Annual General Meeting

Notice of our 60th AGM

You are warmly invited to attend Gwent Wildlife Trust’s 60th Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the Glen-Yr-Afon Hotel in Usk: 7pm on Wednesday, 27th September 2023.



Barn Owl in flight

Barn Owl - 2020Vision

Gwent Wildlife Trust was established in the summer of 1963 with the purchase of Magor Marsh Nature Reserve. We will be launching our 60th anniversary reflections and celebrations at our 60th AGM, with some looking back and looking forwards to our work for nature's recovery.

AGENDA and approximate timings:

7pm: Marc Leppard, Chair of Board of Trustees - official welcome and launch of 60th anniversary year

7.05pm: Adam Taylor, CEO introduces presentations: 60 years of protecting Gwent's wildlife - what is different, what is the same? 

7.15pm: Natalie Waller, Head of Nature Based Solutions and team present how more people are connecting with nature through our Wild Health programme, and how a group of young wildlife enthusiasts are helping people green their local communities,

7.35pm: Marc Leppard, Chair of Board of Trustees - notices and thanks, followed by formal AGM:

  1. Minutes of the 2022 AGM and matters arising. (See notes below)
  2. To receive the Annual Report of the charity for the year ended 31st March 2023. (See notes below)
  3. To receive the Annual Accounts of the charity for the year ended 31st March 2023. (See notes below)
  4. To appoint Auditors of the charity to hold office until the conclusion of the next General Meeting at which the accounts are laid before the charity.
  5. To re-elect Trustees for 2023/24.
  6. To introduce the elected officers of the Board of trustees for 2023/2024.

8pm: Refreshments break

8.30pm: Gemma Bodé, Head of Nature's Recovery and team presentations:  including nature reserve volunteering through the seasons from the Gwent Levellers. 

9pm: Q&A and close 

By order of the Board, July 2023, Sue Finn, Hon Secretary.

Notes: By 1st September, 2023, papers for the AGM will be linked below or can be requested from the GWT office by calling 01600 740600 or emailing

If you are unable to attend and would like to send apologies please email these to Sue Finn at

Questions and comments:

The agenda and relevant documents will be available below. With the aim of running an organised and timely meeting for all attendees, please can we ask you to put any questions or comments to the Chair of Council, Marc Leppard by emailing by Friday 10th September, so that he can answer you directly in advance of the AGM where possible. There may be limited opportunity to respond at the AGM, particularly if we have a lot of questions. We will be collecting and recording everyone's questions and comments, however and you will receive a response as soon as possible afterwards.

We want to give everyone the chance to consider decisions beforehand, so please do send Marc any comments of questions in advance. We will be taking your votes on each item (as advised below) during the AGM. In the event of a tied vote, the Chair will have the deciding vote in line with our governing documents.

2023 AGM Documents

If you would like a paper version of any of these files, please email with your request and we will print and send to you.

Annual Review 2022/23 (English)

Adolygiad Blynyddol 2022/23 (Cymraeg)

Minutes of the 2022 AGM

Biographies of new trustees

Richard Howell

Richard is retired after a career of over 40 years in the the conservation and environmental sector. He is a freshwater ecologist by training, graduating from UWIST, Cardiff. He joined the Welsh Water Authority and went on to become their first conservation officer, before moving to posts in the National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency, where he was responsible for regulatory strategy. He has extensive experience of environmental policy and advocacy, and has been involved with the Welsh Wildlife Trusts in both a professional and private capacity over many years. Richard is a Chartered Environmentalist, and a member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management’s Wales Policy Group.

After leaving Cardiff, Richard has lived in West, South and North Wales, before settling in Mitchel Troy Common with his wife and family. Since retiring, he has enjoyed returning to the practical side of conservation, volunteering with GWT and working on several reserves.

Richard has always had a passionate interest in wildlife and conservation, though admits that he is now a bit rusty at identifying plants and invertebrates down to species level! He enjoys walking, Mountain biking and paragliding over the Gwent countryside (and beyond).

Dr Kate Coleman

Kate Coleman is a chartered engineer with over 10 years of experience in the power industry. She now provides consultancy services to clients across the energy, defence and transport sectors. Kate has particular expertise in project governance, risk and stakeholder management.

Kate lives in Undy, Monmouthshire with her husband and son where they enjoy spending time at the beach, mountain biking and looking for bugs at Magor Marsh."

Articles of Association 2021