Chair: Ben Piper
Ben Piper is a chartered civil engineer with over 40 years experience of hydrology and water resource planning. His experience of strategic water resource planning for water companies and regulators ranges from drought and water supply planning in South East England, to water demand forecasts and water resource investment strategies. His experience includes policy and strategic advice to regulators and government departments. His research includes the potential impacts of climate change on water resources, and how to include uncertainties and risks in long-term planning.
Ben lives in Oxford. He worked for almost 20 years at the Institute of Hydrology (now CEH) in Wallingford. He then joined the Compagnie Générale des Eaux group (now Affinity Water), where he was head of the water resources team for six years. After almost 18 years with Atkins he is now winding down as Technical Director – Water Resources.
Nick is married with two young children and has lived in Thame for 15 years. He has 21 years professional background in a National Governing Body of Sport, working with local County organisations to access public funding, plan strategically, improve their decision making, resource base and governance.
He has since completed a year as a Conservation Trainee with the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, is part way through an MSc in Conservation Ecology and currently works for the Chilterns Conservation Board developing a major 5-year Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme in the Central Chilterns.
Nick also offers extensive voluntary experience in wildlife surveying. He been carrying out regular bird surveys on the Upper Ray Reserves for BBOWT for 13 years and is also involved in many surveying projects with BTO and RSPB.
He has established and manages the RTCT Wetland and Atlas bird surveying programmes and carries out monthly surveys as part of the Trust’s Riverfly and water quality testing programmes.
Keith lives beside the River Thame at Cuddington and has had a long-standing interest in wildlife ecology. By profession he is a veterinary surgeon and pathologist and has spent his professional career in the management of research in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. He is currently non-executive chairman or director of a number of entrepreneurial bioscience business. Prior to retirement, he was Chief Executive of Santaris Pharma A/S, an RNA medicines business now owned by Roche, and British Biotech, a company he founded and built into one of Europe’s leading public biopharmaceutical businesses. Keith acts as the Trust’s Treasurer.
Dr Pascale Nicolet is Director of Policy and Implementation at the Freshwater Habitats Trust (FHT). She has recently become a trustee but has been working closely with RTCT since its foundation in 2012 on catchment management projects. Pascale has worked for the FHT since 1999 as a freshwater ecologist and has extensive experience of wetland plant and macroinvertebrate surveys, ecological assessments and monitoring, and pond creation and management. She currently leads our habitats working group as a trustee whilst continuing to work on joint RTCT/FHT projects.
Dave is Group Health, Safety and Environment Manager for Oxford Instruments. His interest in the future of the River Thame began in 1980 when he took on the role of Secretary of the Thame Valley Fisheries Preservation Consultative (TVFPC), which he continues to hold today. He cares passionately about the future of the River Thame, which has been hit by pollution several times over the last 35 years, and he has been closely involved in three Court cases against the polluters. Most of his spare time is spent on fisheries and pollution matters and he is in discussions with the Environment Agency and senior directors of Thames Water – as well as numerous meetings. Dave is also Chairman of the Angling Trust Thames Regional Forum (since 2011), Chairman, High Wycombe Thames Angling Club (since 1990) and Chairman, Kingsey Fishery (since 1990). Sadly, there is little time left for him to actually enjoy fishing.
Jane lives in Buckinghamshire and spent much of her childhood in the catchment area of the River Thame and a fair bit of time actually in the river. A Chartered Surveyor by profession Jane now works for Earthwatch, an environmental charity with citizen science and community engagement at its heart, where she is Land Manager.
A committed environmentalist Jane is actively campaigning to promote greater understanding and more effective action to the climate emergency at county council and local council level.
With two dogs and a horse Jane spends a lot of time in the Buckinghamshire countryside and is determined to do what she can to protect it.
Bob retired from Wiley in Oxford in early 2014 after holding various senior positions; for most of his career he was responsible for Blackwell’s publishing programme in ecology and conservation. He has also lived in Stadhampton near the Thame and alongside the Chalgrove Brook since 1980. He has been chairman of several charitable/not for profit international organisations as well as businesses, and has maintained an interest in publishing as an adviser to several young companies. Bob lives and owns land in the Thame catchment and has supported countless environmental initiatives on them. Bob remains one of our key supporters after stepping down from his role as a trustee in September 2016
Doug Kennedy is a life-long environmentalist who got involved with the River Thame following a serious pollution incident at Aylesbury in 2013. He found dead fish on the river and realised that there was no press coverage and that no-one in the local council or community seemed to be aware of the problem. Doug therefore held a conference in Aylesbury that involved all the stakeholders and so set up the Save The River Thame campaign. This worked for 2 years on raising awareness of the River Thame for 2 years, supported by Waddesdon Estates, before merging into the River Thame Conservation Trust.
Doug is now an active volunteer who chairs the Website Working Group, contributes many photographs of river scenes and wildlife, coordinates liaison meetings with Thame Water at the Aylesbury STW and takes part in bird surveys and water testing.
He has degrees in biology and environmental studies and has led several environmental projects and campaigns.