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Our people

When we opened our first office in Grantham we had just one member of staff - John James - who eventually became the Trust's first chief executive. Currently, the Woodland Trust has nearly 500 employees working across the UK as well as 4,200 volunteers. They are all crucial to our success.


A large proportion of our personnel work from our head office in Grantham, but many, particularly our woodland officers, are home-based. We also have offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with staff in each of these locations too.

Want to join us? View our current job opportunities.


We, like every other UK charity, are governed by a group of trustees who make up our Board. Trustees are required to retire every four years and may offer themselves for reappointment for a further period of four years.

Read about our current board of trustees.


A diverse range of ambassadors help us to spread the word about the many benefits of woods and trees. Passionate advocates of our cause, they give their time to raise awareness for the Trust and help us raise the funds needed to stand up for trees.

Find out more.


Volunteers provide a valuable contribution to our work.

We rely on our workforce of nearly 4,200 regular volunteers to help with a broad range of activities at every level of the organisation, from planting trees to sitting on our board of trustees.

Find out more about volunteering opportunities.

Our president

Find out more about Clive Anderson, our president for more than ten years.

Our founder 

We were established from humble beginnings in 1972 by Kenneth Watkins OBE. Learn more about him and how it all began.

Our chief executive

Beccy Speight joined us as chief executive officer in 2014. Read more.