Following on from our recent recruitment process, Marks Hall Estate are delighted to announce the appointment of two new Trustees to the board.

Bill Conner and Bob Cowlin have been formally approved by the existing Trustee Board and started their terms from 1st December 2017.  They will be working alongside current Trustees to secure the long term future of this special place.

Bill Conner - Professional Fundraising and Strategy Consultant

In a career spanning over 40 years Bill has worked in fundraising, marketing, sales, alumni relations, board development, members’ schemes and capital campaigns. Bill has a huge amateur interest in plants generally and trees especially, is the proud owner of a registered tree farm in New Hampshire for the past 15 years and on land that has been in his family for several generations.

Bob Cowlin - Conservation Farmer and retired Chartered Surveyor

As a Chartered Surveyor Bob studied land and estate management and for the last 40 years worked with Strutt and Parker LLP. As a landowner Bob has managed and developed a 70 acre farm as a private nature reserve, planting new woodland, restoring listed buildings, meadows, hedgerows and footpaths.  Bob has also been very involved in conservation matters working as the Essex Badger Recorder for the Mammal Society, and manages his farm principally for barn owls and dormice.

Rebecca Lee, General Manager at Marks Hall "We are delighted to welcome Bob and Bill to the Marks Hall Estate Board of Trustees.  We were pleased to receive many compelling applications and we feel confident that our new Trustees will be working hard to support the work of the Charity.  Our Trustees play a key role in securing the future of Marks Hall and are responsible for overall governance, as well as ensuring all activity is in keeping with the Charity’s objects and delivers on our strategic objectives.  All our Trustees bring with them a broad range of skills that help us protect and enhance this special place for generations to come."

Marks Hall Estate is a registered charity administered by a body of Trustees.  All the Trustees are volunteers who meet regularly to consider policy and overall strategy.  They receive no remuneration but dedicate their time and expertise to the well-being of Marks Hall. They are normally appointed for a period of five years and often invited to renew their commitment for a further five years on expiry of the first period.