People & Planet Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the team of people who oversee all the work that the People & Planet does and tries to keep the organisation working in the best interests of the network.

This is your portal to finding out all about the Board of Trustees (also known as the BoT) — who we are, what we’re currently doing, and how you can get involved. Check here regularly, and watch out for announcements, to find out about which consultations we’re currently running on our work, so that you, as part of the network, can continue to be involved in how People & Planet is run.

Student trustee elections

Elected student representatives make up over half our Board of Trustees. Elections take place every year in February. Nominations to be a student trustee are open all year round.

Find out more about being a student trustee.

Current Trustees

People & Planet's trustees in random order.

Conor Haslem

Student Trustee

Hi, I'm Conor, I've been involved in People & Planet for two years through my University's Environment Society, engaging in their campaigns at my campus and becoming a Regional Organiser in my final year. I am passionate that students will lead the way to real, progressive change in the world!

Claire Kelly

Non-student Trustee

Claire has many years experience working in the not for profit sector campaigning on social justice, environmental and human rights issues. She worked for Campaign Against Arms Trade from 2008 – 2019 responsible for financial reporting, office management and HR matters. She was also a Steering Committee member during this time involved in organisational decisions that guide the campaign, reviewing policies and procedures and addressing issues of long-term strategy planning. Claire now works for Abianda, a not for profit organisation that works to improve the wellbeing of marginalised young women who have been exposed to violence and sexual exploitation through gang culture, by offering one-to-one, group work and employment opportunities.

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Lara Bloch

Student Trustee
Lara has been an active member of People & Planet since she started her degree at University of Sussex in 2015. She was South East regional organiser for 2 years and also led Sussex Fossil Free campaign in its winning year. She is involved in a range of other environmental and social justice movements including the anti-fracking movement.

Emma Carter

Non-student trustee

Anna Windsor

Student Trustee

Ruth Taylor

Non-student Trustee

Ruth is a campaigner and public engagement strategist, with specific interest in youth mobilisation. Previously at Restless Development and Amnesty International UK, Ruth now works with a range of organisations as a consultant. She loves disruptive education, storytelling and people-led campaigns. Ruth graduated from the LSE with a Masters in Human Rights and is currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Media, Campaigning and Social Change at the University of Westminster.


Annie Pickering

Non-student Trustee

Nick Werren

Student Trustee

Hello! I'm Nick Werren, I'm a PhD student researching quantum physics at the University of Surrey. I'm involved with a lot of environmental and housing activist groups, and I think People & Planet is a fantastic bedrock for creative, radical, and progressive politics. 

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Papatya O'Reilly

Student Trustee

Papatya has recently graduated from the University of Bristol (UoB) with a BA in English and Philosophy. She has been involved with People & Planet since joining UoB’s Fossil Free society in 2016, and became President in her final year. Since then, she has been active within the network as a Regional Organiser for the South West (of England) and Wales and, currently, as a Regional Co-ordinator for the South-East. Outside People & Planet, Papatya has been involved both in organisations like Shakespeare’s Globe and The Hackney Pirates, and in campaigns like ‘Support our Services’, a student-led mental health campaign. She is also an avid herbal tea-drinker, cat-lover and cyclist.

Emily Adams

Student Trustee

Hello Everyone! I'm Emily, currently a final year Marine Biology student at Plymouth. Activism has always been close to my heart. I've been a Regional Organiser for 2 years, and active People & Planet committee member at Uni for the last 3 years, so I'm really looking forward to being more involved.

Beth Bhargava

Student Trustee

I'm a second-year undergraduate in History, and have been involved in Cambridge Zero Carbon's campaign for divestment since my first year. As a member of ZC, I've helped lobby university management, plan marches and rallies, and have written numerous articles publicising the campaign.

Trustees: How We Work

Our Jobs

The Board of Trustees has a lot of responsibility for making sure People & Planet is fulfilling its aims: it approves our accounts and annual budgets, and comments on and approves staff plans, ensuring that the office is working on the best projects to support your campaigning.

It’s also involved democratically with the network: student members are elected every year to represent the student network on the Board of Trustees, and it works to be open with the network about the work it’s doing — both keeping the network informed about the decisions being made and providing spaces for the network to be involved in decision-making.

Our Membership

The Board of Trustees is made up of democratically elected student members and also non-student members drawn from other organisations such as Oxfam, Friends of the Earth or ActionAid, who are chosen for their areas of expertise. The elected student members always make up more than half of the Board of Trustees, and meetings are chaired by the student members in rotation.

Our Processes

The Board of Trustees currently meets four times a year, and all members try to attend. Office staff are also invited along to meetings in an advisory capacity when needed. You can find summaries of our meetings and important information about what we’re discussing below.