Esmée Fairbairn Foundation welcomes three new Trustees

We are excited to welcome three new Trustees to Esmée’s Board: Elspeth Jones, Dame Clare Moriarty and Mary Ann Sieghart.

Appointed to Esmée's Board of Trustees in September 2023, their considerable experience spans the civil service, environment, charity, media and legal sectors. As well as the valuable expertise they bring, we’re excited to have their insights, ideas and challenge to help guide the Foundation as we work towards our mission.

Elspeth Jones

Elspeth Jones

Elspeth Jones is a non-profit leader and advisor, as well as a former barrister, with over 15 years’ experience across the commercial, environmental and charity sectors. She is passionate about unlocking positive, systemic change for a healthy planet and thriving, inclusive society.

Most recently, Elspeth was Deputy Chief Executive at the environmental law NGO, ClientEarth, leading an organisation of over 300 people across eight offices globally, using the power of the law to drive systemic change. Elspeth has also been the Executive Director of the Cardiff-based climate change and sustainable development charity Size of Wales, and a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Sumatran Orangutan Society, an Oxfordshire based charity dedicated to the conservation of orangutans and their forest habitat in Sumatra. Elspeth was born and grew up Wales and is a Welsh speaker. She now lives in Wales with her family, where she enjoys going on adventures and exploring the outdoors.

Clare Moriarty

Dame Clare Moriarty

Clare Moriarty is Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, leading the national charity and network of local Citizens Advice charities across England & Wales.

She was previously a civil servant for nearly 35 years, latterly as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2015 to 2019, and of the Department for Exiting the EU until its closure in January 2020. After leaving the Civil Service, Clare chaired the Health Foundation’s Covid-19 impact inquiry and worked with organisations including Transport for London and the Bank of England. She is a non-executive member of the Westminster Abbey Strategic Board, a trustee of the History of Parliament Trust and chairs the South Downs Partnership.

Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Sieghart is a journalist, broadcaster and author of The Authority Gap: Why We Still Take Women Less Seriously Than Men, and What We Can Do About It.

She was at The Times for nearly 20 years, as Assistant Editor, Comment Editor, Arts Editor and political columnist, and has also worked at the FT, The Economist and The Independent as well as presenting programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. She has been a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and is currently a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and a director of Guardian Media Group. She has chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank and the North Fulham New Deal for Communities and was a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Radcliffe Trust.

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