Green Light Trust has appointed a new chief executive officer.
Ashley Seaborne was appointed as Acting CEO in September last year, during which time the trustees completed a full review of the work of the charity and conducted a strategic review of the potential for the charity’s ambitions for the next three years.
Having worked for the charity as programme director since March 2011 and overseen the successful development of Greener Lives activity; he has already helped the charity to achieve its primary aim of bringing people and nature together.
Originally trained as an engineer with Ransomes Sims and Jeffries, Ashley swapped testing lawn mowers and trialling beet harvesters for working with young people, in roles as a training instructor, lecturer in two further education colleges and training manager for both Nacro and the YMCA.
During 26 years with YMCA Training, his passion for helping those at a disadvantage realise their potential developed and he later became national director of skills and employment, responsible for 22,000 participants per year on employment programmes, apprenticeships, and involved him working with major employers such as Tesco and B&Q. He also led the organisation’s equality and diversity strategy.
A 23-year commitment to education as a school governor at primary, high and now with Suffolk One sixth form and vocational college has been acknowledged through a Babergh District Council Community Award. Away from work, Ashley’s interests lie in amateur dramatics, trying to keep his children and pets under control, managing Ipswich Town from the terraces and restoring classic cars.
Green Light Trust has also recently welcomed two new trustees:
Clare Rose,who joined the trust in September. Clare previously completed a degree in environmental conservation management and now works in the water industry as a business account manager. Clare is helping to develop the Greener Business arm of the trust’s activities. As a governor at the local school, and a Lawshall resident, Clare also brings links to the local community to her role as trustee.
Prof Tony Booth is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Commonwealth Education and is based at Cambridge University. He has been researching, teaching and writing about sustainability, participation and exclusion and the principled development of systems and settings in education for more than 30 years. In his role as trustee for Green Light Trust he will be looking to support and advise on both sustainability and education matters.