Who we are


The Rt Hon The Lord Dulverton


DWLCT Trustees meet for a formal management meeting every month (normally on the first Monday of each month) to manage the day to day affairs of the Trust, act as Lead Partner on the Project to restore Dulverton weir & leat (Project Partners are Exmoor National Park Authority, Westcountry Rivers Trust and Somerset Youth) and to focus on future areas of Trust activity.

Trustee Member Biographies (in alphabetical order)

Robin Ashburner B.E.M.

A varied career covering an eclectic round of ventures mostly in Wales. These ventures overlapped but were based on his large Welsh Hill Farm. These included in the commercial sector, the largest yacht chandlery and admiralty agent in Wales, a considerable caravan operation and from 1969 a manufacturer of flags, with factories in England, Scotland and Wales. In the charity sector was for 10 years Chairman of the Boys Clubs of Wales, was also asked to become President of the Flag Institute, taking over a near insolvent operation and in 8 years turning it into the prosperous organisation it is today dealing with Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Westminster and the Diplomatic Corps of many countries operating in the UK.

Moved to Exmoor in 1999 and took on several local causes that needed help;
– raising funds and restoring the near to closing Simonsbath Church. It is now the only Exmoor Church with a complete round of modern facilities
– organising and facilitating the building of affordable houses in Exford
– raising money to restore the cricket field and youth club in Exford.
Now Chair of the Exmoor Community Youth Club and on the Management Committee of the Simonsbath Festival.

Philip Hull

A Senior Manager/Director with a 40 year international career in manufacturing, marketing, HR and general management with companies including Bayer, BP, International Paper and Quarto Publishing. Countries worked in include U.S, Canada, Russia, Mainland Europe and former Soviet-bloc countries.
Most recently was UK Lead Partner of GHR Partners, an international recruitment (headhunting) and human resources company with its UK office in Bristol.
Arrived in Dulverton in 1984 as Managing Director of Globol Chemicals in Bampton, at that time the largest employer in the area with over 130 employees.

He was married at Dulverton Church 33 years ago, his daughter married at the same church into a local Exmoor family. Now semi-retired, also a member of the Management Committee of Simonsbath Festival.

Marian Lloyd

A graduate in Fine Art (Sculpture), has lived on Exmoor for over 40 years, raising a family and continuing her sculpture work whilst helping in the family farming business. The Lloyd family have been well known throughout Exmoor for many years and Marian has been an active participator in, and supporter of, a number of community initiatives; Founder and Treasurer of the Simonsbath Festival; a member of the Withypool Hall Committee for 32 years and is now Treasurer. She is interested in all forms of country life.


Richard Partington

An international expert on national parks and protected areas covering their governance and management; sustainable tourism; visitor services; community engagement and using conservation and recreation to support rural economies and local values.
Commercial experience in the aerospace industry was followed by unique roles within New Zealand’s national park service which provided contemporary ideas and a fresh approach to England’s Broads Authority and Exmoor National Park. Taking practical experience into UK governments’ Countryside Agency/Natural England and later as a freelance expert enabled ‘grounded’ solutions at regional, national and European levels.

Other roles have included Chair of EUROPARC Consulting GmbH – an international company supporting conservation of Europe’s nature and landscape; member of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas – its global expert group; development and
implementation of national and international policy; multidisciplinary team and project manager; member of the ground-breaking IUCN-UK Putting Nature on the Map project, freelance consultant providing practical and specialist advice and training as well as an occasional author and speaker. Working in locations from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean and from Western to Central and Eastern European states for national and local government clients, international NGO’s including WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme.

A Dulverton resident for 27 years, active community involvement includes past Chair (2010-13) and current member of Exmoor National Park’s statutory Local Access Forum, Exmoor Community Bus Association voluntary driver, Chair of ‘Active Exmoor’ community project (2003-06) – promoting participation in outdoor activities, sports, active tourism and increasing local employment/skills. School Governor at Dulverton First School (1992-96) including Chair of finance subcommittee and also at West Somerset Community College (1999-03) including member of finance & resources committee, performance management team & Behaviour Initiative.

Peter Romain

Currently, and for the past 14 years, Managing Director of Jets Travel, Yateley, Hampshire.
Started out with mechanical engineering in the construction industry. Moved to South Africa in 1974 to join family venison export business. Subsequently had a life-changing adventure living in the African bush for 4 months.

On returning to the UK, embarked on a 38 year career as a business owner and entrepreneur in the retail and service sectors. During 1990s, undertook assignments as a Business Analyst (Troubleshooter) for International Consulting and Management Co.
Has lived in Dulverton for 12 years, having ‘discovered’ Exmoor 16 years ago when a family relation established a tourism related business locally. Personal interests include enjoying both the ruggedness and the fragility of the Exmoor landscape along with researching the ancient history of the area.


Honorary Trustees

We are grateful for the support of our Honorary Trustees who:-

Provide a pool of committed and engaged leaders of the community who may be available to consult and advise the Trust on matters of importance.


Are persons who’s contribution and support have helped shape the Trust’s direction and progress and who deserve our special recognition.


Are former Trustees who continue to demonstrate their commitment to the Trust and to Dulverton’s Historic Urban Windmill Landscape.   

Honorary Trustees (in alphabetical order)

Mrs Jackie Archer

Mr Barney Bell

Mr Paddy Groves

Bruce Heywood (Former Councillor West Somerset Council)

Councillor Gerry Lewis (Dulverton Town Council)

Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger MP

Mr Christopher Nelder (Chairman, Dulverton & District Civic Society)

Mrs Jenny Sampson

Mr Iain Stewart Hunter

Councillor Nick Thwaites (Somerset West & Taunton Council)




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