David Kitchen

Chairman

David has been a TET Trustee for 25 years, being involved since its beginning in 1998 and becoming chairman in 2000.
During this time, the trust has achieved its primary objective of creating a nature reserve at Saltholme, which is of international importance and was only achieved through the expertise of the TET board.
David is excited to be a part of three further important projects as part of the board’s 10-year vision.
David spent most of his working life in the building and construction industry, before retiring as a Chartered Surveyor. 
He also heads a design and project management consultancy in Teesside and is qualified as a part 6 and part 35 Expert Witness under the Civil procedures’ rules.
Recently, David has become committed with the TET Trustees to helping establish a Teesmouth Seal Sanctuary and Hospital, with the help of the Tees Seal Conservation Trust, in order to stop seal pup deaths on the River Tees from a deadly disease, by increasing awareness, funding and research.
David has been a member of the Friends of the Lake District for over 30 years and has helped them to raise funds for conservation and protection of the Lakes National Park.
When he’s not campaigning, he’s either supporting his favourite rugby team union, the Leicester Tigers, reading, spending time with friends in Spain, family activities or walking his Labrador Bentley.

Dr Ambroise Baker

Trustee

I am a senior lecturer in ecology at Teesside University, a keen field botanist and a family person.

I am a plant ecologist with an interest on how plants, biodiversity and complex ecosystems respond to environmental change. Evidence in this area is critical to accelerate ecological recovery and promote nature-positive policies for the environment and human well-being in the context of global change.

Part of my current role at Teesside University, I supervise research students (BSc, MSc, and PhD) and lecture about these research interests. My growing research profile focusses on monitoring nature recovery, rewilding, biodiversity change and long-term ecological change. My publication record is accessible via Google Scholar.

As a keen botanist, I have strong connections to relevant national societies and specialist skills in identification and surveys of aquatic plants, bryophytes, novel ecosystems and more! My qualifications in this area include a FISC level 5 and a BSc in Botany (University of Reading).

Outside my professional and botanical life, I am enjoy walking, cooking, my allotment and sustainable ways of living.

John Woods

Trustee

Originally from East London I moved to the Northeast when I was seven years of age and having the countryside right on my doorstep, I couldn’t help but be drawn into local natural environment, the Northeast is so very much different from that of London’s greenspace.

From being a very young lad, I have always had a passion for nature and the outdoors and being linked to farming from the age of eleven only enthused this passion.

Alot of my working life has been in farming and Grounds maintenance before entering the world of contracts management where I have overseen many high value contracts as a regional contracts manager for several facility management companies before becoming the Environmental Specialist for Thirteen Group.

My current role allows me to link housing management with the local natural environment, again overseeing projects to enhance nature and creating better places for people and nature to mix.

Many of my projects are aimed at environment, conservation and ecology enhancement trying to add my little bit towards a positive impact against the climate issues we see today.

As a founder member and Trustee of the Teesmouth Seal Conservation Trust has allowed me to part of a very encouraging project and help drive conservation along our Northeast coastline and to help and protect our Seal population.

Over the years I have bagged a lot of knowledge and qualifications in the subject but still see that everyday as a school day and I am always willing to learn more and give back where I can.

Becoming a member of the TET Board is an exciting opportunity to be part of some very wonderful projects that can only be good for our natural environment and those of us that share it.

Bob Borthwick

Trustee

Bob is a Chartered Manager, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and Member of the Institute of Directors with both Postgraduate and Doctorate level qualifications.

Bob has gained skills, knowledge and expertise within the Construction, Engineering, Waste, Recycling and Green Technologies on Teesside working for Global and multinational businesses with a commercial and business development acumen.

Bob is both a Director of Scott Bros Ltd and Scott Bros Recycling Ltd with various Green Technologies on Teesside servicing the Tees Valley business fraternity. Scott Bros currently have seven Environmental Permits which include soil washing, manufacture of recycled aggregates and various grades of Topsoil, Green Waste Composting, Commercial Industrial Waste Recycling and Reed Bed Effluent treatment. The Scott Bros business has won three national awards. Two for the Reed Bed operations and one award for the Wash Plant at Grangetown.

Scott Bros entered a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Teesside University to research a new eco composite building material utilising low value waste streams prevalent in Waste Management. The aim to prevent significant volumes of low value, silts and soil waste generated by construction activities being deposited to Landfill.

Bob chaired the KTP with Teesside University, fundamentally the KTP has brought dramatic change to the company philosophy, removing from the ‘dig and dump’ model to ‘dig and process’ adding significant value to the capabilities and aligning new business models with the circularly economy philosophies.

Most significantly, Scott Bros have invested in two wash plants selling the sands and aggregates segregated from the soil washing into the construction sector. The capabilities to characterise and bind waste (new services and capabilities) and have their first Eco Composite Building material, Geoscreed (new product). This significantly contributes to growing business activities and generating economic impact in the net zero cluster centred on Tess Valley.

Bob is married with one child and passionate about all things recycling, waste to resource and the circular economy. A keen supporter of both Hartlepool and Middlesbrough Football Clubs attending all Middlesbrough home games.

Keith Hissett

Trustee

My employment career was spent with an eclectic range of manufacturing organisations. I held operational management positions for the areas of Quality, Environment, and Health & Safety. I have a science based Honours Degree gained through the Open University and a degree level Diploma in Industrial Management.
As well as being a Teesside Environmental Trust Trustee and Board Member I am also Secretary of Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Chair of MAT Councillors for St Mary’s Primary School Long Newton, and Chair of Long Newton Parish Council.
My involvement with, and commitment to Environmental and Conservation issues began in the mid-1970s and 46 years later it is as strong as ever. I continue to try and be a positive force for the effective protection of planet Earth’s biosphere and the eclectic range of flora and fauna it is home to.

David Morris

Trustee

David is RSPB Area Operations Manager for the Northeast and Cumbria. He’s a qualified ecologist with a passion for and knowledge of Saltholme reserve. Involved in the reserve’s creation, he contributed to the design of the wetland habitats on the reserve and continued his role over the years working as Senior Reserves Ecologist for the RSPB. As area manager David is a TET board member and is now responsible for the RSPB’s area operations and the management of Saltholme. David brings operation reserve management experience to the TET board along with ecological expertise and a deep knowledge of the reserve and visitor operation. Outside of his RSPB role he’s a botanical and natural history tour leader leading trips to a variety of destinations globally.

Cliff Shepherd

Trustee

After gaining a geography degree at Liverpool University, Cliff trained as a town planner and worked for Yorkshire West Riding County Council, where he was part of establishing the new town. He joined Middlesbrough Council in 1978, working to improve the deprived areas before becoming more involved in the local authority’s policy. In 1996 Cliff  joined the Industry Nature Conservation Association working on the Tees Estuary Management Plan. From 1999, for a decade, he was the Administrator for Teesside Environmental Trust assisting with the establishment of the Saltholme Nature Reserve. He also spent several years on the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust Council. Cliff continues volunteering for the North York Moors National Park  and has published a book on the history of Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works.

Richard Drinkwater

Trustee

Richard lives locally, in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. Richard is a Chemical Engineer, and has worked in the chemical industry adjacent to Saltholme for 25 years. Many of the industrial roles Richard has held have involved managing industrial assets in an environmentally sensitive manner alongside neighbours and other stakeholders, and he brings this experience to the board. In his spare time, Richard enjoys walking and camping in the North East and further afield, with his partner and two dogs.

Terry Blanchard

Trustee

I have worked in the Environmental Industry within waste management for over 20 years, having served my apprenticeship as a welder/fabricator on the River Tees and working within that sector for 6 years. I joined Zerowaste in 2000 and worked my way up from site supervisor to site manager by 2010. Over these years I gained qualifications in Health & Safety, Waste Management and Project Management including WAMITAB, NEBOSH and IOSH. The Waste Management Industry has seen regulatory and legislative changes over the years, these changes have brought about development and growth in my role to include a significant roster of projects and processes (for example soil treatment, stabilisation and bio-remediation), whilst still managing to day-to-day activities of my 24 direct reports.

Peter Cornes

Trustee

Peter has a degree in Chemistry followed by a research degree in polymer science from Birmingham University, before joining R&D Department of ICI on Teesside. Held various positions, ultimately becoming manging director of ICI Hydrocarbons and general manager of Feedstock Supply and trading. Following the sale of ICI on Teesside, Peter became MD of the joint venture oil refinery between ICI and Phillips and chairman of the European Petrochemical Feedstocks Association.

Chairman of INCA from 2002 before stepping down in 2018 to become chairman of the Tees Enterprise Partnership. Trustee of TET since 2003