Douglas French, Chair
Previously a partner of Clifford Chance, the international law firm, Doug continues to be involved with his firm as trainer and mentor to young lawyers. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Legal Advice Centre in Bethnal Green and a pro bono legal adviser.
Doug is a Founding Friend of The Tree Council and Life Member of the Woodland Trust and Royal Horticultural Society, as well as being an active volunteer gardener at Barnard Park in Islington. Alongside his love of trees and the natural environment, Doug’s other interests include Arsenal FC and football, having recently been appointed an FA Coach.
Albert Scardino, Vice Chair
Albert Scardino is an independent journalist and media investor with an active involvement in hedge laying, tree pruning and landscape preservation. His newspaper work earned him the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. In the US, he served as press secretary to the Mayor of the City of New York and as an adviser to the Chairman of the Securities & Exchange Commission. In the UK, he was an executive editor of The Guardian and a frequent contributor to Sky News, the BBC and the Independent. He chairs Auctionair Limited, an on-line auction service for the newspaper and airline industries and for charities. He is also a director of Immunovaccine Inc., a Canadian firm developing vaccine technology platforms for human and animal health. His charitable activities include the Media Standards Trust and numerous educational institutions in the UK and abroad.
Matthew Greenburgh, Treasurer
Matthew Greenburgh has had a 28 year career in investment banking. He retired from the City in April 2010. His interest in trees started as a child helping his father plant many trees, and he now is an avid tree planter at his house in Suffolk as well as being the Tree Warden for his parish. For the past 4 years he has practised as an artist using photography and has had a number of exhibitions.
Lord (Charles) Colville
Charles Colville was brought up in Suffolk surrounded by exceptional trees planted over the past two centuries and has loved trees ever since. Now domiciled in London, he is chairman of his communal garden where he takes great delight in the seven fully grown trees which he helps to nurture. As a documentary television producer, he has encouraged support and appreciation for our environment. Now also a Crossbench member of the House of Lords, he hopes to be able to use his position in support of protection for our tree populations. As a Trustee of The Tree Council, he strongly encourages the planting and nurturing of trees in both our cities and countryside.
Elizabeth Hiester is particularly interested in the interaction of science, policy and law to encourage greater public engagement in tackling environmental damage. The individual and collective diversity and ubiquity of trees provide a unique opportunity for everyone to be involved. She has a diverse portfolio of legal expertise having headed up the international communications and technology practice as a Clifford Chance partner. Her energy was re-directed to environmental issues through studies at Writtle Agricultural College, an environmental law Masters degree at UCL and several years working on toxic chemicals regulation at ClientEarth. She teaches law at the University of Kent, actively supports its Law Clinic and is a Board Member of PEN International.
Jeremy Simons has been an Elected Member of the City of London Corporation since 2004, taking an interest in the City's green spaces, the arts, education and environmental issues. He was the Chairman of the Management Committee for Hampstead Heath, which despite being a heath has over 10,000 trees and is now a member of the committee responsible for managing Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches. He helped his father plant a tree in 1973 and planted one more in 1974. He has a professional background in telecommunications, with considerable international experience and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers and a trustee of a number of local charities.
Pauline Buchanan Black, Company Secretary
Pauline Buchanan Black is the Director-General and has led the organisation since 2001. Her career, from senior roles at non-governmental and charitable organisations in the poverty and housing lobby through to the environmental sector, has been motivated by the heart rather than the head. Her leadership and organisational skills have seen The Tree Council through a period of revision, change and increasing impact and in 2010, she became the Chair of the Coalition’s Big Tree Plant Campaign Partnership Board. She has also held a wide range of voluntary positions in education, arts, co-operative, sports and advice organisations, planted a tree in ’73 and will talk about trees with anyone who shows the slightest interest.