Trustees

Our Trustees:

■ Nicholas Flynn
■ Owen Lomas
■ Danielle Morley
■ Martin Polden OBE
■ Diana Schumacher OBE
■ Michael Taite (Vice Chair)
■ Jeremy Woods

Diana Schumacher is a founder member and Vice President of the Environmental Law Foundation. In early life Diana was a refugee in India. After repatriation and during her adolescence she developed a keen sense of social justice. Diana has become a prolific writer and social activist focusing on the connections between energy, environment, economics and education (‘the 4 E’s’). Diana has been involved in a plethora of organisations. She is a founder member of the New Economics Foundation, Green Alliance, Green Books (first UK environmental publishing company), and the Gandhi Foundation. She has also been a trustee or patron of over 25 other educational, environmental or development organisations and is currently Vice-President of ECOROPA (Ecological Action Group for Europe).

Martin Polden is the Vice-President, co-founder and the first chair of the E.L.F. Martin has had a long career as a solicitor in general practice. He has focused on how the application of law can be used to counter environmental depredation and be a source of support in protecting community interests. Martin has served on the Law Society Planning and Environmental Law Committee and the European Environmental Bureau; he is a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies and of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1994 he co-authored The Environment and the Law (published by Longman), an account of the interconnectedness of environmental factors with the theme of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. He has made frequent appearances on TV and radio. In 2006 he was appointed O.B.E. ‘For Services to Environmental Law’.

Owen Lomas is a Consultant in Environmental Law to Travers Smith LLP. He was formerly Partner and Head of the the Global and Environmental Law Group at Allen & Overy. Owen has over 25 years experience in environmental, planning and health and safety law in the context of regulatory compliance. Specialist areas include waste management, producer responsibility for waste re-use and recycling, contaminated land, economic instruments, environmental policy and audit, air and water pollution and environmental insurance. Owen is a respected speaker and writer on environmental and climate change issues and is regularly ranked as one of the most highly recommended environmental lawyers in the UK.

Danielle Morley is a qualified solicitor with a background in property and environmental law. She has an MSc in Global Environmental Change and Policy from Imperial College, specialising in Climate Change. Recruited by WaterAid to run Freshwater Action Network in 2001, Danielle has played a significant coordinating and influencing role on international water policy events since the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.

Jeremy Woods is a Lecturer in bioenergy at Imperial College London working on the interplay between development, land-use and the sustainable use of natural resources. Recently he became co-director of the Porter Alliance, a network of UK research institutions dedicated to the development of advanced biorenewables and he chairs the UK working group of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment and coordinates a number of research projects with a focus on African development and the potential for bioenergy production.

Michael Taite is MD of the branding and marketing agency, Blue Moon Creative Ltd where his team looks after a wide range of local, national and international clients. His earlier roles include account director for London and Birmingham advertising agencies and five years as Head of Marketing and Sales for the Mayfair-based Regalian Properties plc, where he was responsible for marketing large property development schemes in central London and across the country.