carbon Communities Network). He also works with excluded communities for the Big Lottery ‘Big Local’ programme, is a director of Mapping for Change, an Honorary Research Associate at University College London, and an Associate of the Green Alliance and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation.

Stephen Hale

Stephen is the Chief Executive of Refugee Action. He has previously worked for Oxfam International managing Oxfam's global campaigning, and as the Director of the Green Alliance. He is the author of The New Commandments of Climate Change Strategy (2010) and The New Politics of Climate Change (2008). Stephen has an OBE for services to the environment.

Kate Hand

Interim Chair of Friends of the Earth Limited

Kate is a Principal Policy Officer at London Councils, and previously spent a decade working in environmental policy, including at RSPB, Wildlife and Countryside Link and the Community Development Foundation. She has been a trustee at People & Planet, and is Treasurer of Hackney and Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth.

Kay Polley

Kay lives in North Wales, and has been an active member of the Llangollen and District Friends of the Earth group since 2010. Since 2011 she has been the lead community organiser for TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities), an alliance of community organisations, faith groups, and schools in North Wales. Kay is a Welsh learner and hopes to become fluent one day.

Anne Schiffer

Anne recently completed a PhD at Queen's University Belfast that critiques the role of designers in international development and has a specific focus on designing energy futures in The Gambia. She also works as Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University.

Matt Wright

Matt has a career spanning public, private and not for profit sectors, including roles as Head of Digital and Corporate Marketing at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust; Deputy Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at Shelter; and Head of Marketing and Communications at The Carbon Trust. Matt currently works in marketing/communications consultancy for a range of clients, supports a range of environmental causes, and is a keen sailor and walker. He has an MBA from Cranfield and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University.