The board of trustees for the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, a local charity that protects and cares for over 1700 acres of Torbay’s most special green spaces, has appointed a new chairman. Alan Tyerman has been elected to the role by the board, taking over from Nick Powe in May this year.
Nick Powe (Director of the popular Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves) served on the Trust’s board since 2011 and was Chairman for the last three years; being instrumental in leading the Trust’s recovery from financial difficulties in 2011 and putting in place measures to help the charity better manage its financial position.
Having lived in South Devon for over 13 years, Alan Tyerman has been a trustee of the conservation charity since 2013 and has a wealth of experience in both running businesses in Torbay and being involved in local politics, having represented Goodrington with Roselands as a councillor since 2011.
Alan’s involvement with Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust began when he was appointed as Executive Lead for Finance for Torbay Council and, in that capacity, represented the Council in monitoring the Trust’s financial position during a period of extreme financial challenge. Soon after relinquishing that role, Alan was invited to become a trustee in his own right and has remained keenly involved since then.
Of his new role, Alan said ‘I am totally committed to the very valuable work being undertaken by the Trust in land management, conservation and education and in protecting and improving the natural environment in Torbay. I am also very aware that the Trust will only be able to realise its full potential in these areas if it has strong management, committed staff, willing volunteers and a secure financial base. I see it as my task, as Chairman of The Board of Trustees, to work towards making sure all these elements are in place’.
‘I have no doubts that the Trust is well served by its management team and staff and we certainly are blessed with many dedicated volunteers without whom much of the work of the Trust could not be accomplished. However, in the face of financial pressures and likely further reductions in council funding, a major priority for the Trust must be to build greater support from volunteers, particularly those who will actively support the charity through fundraising and helping us to run fundraising events. One of my prime targets for this year is to see that volunteer group established’.
Nick Powe said: “The Trust has been through difficult times balancing its charitable conservation remit and responsibilities with the realities of reduced funding. It has faced major staff restructuring and overhead reductions but despite these pressures, many of Torbay’s coastal and rural spaces are in good shape, the activities and events run by the Trust across Torbay are well supported, and it has a loyal membership.
“The Trust is an independent charity and this offers Torbay unique opportunities. Access, for example, to funding not otherwise available to Torbay Council, such as the grants for the £1.6million Green Heart restoration project in Cockington, legacies and donations. I first got involved with the Trust 11 years ago when I worked on the bid to obtain Global Geopark status for Torbay. The Trust has a major part to play in maintaining this prized international designation and, as we prepare to host the 7th International Conference on Global Geoparks, under the patronage of UNESCO, in September 2016, I will remain closely associated with the work of the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.
“My successor has played a pivotal role in the Trust’s financial turnaround and I step down confident that the Trust will go from strength to strength. I am proud of my time with the Trust and would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff, and the Trustees, for their support over the years. ”
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust director Damian Offer said ‘Nick has been very supportive over my first year with the Trust and I am very grateful for his help and guidance during this time. I would also like to thank Nick for the immense contribution he has made to the Trust over the last four years. I look forward to working with him on further developing awareness of the Geopark in Torbay and delivering a successful conference next year.
Since I joined the Trust in February 2014, Alan Tyerman has been one of our most active and supportive trustees. I have welcomed his insight and financial acumen and appreciated his commitment to fundraising for the Green Heart Appeal. I look forward to working with Alan as the new Chairman of the board of trustees.’
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust cares for many of the Bay’s premier natural spaces including Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Cockington Country Park and Occombe Farm. Find out how you can help protect these places, by becoming a member of the Trust at www.countryside-trust.org.uk.Follow