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Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust

What is Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust and what does it do to help protect the environment and tackle climate breakdown?
  Published:  24 Jul 2018    |      2 minute read

Our sister organisation Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust is a registered charity (No. 281681) that works to raise funds and provide grants to organisations whose activities further its charitable objectives. It is regulated by the Charity Commission and registered with Companies House. 

Download the latest financial accounts for Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust.

Charitable objectives

  • The conservation, protection and sustainable use for the public benefit of the Earth’s natural environment, including bio-diversity, atmosphere, water, land and natural resources.
  • The advancement of education for the public benefit and, in particular, the advancement of education in ecology, natural history, resource conservation, sustainable development and environment studies.
  • The promotion of sustainable development for the benefit of the public by the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of natural resources; and conducting or commissioning research and publishing the results of such research. ‘Sustainable development’ means improving the quality of life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems and the natural environment. 


The Board of Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust:

Gillian Fawcett (Treasurer and Interim Chair)

Photo of Gillian Fawcett

Gillian is a public policy, strategy and finance consultant. During her career she has held the positions of: Head of International at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA); Head of Public Sector at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Senior Fellow at the Office for Public Management (OPM); Head of Policy at the Audit Commission; and Head of Finance at the Scrutiny Unit in the House of Commons.

Frances Butler

Frances Butler

Frances has been Chair of Liberty, Vice Chair of the British Institute of Human Rights, a human rights policy adviser and a practising lawyer. She has worked on community energy projects in Camden, North London and is currently doing a PhD at University College London researching the state’s responsibility to act on climate change. Frances is also a member of Camden Friends of the Earth . 

Kate Hand

Kate Hand

Kate is a Principal Policy Officer at London Councils, and previously spent a decade working in environmental policy, including at RSPB, Wildlife and Countryside Link and the Community Development Foundation. She has been a trustee at People & Planet and is Treasurer of Hackney and Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth.

Mel Oley

Mel Oley

Mel is Associate Director of Fundraising at Mental Health UK. During her career, she has held fundraising roles at Greenpeace, ActionAid and Global Justice Now. She has previously been a trustee at Build Africa. 


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