Meet the Team – Directors 2019-08-01T13:28:16+01:00

Meet the Team – Board of Directors

Liz Newton

Liz is the Chair of the MGET. She is the Director of Strategy Development in Natural England and is leading work to develop and implement Conservation 21.

Liz has extensive experience in the environmental sector and has worked on a broad range of environmental issues. She has held senior roles with the Countryside Agency and Natural England at a national and regional level.

Professor David Norman

David is a local resident in Halton and former Director of Daresbury Laboratory. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Honorary vice president of Cheshire Wildlife Trust and President of Cheshire and Wirral Ornithological Society.

David is the Founder chairman of the Mersey Estuary Conservation Group and RECORD – Cheshire’s biological records centre. He also has served on Councils of English Nature and RSPB. Widely considered to be Cheshire’s foremost ornithologist, David is the author of Birds in Cheshire and was awarded the British Trust for Ornithology Tucker Medal.

Cllr Keith Morley

Keith is a Halton borough Councillor representing the
Broadheath ward, Widnes.

As well as an active borough councillor, including two spells as Mayor, Keith also represents the Sankey Canal Restoration society (SCARS) and is a member of the Manchester Port Health Authority.

Cllr Judith Guthrie

Judith is a Warrington Borough Council representative and is a member of the Executive Board for the Environment, Public Protection and Climate Change. Judith brings far-reaching experiences in HE, local government, community engagement and environmental issues to the Board. She has been pivotal in her local area for the creation of a new community orchard which has returned a fallow piece of urban land to a vibrant green space. It has already shown its worth in our local community acting as a hub for residents and an outdoor classroom for our schools.

Louise Plant

Louise joined the MGET’s Board of Directors in May 2019. She is a Senior Environmental Planner and has 14 years of town and environmental planning experience in the public and private sectors, with a focus on infrastructure. Louise is also a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Sue Bentley MBE

Sue joined the MGET’s Board of Directors in May 2019. She is a professional web developer who has managed her own company for the last twenty one years. She is also a keen community activist with a lot of experience in organising successful events to raise awareness of a variety of social issues. Sue is involved with several charities a Climate Change Ambassador for the Cheshire Federation of WIs. She received an MBE for her contributions to charity work.

David Inman

David joined the MGET Board of Directors in May 2019. He is the Director at DIEM Ltd and is a Chartered Environmental Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist having over 20 years advising on environmental, energy and quality management to the private and public sectors. David currently sits on RICS North West Regional Board is an RICS APC Assessor Chairman.

Paul Oldfield

Paul became a Director and Company Secretary of the Trust in August 2019, following his retirement from the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and manager of the Trust. Paul has over 25 years’ experience of practical nature conservation work in the Cheshire area with Halton Borough Council and Cheshire County Council. This involved working on the Mersey Forest Project in its early days. He was also previously a Trustee with Cheshire Wildlife Trust and RECORD, the local record centre. Paul joined the Mersey Gateway Project prior to its construction period to ensure contractual compliance on environmental matters and was instrumental in setting up the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust.