Our patrons and trustees


Sir David Attenborough

"I believe the work of Learning through Landscapes is needed even more than ever.  I hope you will share our passion for giving children opportunities for discovery and learning that will illuminate their entire lives."

Sir David Attenborough is Britain's best-known natural history film-maker and is known and trusted throughout the world. His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited.

A trustee and supporter of the Learning through Landscapes Trust since 1989, Sir David became a patron of the Trust in 2001. His family is closely associated with the teaching profession and this, combined with his passion for the natural world, makes him a powerful advocate to reconnect young people with natural systems.  Throughout a very busy career, Sir David has always found time to actively support the Trust as patron by endorsing the BT Grounds for the Future scheme and the school grounds Wildlife Safari Pack and our latest brochure ‘Creating better childhoods – why outdoor learning and play really matters’.

Sir David is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge; a Fellow of the Royal Society; was knighted in 1985 and received the Order of Merit in 2005.

Jonathon Porritt CBE

“For me LTL is a truly great organisation, doing invaluable work that nobody else seems to be prepared to fund properly, so count me in as one of it’s most enthusiastic supporters.”

Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future, is a leading writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Jonathon has been a Trustee and supporter of LTL’s since our launch in 1989, and became a Patron in 2000.

In addition, he is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme which runs Seminars for senior executives around the world. Jonathon is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and of Willmott Dixon Holdings. He is a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy, and is involved in the work of many NGOs and charities as Patron, Chair or Special Adviser.

Jonathon stood down as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2009 after nine years providing strategic advice on sustainable living to Government Ministers.

Lord Remnant CVO FCA

Lord Remnant was the founding Chairman of the Learning through Landscapes Trust from its inception in 1989 until 2000 when he handed on the role to our current Chairman Sir Bob Reid and became LTL’s Patron.

"Learning through Landscapes does remarkable work, helping thousands of schools and nurseries give children memorable experiences of learning outdoors.  I have always believed this to be the basis of a happy, healthy and active life, and would encourage you to support this vital work."

Lord Remnant has always had a strong empathy with the land and the landscape and combines this with an interest in supporting young people to be active outdoors.  He was therefore an ideal Chairman, steering the development of the Trust in those early, formative years.  As Executive Chairman of the international asset management company Touche Remnant and with a long distinguished career in the City, Lord Remnant helped guide the Trust towards support from the city and to build a strong foundation for the Trust, on which it has based its subsequent growth and influence.


Chairman - Sir Bob Reid

Sir Bob Reid joined Shell in 1956 and after a career which took him all over the world he became Chair and Chief Executive of Shell UK, retiring in 1990. He was Chairman of British Rail for five years leading up to privatisation and a Deputy Governor of the Bank of Scotland.  He is currently Chairman ICE Futures Europe and a Director of Diligenta Limited and Jubilant Energy. Sir Bob has a passionate commitment to young people and education; as well as being Chair of Learning through Landscapes, he is Chair of the Foundation for Young Musicians and Edinburgh Business School.

Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE FLI

Merrick is a founding Trustee of LTL . As a Landscape Architect Merrick developed a unique vision for the potential of school grounds to give children a positive experience of the natural world and benefit from experiential learning. In his last formal role before retiring Merrick was Assistant Director of Hampshire’s Environment Department where he worked hard to ensure that these precious spaces were inspiring external environments for young people. He is the President Elect of the Landscape Institute (President for 2016-2018) and Chair of the Policy Committee and Trustee. He is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute. Merrick is a Trustee and Chairs Marwell Zoo’s Conservation and Education Committee and was a founding Board member of Natural England. He was awarded an OBE for services to Education in 2001.

Debbie Allmey

Debbie currently works for the Princes Trust having moved into the charity world from a commercial background. Following a successful early carreer in the Littlewoods organisation she joined the Sears Group as Customer Services Director for Sears Card. She became Managing Director of Creation Financial Services in 1994 where she was responsible for 550 staff and a turnover of £260 million. In 2001 she became European Director for Strategic Planning and Control, one of the largest retail financial services and customer relationship management companies in Europe. Debbie is also a trustee of The Golf Foundation.

David Cameron

David brings considerable expertise and experience of the Scottish education system. He taught in Scottish schools for 18 years before moving into local authorities. At Fife Council he was responsible for the performance review of schools and oversaw the introduction of school development planning. He subsequently moved to East Lothian Council as Head of Education and then to Stirling as Director of Children’s Services. He has served as a president of the Association of Directors of Education of Scotland and has chaired the Scottish National Parents Forum and the Scottish Government’s Outdoor Connections Advisory Group. He is currently an independent educational consultant.

David Coleman

David spent most of his career in the Countryside Commission/Countryside Agency, initially as Regional Director in the Eastern Region and in the South East, then as a Director with responsibility for rural economies, land management, tourism, planning and sustainable development.

In 2002 David moved to Defra, initially responsible for initatives to improve the quality of public services in rural areas. He then took over responsibility for Government policy on landscape, forestry and outdoor recreation.

David retired from Defra in 2008.  He is now Chair of the National Trust’s Regional Advisory Board for London and the South East; Trustee and Chair of the Executive Committee of Learning through Landscapes; a member of the CPRE’s Policy Committee and an Ambassador for The Conservation Volunteers.

Stefan Jakobek

Stefan is an architect who has been involved in the design of schools and their grounds since 1982. For the first 24 years of his career he worked in both the private and public sectors on a wide range of education projects in the south of England. Since 2005 his experienced has widened to encompass schools projects in Central and Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has been actively involved with the RIBA Schools Forum and was a school governor for 11 years. Stefan writes and speaks regularly in Britain and abroad on issues related to school design quality. His commitment is based on an approach that seeks to create learning environments that go beyond function to create schools that enhance the quality of learning and living for pupils, teachers and the communities to which they belong.

Usha Sahni

Usha was awarded an OBE for services to education after turning around the performance of Argyle Primary School in Kings Cross, London. She served as head teacher at the school for ten years taking it from a very troubled school to Beacon status. During this time she was one of ten headteachers appointed by Estelle Morris to support the development of the government’s Excellence in Cities programme to improve attainment in inner-city schools. In 1999 she moved to Ofsted as an inspector. Her considerable expertise was recently sought by the Cambridge Review on Primary Education, who appointed her to their advisory committee.

John Troake

John is chair of the government’s School Playing Fields Advisory Panel (SPAP), which advises the Secretary of State on matters concerning the sale of school playing field land. He has also been a past President of the London Region of the National Association of Head Teachers. He has worked in a range of schools as well as for the Institute of Education, the East Sussex In-service Training Team and at Sussex University. He has been Head of Hailing Manor High School since 1996 and is married to a primary school teacher.

Mukund Patel

Mukund is Business Development Director for Sammon Group in the UK and focuses on schools projects globally. He is a world expert on design of school buildings and needs of the learning environments for the future. He was Head of Schools Capital Division at the Department for Education (DCSF) in the UK for 11 years. In this role he was responsible for advising ministers on all aspects of schools including development of inspirational and exciting school buildings, standards of school premises, etc. Mukund played a key role in development of Building Schools for the Future and Academies Programmes. He oversaw delivery of the first 48 Academies. At DCSF Mukund also developed various innovative programmes like Exemplar Designs, Classrooms of the Future and City Learning Centres. He developed BREEAM for Schools and set up Zero Carbon Task. After leaving DCSF in 2008, for two years Mukund was Chief Officer for Educational Infrastructure at GEMS Education, based in Dubai. While there he developed schools in Middle East, India and in Tianjin Eco City in China. Mukund has spoken at conferences in Europe, the USA, Australia, Singapore and the Middle East on issues related to school buildings. He was also Chairman of the OECD CELE programme for 6 years and was President of the Society of Chief Architects in the UK.

David Peniket

Mr Peniket has served as President at ICE Futures Europe since October 2005 and as its Chief Operating Officer since January 2005. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer, Mr Peniket served as Director of Finance from May 2000. Before joining ICE Futures Europe (then the IPE) in 1999, Mr Peniket worked for seven years at KPMG, where he trained as an accountant and was a consultant in its financial management practice. Mr Peniket was Research Assistant to John Cartwright MP from 1988 to 1991. He holds a BSc. (Econ) degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Chartered Accountant.

Mike Greenaway

Mike Greenaway has been the Director of Play Wales since its inception in 1998. He has been a teacher, a community farmer, a youth and community worker, an adventure playworker, a county youth officer, an LA education advisor, and continues to practice playwork in his home village on the Gower Peninsular for two weeks every summer where he is the chair of the village play association. He was formerly the chair of the primary school governing body.

He is a Board member of the World Board of the International Play Association He is a trustee of Children in Wales, and has been a member of its Policy Council since its inception. Mike is also a member of the UK Play Safety Forum (where he was instrumental in the development of the Health and Safety Executives adoption in the principle of Risk Benefit Assessment in respect of play provision) and the UK Children’s Play Policy Forum.

Julie Wilson

Julie’s passion for learning has taken her into diverse and interesting roles in education and leadership in different countries and contexts where she has enjoyed working with adults, children and young people in a variety of settings.

As a strong and dynamic leader in education in Scotland, Julie has lead on national and international policy and practice development in professional learning, teacher education, outdoor learning and play, health and safety on visits and Learning for Sustainability.

She has a particular interest in supporting nature-, place- and community-based learning for intergenerational groups and in introducing people of all ages to the restorative, recreational and revitalizing power of shared experiences in the outdoors.

Susan Humphries

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