Friends of the Earth Trust
Funding and governance

Friends of the Earth Trust 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.

Our charitable objectives

1. The advancement of education for the public benefit 

In particular, the advancement of education in ecology, natural history, resource conservation, sustainable development and environment studies.

2. The conservation, protection and sustainable use for the public benefit of the earth's natural environment

Including bio-diversity, atmosphere, water, land and natural resources.

3. The promotion of sustainable development for the benefit of the public by:

  • the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources
  • conducting or commissioning research and publishing the results of such research.

'Sustainable development' means improving the quality of life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems and the natural environment.

Board of Friends of the Earth Trust

Tony Burton

Tony is Vice Chair of the Big Lottery Fund and Executive Chair of Sustainable Homes. He was awarded a CBE in the Jubilee Honours in 2012, and has been a Board Director of both the National Trust and CPRE, and has chaired Wildlife and Countryside Link.

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.

Frances Butler

Co-opted to 2018 (Chair)

Frances is Chair of Friends of the Earth Trust. She has been Chair of Liberty, Vice Chair of the British Institute of Human Rights, a human rights policy adviser and a practising lawyer. Frances has worked on community energy projects in Camden, North London and is currently doing a PhD at University College London researching the state’s responsibility to act on climate change.

Kate Hand

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.

Afsheen Rashid

Afsheen is Repowering’s Co-founder Director and Chief Operating Officer and sits as Chair of the Brixton Energy Solar Co-operatives. She is also Chair of Community Energy England. She pioneered Lambeth Council’s Community Energy Programme and was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at Department of Energy Climate Change.

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.

Bill Swan

Bill has been a member of Friends of the Earth for over 25 years. He is managing Director of BPR Group and in 2006 he founded Carbon Smart. He has a MA in Natural Sciences (Cambridge 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.