Since 2012, the Park has been run by a Community Interest Company, with Groundwork providing practical support as managing agent. Its board is drawn from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including farming, business, the fire service, local government and journalism.

John Whitby

Chair

Farmer

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

Leader of South Bucks District Council

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 members of the Community Interest Company are:

Anthony Longden
Bradley Smith
Carol Gibson
David Martin
David Payne
George Cooper
Jane Griffin
Luisa Sullivan
Mike Woods – Secretary
Paul Graham – Treasurer
Tony Booker

Community Interest Company members at Caps Wood in Denham