We're committed to
- A peaceful and sustainable world based on societies living in harmony with nature.
- Each generation enjoying an environment that’s getting better; a safer climate, abundant nature, healthy air, water and food.
- A growing and diverse network of people coming together to transform our environment into one which is flourishing, sustainable, and socially just.
- Our staff, our wider network and the work we do must be free from discrimination and harassment.
Friends of the Earth is a company and a charity
Friends of the Earth Limited is a not-for-profit limited company limited by guarantee, company number 1012357.
We own the Friends of the Earth trademark and grant local action groups a licence to campaign under our name.
We are known as Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and have teams that work in Wales and in Northern Ireland. Our sister organisation Friends of the Earth Scotland works in Scotland.
A substantial part of the funding for our charitable campaigning comes from our sister organisation Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust, which is a registered charity, No. 281681.
The charity 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.
Our income and spending
We are transparent about the income we receive, mostly through our charitable trust, and how we spend it, mostly through our limited company.
Download yearly accounts for Friends of the Earth Limited and Friends of the Earth Charitable Trust.
Meet our team
We are led by our Senior Leadership Team
- Hugh Knowles and Miriam Turner, Co-Executive Directors
- Frankie Bradley, Interim Director of Finance and Operations
- Eleanor Bullimore, Director of Engagement
- Sotez Chowdhury, Director of Communities and Networks
- Kathryn Holloway, Director of Income Generation
- Clare Lyons, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns
We are governed by our Board of Non-Executive Directors
We are governed by a Board of Non-Executive Directors. They are responsible for the overall strategic direction and oversight of the organisation, ensuring regulatory compliance, monitoring and evaluating risks, and approval of the annual budget and audited accounts.
We're proud that our Board has won Conservation and Environment Board of the Year at the Board Awards, for the biggest impact on diversity and inclusion within environmental conservation.
For our Memorandum and Articles of Association, please see our filing history with Companies House.
Our board members
Frances Butler, Co-Chair
Frances is Co-Chair of Friends of the Earth Limited and the Board's Diversity Lead. She has been Chair of Liberty, Vice Chair of the British Institute of Human Rights, a human rights policy adviser and a practising lawyer. Frances 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 a member of Camden Friends of the Earth .
Eva Neitzert, Co-Chair
Eva is the Board's Co-Chair. She has more than ten years' experience of working at senior management and Executive-level to further social and environmental concerns, and has campaigned on environmental issues for more than twenty years. She is currently Director of Just Economics and was previously the Deputy CEO at the Fawcett Society and Programme Head for Business, Finance and Economics at the New Economics Foundation (NEF). One of her main interests is how we can achieve a 'Just Transition', ensuring that we live within environmental limits, reduce inequalities and promote social justice.
Jeana Malhi, Vice Chair
Jeana was our first youth Board member for Friends of the Earth, and now sits as Vice Chair and Safeguarding Lead. She is motivated by climate justice and opposing the capitalistic and colonial structures responsible for climate change. She wants a variety of different youth perspectives and intergenerational knowledge to be heard during her time on the board. Jeana currently works for Community Energy England as a graduate intern and has volunteered for Sheffield Renewables, a community energy organisation, since 2014. Jeana is also a collective member of Verse Matters, an intersectional feminist arts collective who organise and provide supportive spaces for spoken word events in Sheffield.
Monye has nearly 40 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer and as a practising advocate. She has practiced in Northern Ireland since 1997 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2007. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, qualified as a Mediator in 2002 and is CEDR accredited. Monye is on the committee of the British and Irish Commercial Bar Association and is an active member of the Bar Council’s pro bono committee. She has extensive experience in construction, commercial, company Law and public procurement Law and also has a well-developed human rights and judicial review practice.
John is Chief Financial Officer at Vivobarefoot, a certified B Corp, and previously worked as the Finance and Sourcing Director of Pukka Herbs. John is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has spent the past 18 years working in the private sector across a number of disciplines and geographies. John holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University and can usually be found wandering the byways of Wiltshire with his wife and daughter and supporting Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon.
Kay is the Board's Senior Independent Director and its Health and Safety Lead. She is the Head of Movement Building and Campaigns at the Finance Innovation Lab, where she leads the Lab's work on growing purpose-driven finance, and also provides freelance organising support for Mothers CAN (Mothers' Climate Action Network). For 10 years prior to that, Kay was the director of TCC (Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru / Together Creating Communities) in North Wales, supporting diverse communities to build power and run effective campaigns. She is an active member of Friends of the Earth Llangollen and a higher level Welsh learner.
Matt is Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth Limited. He has a career spanning public, private and not for profit sectors, including roles as Head of Digital and Corporate Marketing at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust; Deputy Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at Shelter; and Head of Marketing and Communications at The Carbon Trust. Matt currently works in marketing/communications consultancy for a range of clients, supports a range of environmental causes, and is a keen sailor and walker. He has an MBA from Cranfield and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University.
Jeanette is a qualified chartered accountant (ICAS) and is currently the Finance and Sustainability Director of Abel & Cole, an organic online grocer, which is on a mission to do food right for people and planet. After qualifying from Ernst & Young in 2008, she has spent the last 15 years working in retail, ecommerce and FMCG for high growth businesses in a number of commercial and operational finance roles. Jeanette holds a degree in Classics, Latin & Greek, from UCL and is an active member of the B-Corp Community, where she is currently the co-chair of the Finance Director working group.. She is passionate about Equality & Inclusivity and in her spare time acts as a mentor for Blueprint For All (formerly the Stephen Lawrence Charity Trust.)
Barry is a Founding Partner at Purpose Union advising clients on advocacy, partnerships and philanthropy, including the like off Jamie Oliver, Malala Fund, Unilever and WaterAid among others. Barry has worked on campaigns influencing public and policy debate in Ireland, the UK, EMEA and the Americas with experience across communications, advocacy, social marketing and stakeholder management. He has worked across a variety of complex issues including climate change and sustainability, food and nutrition, public health, and education. Prior to founding Purpose Union, Barry Johnston was Director of Advocacy at Malala Fund, closely advising Nobel Prize winner and UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai. He led the organisation’s global advocacy including overseeing all of its engagement with the UN system. Previously he spent a decade leading national coalition in the UK and Ireland on topics ranging from climate change and tax transparency to mental health and LGBT rights. Originally from Ireland, Barry studied at the National University of Ireland, the University of London and Dublin City University and has worked as a freelance food writer as well as founding the campaign group Emigrant Manifesto.