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Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust

What is Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust?
  Published:  24 Jul 2018    |      3 minute read

Our sister organisation Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust is a registered charity (No. 281681) that works to raise funds and provide grants to organisations whose activities further its charitable objectives. It is regulated by the Charity Commission and registered with Companies House.

Charitable objectives

  • The conservation, protection and sustainable use for the public benefit of the Earth’s natural environment, including bio-diversity, atmosphere, water, land and natural resources.

  • The advancement of education for the public benefit and, in particular, the advancement of education in ecology, natural history, resource conservation, sustainable development and environment studies.
  • The promotion of sustainable development for the benefit of the public by the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources; and conducting or commissioning research and publishing the results of such research. ‘Sustainable development’ means improving the quality of life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems and the natural environment.


The Board of Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust:

Kate Hand (Chair)

Kate Hand

Kate is a Principal Policy Officer at London Councils, and previously spent a decade working in environmental policy, including at RSPB, Wildlife and Countryside Link and the Community Development Foundation. She has been a trustee at People & Planet, and is Treasurer of Hackney and Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth.

Tony Burton

Tony Burton

Tony is Vice Chair of the Big Lottery Fund and Executive Chair of Sustainable Homes. He was awarded a CBE in the Jubilee Honours in 2012, and has been a Board Director of both the National Trust and CPRE, and has chaired Wildlife and Countryside Link.

Frances Butler

Frances Butler

Frances has been Chair of Liberty, Vice Chair of the British Institute of Human Rights, a human rights policy adviser and a practising lawyer. She has worked on community energy projects in Camden, North London and is currently doing a PhD at University College London researching the state’s responsibility to act on climate change. Frances is also a member of Camden Friends of the Earth .

Bill Swan

portrait of Bill Swan, Trustee of Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust

Bill has been a member of Friends of the Earth for over 25 years. He is managing Director of BPR Group and in 2006 he founded Carbon Smart. He has a MA in Natural Sciences (Cambridge University).

Board and other vacancies

Trust Director



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