HWDT welcomes new charity Chair


Today HWDT Trustees announce that Juliana Butler (Jay) has stepped into the role as Chair, succeeding Professor Denis Mollison. Jay and Denis have been working closely together over the preceding few months of the transition period and their collaborative work has seen some exciting strategic developments being formed for HWDT.
Jay was our first CEO in 1996 and has been a keen supporter ever since. She left in 1998 to work in the BBC Natural History unit in Bristol and then became a Trustee of HWDT in 2014. She is currently employed as a non-executive director for the health service, renewables consultant and environmental management advisor. 

Jay is stepping into this lead role at a time when the organisation is in the process of formulating exciting, dynamic developments.

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to take these developments forward, maintaining focus as the organisation gathers an exciting level of momentum. I am committed to doing my very best to ensure the continued growth and stability that HWDT has enjoyed under Denis’ skilful leadership.
— Jay Butler

Denis Mollison has been involved with HWDT for 19 years, becoming a Trustee in 1999 and Chair in 2013. His experience and input as a trustee over this time demonstrates a staggering commitment to the organisation and its people. We are incredibly grateful for his support which has enabled the Trust to expand with stability. 

I’ve much enjoyed my five years as Chair of HWDT. It’s been a pleasure to support the expert and enthusiastic staff that HWDT attracts. Under the leadership of Eva Varga, Gemma Paterson and now Alison, they’ve expanded our activities greatly and I have great confidence that with the support of Jay and our fellow Trustees they can continue this upward trend.”

Alison Lomax, Executive Director added, “His talent for supporting staff to empower themselves paid dividends: Denis imbued confidence in individuals, offered guidance from his vast experience, and helped build the productive team that we have today.
— Denis Mollison

For more about the HWDT team visit the staff profiles.