About the Trust


Wilma Harper

Wilma is a Chartered Forester and Chartered Environmentalist.  An experienced director, having held senior positions across the Forestry Commission, she now has a portfolio of board positions in the forestry and biodiversity sectors.  She joined the board of the RSFS as Communications Director in 2017.  She is also a trustee for Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards and a former President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters.  She is a Director of TWIC, the local record centre for South East and Central Scotland, and the National Biodiversity Network.

Alongside her broad forestry and environmental background, she brings considerable experience of corporate governance, strategy and change management. She has a particular focus on areas which support people, helping them to improve their understanding and appreciation of their environment.   When sitting at a computer gets too much, she escapes by trail running in her local woods.

Tom Mitchell

Tom's background is as a Chartered Accountant, working in international offices of major accounting firms and in financial services. For the past decade, he has managed a firm of Chartered Accountants that specialises in working with charities improving governance, finance, risk and people matters.

Tom sit's on the ICAS charities technical panel and acts as a trustee for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which owns Edinburgh Zoo, as well as for the Donkey Sanctuary. When not working, he loves to read, garden and delve into modern history.

Nander Robertson
Trustee and Operations Director

Nander has had a lifetime interest in the relationship between soil management, food quality and its impact on the health of both animal and man.  He started working life as a Ship Management Trainee and became fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.  Later he moved into forestry engineering involved in sales management and market development introducing modern harvesting techniques and lightweight extraction machinery designed for plantation logging. 

In 1982, he founded the Glenside Group to promote the ecological management of soils and their fertility.  He is a past President of the RSFS and at The Garrique near Kippen his time is taken up with hands-on management of his own conifer and broadleaf woodlands.

Chris Allan

Alison Motion

Peter Philips