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Presidents and Patrons

President: Felicity Goodey CBE

Felicity joined the Trust as President in 2011, after a long career as a well-known regional and national journalist and more recently, as a prominent advocate of the arts, healthcare and regeneration issues across the North West. Felicity played a key role in the relocation of a number of the BBC's services from London to Media City in Salford, along with supporting the hugely successful Lowry Theatre and acting as one of the founding board members of the former North West Development Agency. She is also the chairman of University Hospital South Manchester at Wythenshawe, recently acknowledged as Britain’s greenest hospital.

Felicity regularly attends many of the Trust's key annual events, including hosting and chairing the AGM and Members' Day.

Honorary Vice President: Prof. David Norman

David was chair of the Board of Trustees at the Trust from 2004-2012 and was founder chairman of the Mersey Estuary Conservation Group, RECORD (the local biodiversity records centre for Cheshire) and Groundwork Mersey Valley. Nationally, David was a Council member of English Nature (1996-2002), acting as Chairman for six months, and on the Council of the RSPB (2004-09).

David now spends all of his time in voluntary activities, including research on birds through Honorary Research Associate positions at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, USA, and the University of Liverpool Veterinary School. David is a very active bird-ringer including chairing the Merseyside Ringing Group and wrote the acclaimed ‘Birds in Cheshire and Wirral: a breeding and wintering atlas'.

Vice President: Ben Hall

Cheshire born and bred, and still living in Stockport, Ben is one of the UK's most highly-acclaimed wildlife photographers, with his work regularly seen across almost every major British natural history publication from BBC Wildlife, through to the RSPB's Nature's Home and several leading photography magazines. Ben's emotive and evocative images - many of which are captured from here in the region - have received numerous national and international awards, and he shares his passion for British and North West wildlife through talks, a blog and hosting photographic tuition sessions.