Meet the Team
Peter Samson – Estate Manager
Peter Samson came to us from the National Trust’s 8500 acre Kingston Lacy Estate in Dorset, where he worked for over 30 years. He has a substantial background in livestock management, environmental work and woodland management. Peter has delivered guided walks, farm tours and family activities; he is very passionate about bringing people closer to nature and working with the community to achieve this.
Peter’s ambition at the Trust is to raise standards and improve the quality in all things estate related, so that the Trust is seen as exemplars to its beneficiaries and to those outside of the area of benefit. His main interests are tree management (especially veteran trees), woodlands, fungi and farming for nature.
Mike Wilson – Deputy Estate Manager
Mike has a diverse working history, from environmental education and looking after livestock, to forestry and countryside contracting. He works closely with the rangers to carry out a variety of tasks on the estate to the highest possible standards. One of Mike’s favourite things in life is sheep shearing and luckily for him the Box Moor Trust has plenty of sheep to keep him happy! He says, “To be working on an estate with such a close knit team and to do the things I love every day is a massive privilege.”
Bob Mansbridge – Senior Estate Ranger/Stockman
Bob’s role at the Trust is largely livestock management, which happens to be his specialty. He looks after the lambing and calving in the spring months, and in the summer he can often be found on his tractor making hay, which will eventually become food for the livestock during the winter.
Before joining the Trust, Bob spent two years at Shuttleworth College where he completed a National Diploma in Agriculture, however his first encounter with the Trust was through Junior Rangers (previously Boxmoor Birds). Bob has also done some work experience and had holiday jobs at the Trust.
“The best thing about my job is looking after the rare breeds we have such as the Belted Galloway cattle and the Norfolk Horn sheep,” he says.
Paul Redding – Estate Ranger
Paul has been working on the Trust’s estate for over 30 years, with his wealth of knowledge, he knows the Box Moor Trust’s land better than anyone.
He is a craftsman as well as a ranger, being highly skilled at woodwork and welding. You’ll often see him around the estate in the tractor or an Isuzu, erecting fences, cutting grass or putting his carpentry skills to good use.
Karen Poore – Estate Ranger
Karen has been with the Trust since 2014. She graduated from Brighton University with a 2:1 in BSc Biological Sciences. Whilst working for B&Q as a supervisor, she volunteered as a conservation trainee for The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust in Maidenhead where she learnt countryside management skills, in particular working with livestock, felling, brush cutting and fencing as well as habitat management.
At the Box Moor Trust Karen leads some of the volunteer sessions such as Youth Rangers on a Saturday, the Bovingdon Brickworks project and corporate volunteers. She also helps out in the Education team to develop links between the teams, offering knowledge of the estate to her education colleagues.
Karen says, “I am passionate about wildlife and I’m always on the lookout for interesting species when I’m working, such as wildflowers and butterflies, as well as birds. One of the key highlights of my job was hearing a cuckoo at Bovingdon Brickworks for the first time last year, and again this year. Hearing positive things from the people that use our land makes my job incredibly worthwhile.”
Jessica Tearle – Season Estate Ranger
Jessica joined the Trust in April this year, her role is to help with the general presentation of the estate such as tidying up and litter picking. A key part of her role is to engage with the general public on the moors, to hear people’s concerns or answer any questions they may have.
Jessica has a passion for the outdoors. As well as having a Foundation degree in Countryside Management and Conservation, she has volunteered for The National Trust and Tawharanui Regional Park in Auckland.