Our Partnership

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership is a collaboration of local partners working together to grow nature – leading our local ambition for nature recovery. We are formed of individuals and senior decision-makers from across public, private and third sector bodies who recognise the importance of putting the environment at the heart of all our decision making.

Local Nature Partnership’s were formed following the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper, The Natural Choice: Securing the Value of Nature. Their role is to provide local, joined-up strategic leadership for the natural environment; and to champion nature’s value for the benefit of the environment, people and the economy.

photo credit: Simon Stuart-Miller

Our Board

Lord Robin Teverson – Chair

Robin is a member of the House of Lords and chairs its EU Energy and Environment sub-committee.  He speaks in particular in the Lords on climate change and energy issues.

He is a former board member of the Marine Management Organisation. As such, he also takes a close interest in the marine environment and fisheries.

He is a trustee of the Green Purposes Company. This holds the ‘green share’ in the Green Investment Bank. He is a director of the think tank Policy Connect, and Wessex Investors Ltd.  He represented Cornwall and Scilly as its MEP during the 1990s.  He lives in mid-Cornwall.

Cllr Martyn Alvey

Martyn is the Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Environment & Public Protection. He was born and brought up in Falmouth and had a successful career in the Administration Branch of the Royal Air Force, retiring as a Squadron Leader in 2004.

He has been a Parish Councillor since 2004 and was first elected to Cornwall Council in 2017.  During the last Administration Martyn shadowed the Environment and Public Protection Portfolio. Working cross-party with a Labour colleague Martyn seconded the Motion which led to Cornwall Council declaring a Climate Emergency.

He is a Trustee and former Chair of the Cornwall Community Flood Forum, an Environment Agency appointed member of the South West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and a member of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership.

Nick Bruce-White

Nick is Operations Director for the RSPB. He leads a team of 300 staff and 2,000 volunteers across Southern England. He has worked for the RSPB for nearly two decades, previously in Northern England and London. Whilst there he specialised in nature reserve and operational management

Nick has a particular interest in environmental leadership. he is interested in aligning partners and the wider public around a common cause.

Nick grew up in Wiltshire, where his family have farmed for many generations. This has given Nick both an affinity with the farming community and a passion to make the farmed environment more nature-friendly. Having been blessed with a childhood in the countryside, Nick is also a strong advocate for providing opportunities to connect young people of all backgrounds with nature.

Karen Burrows

Karen has a legal and commercial professional background and worked for BG Group Plc for 26 years. She qualified as a lawyer with Linklaters then practised there for several years as a commercial lawyer. In BG Group Karen worked on several major projects and became Deputy General Counsel in 1997. Subsequently she had commercial and country management roles for BG Group in Trinidad and Canada.

Karen was an Environment Agency Board Member for six years from 2012. She chaired the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. She took a particular interest in the work of the Devon Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Currently Karen is a governor of Cornwall College. She is Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. She is also a member of the Remuneration Search and Governance Committees. Karen is also a trustee of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Married with two grown up daughters her interests include hiking, rowing, skiing, sailing, and working with local environment groups like the Roseland Environment Action Team and National Trust.

HElen dobby

Helen is the Environment Agency’s Area Director for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Helen leads a team of around 350 staff in the area who work with national colleagues and partners to protect and improve the environment.

Helen has worked in the public sector for more than 25 years, developing and leading delivery in environmental services for local government in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Devon, before joining the Environment Agency in 2019.

Helen is keen to develop partnership working that builds a healthy and diverse environment, enhances our communities and contributes to economic growth. She is a strong advocate for rural issues and having grown up in North Cornwall now enjoys family life in the Tamar Valley. Her aim has always been to help create environmentally strong and thriving communities which we would all like to live in & contribute to.

sian rees

Siân is an Associate Professor in Social-Ecological Systems Research at the University of Plymouth, UK. She is a social scientist who has extensive experience of delivering research that influences marine conservation, management and policy.

Siân currently leads the Marine Social Science Research Unit within the University of Plymouth’s Marine Conservation Research Group. She is motivated to enable environmental science to link more strongly to human well-being and economic prosperity. Her team are impact-focussed, co creating and delivering research in partnership with statutory nature conservation agencies, sea users, NGOs, government departments and international organisations to support the sustainable and fair use of marine ecosystems.

Siân leads a number of international and national research projects. She is an advisor for both NERC and Defra’s Marine Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment.

phil mason

Phil is the Strategic Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at Cornwall Council (more to follow)…

Martin Howlett

Martin operates a traditional family farm business aiming towards self-sufficiency, and is a keen champion of environmental stewardship for the public and fellow farmers.

His farm hosts an education centre to promote nature-friendly approaches for environmental stewardship, and he is one of the National Farmers Union’s Climate Champions.

Ilya Maclean

Ilya is Associate Professor of Global Change Biology at the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute.

He is an applied ecologist broadly interested in understanding how humans have changed the biological world, and how we might protect and enhance the world’s remaining biodiversity. He has a particular interest in using ecological theory to make smart decisions about how to do this – and is committed to finding practical solutions to environmental problems and work closely with researchers in other disciplines and local, national and international policy-makers and practitioners.

Cherilyn mackrory mp

Cherilyn is the Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, having previously been an elected Cornwall Councillor. Cherilyn lives in Cornwall with her husband Nick, a Cornish fisherman, and their daughter Chloe. Cherilyn has been a Member of Parliament since December 2019.

Cherilyn is a keen environmentalist and in Parliament sits on the Environmental Audit Committee which reviews how the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development, and to audit their performance against sustainable development and environmental protection targets.

Cherilyn is also the Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ocean Conservation, working closely with Cornish charity Surfers Against Sewage.


Paul is the Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Council. Previously, he was a member of the Board in his then capacity as Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods at Cornwall Council, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining the area’s places and spaces so that they were clean and sustainable, with safe, active and resilient communities.

Paul also previously served as the Interim Chief Executive and Assistant Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, and its predecessors Cornwall County Council and North Cornwall District Council. Paul has extensive experience of the public sector following a long career in Local Government which began in 1984 when he joined North Cornwall District Council as a District Environmental Health Officer, gradually working his way up the ranks.

Wesley Smyth

Wesley Smyth is the Area Manager for Natural England’s Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Team and has been involved in all aspects of Natural England’s work in Cornwall and the IoS. Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. We provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone. Our remit is to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive. It is our responsibility to see that England’s rich natural environment can adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy.

Natural England’s ambition is not just to improve nature, but to see it thriving everywhere. This is because we recognise that a healthy natural environment is fundamental to everyone’s wealth, health and happiness.

Wesley has had a lifelong interest in wildlife with a breadth of experience of working with land managers and communities on the stewardship of our natural heritage.

Cllr harry legg

Harry is the Lead Member for Environment, Climate Change and Waste on the Council of the Isles of Scilly. After studying in Truro and Newcastle Harry returned to the islands where he was born and raised. He has worked with his father who was a fisherman all of his life and his uncle who still farms on the protected landscape of Scilly giving Harry first-hand knowledge of working on the land and sea.

Harry was elected to the Council of the Isles of Scilly in 2017 and now chairs the Climate change working group which he has been a part of since it was formed when the Council declared a Climate Emergency. He also represents the Council of the Isles of Scilly on the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, the South West Regional Flood and Costal Committee and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership.

Julian branscombe

Julian is the Chief Executive of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. This charity employs ten members of staff. They manage about half of the land area of the Isles of Scilly for wildlife and, including extensive areas on St Mary’s, St Agnes and Gugh, Bryher and St Martin’s, and the great majority of the uninhabited islands.

Julian moved to Scilly for this role in 2021. He is delighted to be living in an archipelago again, having spent a decade in Orkney. He is a keen naturalist and experienced ecologist. He has held conservation, heritage project management and leadership roles for a number of Wildlife Trusts, Orkney Islands Council and RSPB Scotland. He also has substantial experience in small island community-led economic development from five years spent as an over-committed trustee for Papay Development Trust.

Our Chief Executive

vicky fraser

Vicky is the Service Director for Environment and Connectivity at Cornwall Council (more to follow).

Our Board Meetings