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The Trustees

Simon Cleaver (Photo)~ Co-opted  and is Chairman of the Trust and the Management Committee.

Richard Easton FCA ~ Co-opted.

The Earl of Bradford ~ a Founder member Trustee.

Pauline S Allen ~ Appointed by Castle Bromwich Parish Council.


William A. Esslemont ~ Elected by members of the Trust and a member of the  Management  & Gardens                                                                                                                          Committees.

M Elizabeth Hatchman ~ Appointed by the National Trust.

Yvonne M. High ~ Co-opted and a member of the  Management Committee.

Marian E. Morris ~ Elected by members of the Trust and a member of the Management & Gardens                                                                                                                                 Committees.

George E. Richards ~ Appointed by Solihull MBC.

Michael Robinson ~ Appointed by Solihull MBC.

Mark Rickus ~ Appointed by St. Mary & St. Margaret’s Church.

Martin Mizon-Hind ~ Elected by members of the Trust.

The Trust’s Staff

Glynis Powell (Photo) ~ General Manager

Sue Brain ~ Administrator

Ann Brookman ~ Education Officer

Elaine O'Connell ~ Visitor Centre Supervisor

Gordon Sammons ~ Senior Gardener



 Other Committee Members

Neil Cook ~ Representing the National Trust on the                                             Gardens Committee

Jan Harry ~ Representing the Volunteers on the                                       Management Committee

Dave Bennett ~ Co-opted Member of the
                                             Gardens Committee

Patrick Swan  ~ Co-opted Member of the
                                             Gardens Committee

The Management Committee is concerned, through the general manager and staff, with the detail management of the gardens. It implements the policies set out by the Trustees and organizes any special events and functions.  It meets  about ten times a year.


The Gardens Committee  provides advice and guidance to both the Trustees and Management Committee on horticultural and the historical matters concerning the maintenance and restoration of the gardens.  It meets formally about 3 times a year but members are often consulted between meetings on specific matters.