Our board


The board


Our board governs the organisation. It is responsible for developing and reviewing strategy; monitoring performance; setting values, policies, and standards; ensuring adherence to aims, good governance, proper risk management; and compliance with legal requirements and obligations to stakeholders.


Sara Parkin OBE, Chair

Sara is Principal Associate of The Sustainability Literacy Project. She is also Co-founder of Forum for the Future, Chair of the Richard Sandbrook Trust, Trustee of the St Andrews Prize and board member of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

Fiona McKenzie

After working in investment banking, Fiona ran her own practice in alternative medicine and facilitated mezzanine financing deals. She has spent the last decade working on human/wildlife conflict-resolution projects and is a trustee of Global Canopy.

Maggie Avison

Currently working as a freelance researcher, Maggie has been involved in the charity sector for more than 15 years, working at two international animal welfare organisations and volunteering for several other animal welfare and environmental charities during this period. 

Stephen Bown

Emeritus Professor of Laser Medicine and Surgery and Director of the National Medical Laser Centre, at University College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist, University College Hospital.

Harry Cripps

A chemical engineer and chartered environmentalist with 40 years process industry experience, now semi-retired, his engineering and consultancy career has included pollution control, water, and waste minimisation, energy optimisation, process integration and development of environmentally sustainable technology.

John Davies

John is a retired teacher with experience in business. Involved in setting up and running Population Matter's local groups, he works to develop measurable, effective engagement, given the decreasing timescale we have in which to halt environmental degradation.

Rebecca Foljambe

Rebecca Foljambe

Rebecca is a NHS GP with a special interest in Family Planning and Women’s Health. She is also the founder of You Before Two — a charity steered towards encouraging and educating young women to consider their own education, safety and autonomy before entering into a serious relationship and/or getting pregnant. Rebecca is a passionate believer in the impact of individuals despite the growing population.

Pip Hayes

A semi-retired GP in Devon, Pip was a member of the PM board previously and has only recently rejoined it. She is also a board member of the Tamar Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a nonexecutive board member of Devon Doctors. She was inspired to join Population Matters after meeting our patron Prof John Guillebaud at a family planning training event.



Anna Hughes

Having worked previously as a teacher, cycling instructor and sustainable transport campaigner, Anna is currently Director of Flight Free UK, a group that campaigns for a reduction in aviation. She is a writer and author, having written three books about cycling, and many articles on sustainability for various websites and magazines. Anna speaks regularly on the radio about environmental issues including transport and population.

Emma Olliff

She is an ecologist focusing on farming and its future with regards to increasing population and decreasing biodiversity. Working on a project called RegenerEat which aims to reconnect people with their ecosystem through their food, supporting regenerative agriculture and building resilient, holistic food systems.

Chris Padley

Chris Padley

Chris is retired, a life long campaigner on environmental issues. As a member of the Green Party he was a Town Councillor for 27 years in Market Rasen, in Lincolnshire and twice Town Mayor. He managed the PM letter writer’s group for 10 years. 

Ascanio Vitale

He has volunteered and worked for several environmental organizations, including as a climate campaigner for Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. He is a Chief Executive Officer of engineering consulting companies Stop CO2 and Flyzen.


Honorary treasurer: Percy Kelland

Percy is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with over 38 years’ experience in the voluntary and commercial sectors. He worked for 21 years for KPMG, 6 years at director level in industry, and 11 years as a self-employed business adviser. Having grown up on a farm on Exmoor, he has a lifelong passion for wildlife and conservation issues and is an active supporter and adviser to a number of charities.

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