New Chair of Trustees appointed at Garden Organic
Following an open election at the beginning of the year, the Garden Organic Board of Trustees has appointed Martin Stott to the position of Chair of Trustees.
Martin is an enthusiastic and experienced organic grower. He is a Life member of Garden Organic and has spent four years on the trustee board, including three years as Vice-chair.
During his long relationship with the charity, Martin also worked closely with Garden Organic on the Master Composter and Master Gardener programmes within his role as Head of Environment and Resources at Warwickshire County Council, where he was responsible for a portfolio of services including waste management, planning and county farms and smallholdings.
Martin’s commitment to the charity doesn’t stop at his role as a Trustee; he is also a fully trained volunteer Master Composter within his local region of Oxfordshire and has had an allotment for over 35 years.
Martin brings to the role a wide range of board-level experience in the charitable and mutual sectors, including Chair of the William Morris Society, board member of Modern Art Oxford and The Phone Co-op and has served as an elected member on a local authority.
When asked about his appointment as Chair, Martin commented:
I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with my new role as Chair of Trustees. The key issues facing us as we try to move into a post fossil fuel age are energy, transport and food. Garden Organic is at the forefront of promoting growing that works with the natural world, minimises the use of resources, and challenges assumptions about the value of pesticides and herbicides in food production.
Martin took on the role of Chair after the charity’s Annual General Meeting in May where the previous Chair, Roger Key, stood down following his completion of three years in the position.