The Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of three new trustees to further strengthen their board and help shape Dartington’s work over the coming years.

Greg Parston, Chairman of Dartington Trust, says: “The Board is very pleased to be welcoming Amanda Jordon, Rachel Watson and Peter Goldsbrough as new trustees. These are very difficult times for charities throughout the UK. To be able to add the new trustees’ skills and experience in strategy, corporate responsibility and serving our various publics will strengthen our abilities and resolve to reinvigorate the Trust, as we emerge out of the closures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Board is working, even now, on a new strategy that will focus our efforts on learning ecology and arts, and we have already begun to appreciate the very positive influence that Amanda, Rachel and Peter bring to our deliberations and decision-making.

“These appointments come as we wish trustee Nigel Topping the very best on his sabbatical from the Board following his appointment as High Level Champion for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which is to be held in the UK.”

Rachel Watson

Rachel has over 30 years of experience in marketing and communications.  She has spent the last 15 years leading the brand and marketing at Riverford Organic Farmers, a highly successful and values-driven organisation a few fields away from the Dartington estate.

Brand and customer insight have always been the area of marketing closest to Rachel’s heart and she knows the importance of understanding an organisation’s brand, sharing a sense of it with all stakeholders, internal and external, and remaining true to it through thick and thin.

Before joining Riverford, Rachel spent 20 years at a London-based agency specialising in customer insight, brand and marketing.

Responding to her appointment, Rachel said: “Dartington has been a part of my life since I was a child. It has shaped the character of the community I live in.  It has provided a rich and beautiful backdrop – both natural and cultural – which I, along with many other locals, have enjoyed and probably taken too much for granted.  I look forward to playing a part in helping Dartington thrive for coming generations”.

Rachel Watson

Amanda Jordan OBE

Amanda is the chair and co-founder of Corporate Citizenship – a leading international sustainability management consultancy. Amanda’s career began in the voluntary sector, focusing on policy and advocacy, before she moved into the business sector in the NatWest Group as director of community affairs, and later director of CSR – the first such role in a FTSE 100 company.

Amanda has held many third sector roles such as chair of the National Literacy Trust and trustee of the Money Advice Service. She has held regulatory roles such as independent director of the Banking Code Standards Board and chair of IWF – a unique early self-regulator of ISPs – and also maintained her links to public policy as an advisor to the Social Exclusion Unit (1997-2001) and the New Deal Advisory Group.

Amanda has been involved in funding issues as a founder Board member of the National Lottery Community Fund and chair of the Baring Foundation, which then lead to her chairing the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) until 2018. Amanda currently chairs the #iwill Fund – a collaboration between The Lottery, Government and private funders to promote and support youth social action. She remains Vice President of the National Literacy Trust.

Peter Goldsbrough

Peter is a senior leader experienced in the private, public and charitable sectors. Peter was a managing director at The Boston Consulting Group and is now a senior advisor to the firm. He is a non-executive director of Imperial College Healthcare Trust, and a trustee of the Fidelity UK Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Education Endowment Foundation and a visiting professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College.

Peter advises senior leaders of major organisations in a variety of sectors on strategic direction and operational performance. He has specialised in the leadership of large-scale operational and organisational change. His geographic experience covers the UK, Europe, the US, Asia and Australasia.

He was educated at Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School.

Peter has a long standing family connection with South Devon.

Peter Goldsborough

Please contact Catherine.gledhill@dartington.org for further info. You can find out more about the board here.

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