The board of the Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company is drawn from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including farming, business, the fire service, local government and journalism.

The board are all volunteers and commissions local environmental charity Groundwork South to undertake day to day running of the Regional Park.

John Whitby



John lives and works in the Colne Valley Regional Park. He has over 35 years’ rural experience as part of his family’s farming business. As well as post graduate qualifications in both Countryside Management and Agriculture he brings to the Board his experience of volunteering in the administration of a diverse variety of local and national organisations. John champions the important roles that farmers play, not only producing food, but also managing and enhancing the environment, enabling recreation and providing solutions in renewable energy. He is honoured to lead a Board whose eclectic range of skills delivers expertise enabling it ‘to punch well above its weight. John was a founding Director of the Colne Valley Park in 2012, initially serving as Treasurer until undertaking his current role in late 2017.

Nick Naylor

Vice Chair

Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member

Nick spent much of his career in the business community, initially as an international marketing manager and more recently in general management. He worked all over the world in a variety of roles before starting his own business in 2003, and now works with organisations on performance improvement, innovation, change management and skills development. He has served as Vice Chair since May 2017, and believes having the Chairman from a local business and Vice Chair from a local authority provides a good demonstration of the public/private partnership that is needed to make the Colne Valley Regional Park a success.

Other directors of the Community Interest Company are:

Anthony Longden

Former editor of the Uxbridge Gazette, he now works in crisis management.

David Martin

Former construction manager for a major engineering company. Bucks Councillor for the Chalfont St Peter.

Jane Griffin

Experience includes Planning Manager for Regional Development Agency and Principle Planning Officer for South Bucks and Chiltern Councils.

Mike Woods


Extensive career in countryside management including acting as Countryside & Heritage lead for Bucks County Council.

Wendy Matthews

Resident of Richings Park, Chair of Iver Parish Council and Bucks Councillor.

Carol Gibson

Has had a career as a scientist, she is a long standing resident of Iver Heath and an Iver Parish Councillor.

George Cooper

Uxbridge born and bred. Former Mayor of Hillingdon.

Luisa Sullivan

Local resident in south bucks for 25 years and serving councillor for Bucks County.

Paul Graham


Has been exploring and protecting the countryside around Iver since moving to the area in the ’70’s. Chairman of Iver & District Countryside Association.

Colne Valley Park CIC directors during a development day in June 2019

Advisor (Environment & Rivers)

Tony Booker

Has been fishing in the valley for over 40 years. His roles for board and for the Fisheries Consultative means there is now little time for fishing!

Organisations that have joined as members of the Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company are listed at here.