Dame Fiona Reynolds

fionareynoldsDame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. She came to the college from the National Trust, of which she was Director-General from 2001-2012. During her time at the National Trust she made it warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.
Before becoming DG of the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England, 1987-98) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks, 1980-87). Fiona was also a volunteer with the National Trust from the mid 1980s until the late 1990s, first as a member of the Thames and Chilterns Regional Committee and later as an elected member of Council. She chaired the Sutton House Local Committee in Hackney.
Fiona is the Senior Non-Executive Director on the Executive Board of the BBC, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water and became chair of Green Alliance in December 2014.
Fiona was appointed CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998 and DBE in 2008. She is married with three daughters and lives near Cirencester. She loves walking, reading, classical music and opera.

Photo credit: David Levenson


Bill Lyons

billlyonsBill Lyons is Executive Editor of Countryfile and Secret Britain on BBC One and also responsible for COAST on BBC Two. After reading English at Oxford he did postgraduate research in Jacobean Drama, then joined the BBC as a News Trainee. He’s made programmes for both ITV and Channel Four as well as the BBC, specialising in current affairs, history and archaeology. An EMMY nominee and three times Finalist at the New York Film Festival he’s also a Winner of the British Archaeological Awards with “Blood Red Roses” , while his ITV factual drama, “Titanic – Birth of a Legend” won an RTS for Best Visual Effects. Now living in the West Country he also knows the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes very well. His bedtime reading is Alfred Wainwright’s guide to the Western Fells.


Paul Evans

paul evansPaul Evans is a nature writer, radio broadcaster and senior lecturer in creative writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is best known as a contributor of Country Diaries for The Guardian; a writer and presenter of natural history documentaries and spooky docu-dramas on BBC Radio 4. Herbaceous, his collection of botanically-inspired poetic prose was published 2014 and Fieldnotes from the Edge, a journey into Britain’s secret wilds, is published in summer 2015.  His background is in the nature conservation movement and horticulture. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Lancaster University and a Cycling Proficiency certificate. He lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with his family.


Nigel Roby

nigelrobyNigel Roby is the owner of The Bookseller and its offshoot We Love This Book. The Bookseller is one of the UK’s longest running magazines. First published in 1858, it is at the heart of the book trade from reporting on the latest sales to predicting the best sellers in the months ahead. Nigel is a keen walker and very occasional sea kayaker. In both cases, the West and NW of Scotland take some beating.



Katie Bond

katiebondKatie Bond is the Publisher at the National Trust and was previously Marketing and Publicity Director at Bloomsbury. Her lifelong passion for book coexists happily with a love of the outdoors, walking, gardening and travel and she is associated with The Wild Network (reconnecting kids with nature) through involvement in the film ‘Project Wild Thing‘.




Fergus Collins

ferguscollinsFergus Collins is editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, writer and a keen amateur naturalist. He spends most of his spare time wandering the hills and byways around his Monmouthshire home – and reads vast tracts of nature writing to survive his daily commute.




Alastair Giles of Agile Marketing is the Prize Director