Sarah Fowler, Nadine Thomson, Andy Wood appointed as Board Members to Visit England Advisory Board

The Secretary of State has appointed Sarah Fowler, Nadine Tomson, and Andy Wood as Board Members of VEAB for 5 years from 6th January 2020 to 5th January 2025

Sarah Fowler is chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority. Sarah works to deliver positive change for people and the environment.
In her current role she speaks up for and cares for the Peak District National Park for all to enjoy forever. Her work is about National Parks being more diverse, in nature and in the people connecting with them. It is about looking after the best of the British countryside and inspiring people to feel connected with nature, feel great and to care. National Park Authorities are part of a global family, and of their local communities, they continuously test and work out how a sustainable future is possible. In her previous roles, she has managed major environmental and flooding incidents and worked locally, nationally and internationally delivering and advocating for sustainable development. She previously worked in the Environment Agency, led Peterborough Environment City Trust, worked at English Nature (Natural England’s predecessor) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She began her career at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Sarah is a board member of Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Active Partners Trust and a Trustee of UK National Parks Foundation. At home, she has helped run an organic farm and enjoys getting outdoors with family and friends.

Nadine Thomson is the Global Chief Technology Officer for MediaCom, a media agency that uses data, technology and creativity to design communication strategies that build brands. She has a thorough understanding of the travel and tourism industry having led change internationally at STA Travel to enable a multi-channel, eCommerce business. Over her career, Nadine has led global digital technology programmes across Travel, Retail, Media and Leisure. She has recently worked as Group Technology Director for Conde Nast International (Vogue, GQ, Traveller) CIO Advisory for Capita and Technology Director for Vue Cinemas. Nadine has 10 years Non-Executive experience as Vice Chair for the Board of Cinema For All and Trustee for Host UK.

Andy Wood joined Adnams in 1994, he joined the Board in 2000 as Sales and Marketing Director becoming Managing Director in 2006 and Chief Executive in 2010. He has a DBA from Cranfield University and Honorary doctorates; in Business from Anglia Ruskin University, in Science from Cranfield University and Civil Law from the University of East Anglia. He was also awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 and between 2014 to 2016 was HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Responsible business in the East of England. In 2010 Andy founded and was Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, he has co-authored a book on Lean and Green Business Systems which was awarded the Shingo prize for Operational Excellence in 2013. He is Non-Executive Chairman of SGWM a wealth management company operating throughout East Anglia and a Non-Executive Director of The Hotel Folk. Andy is a Governor of Norwich School and Chairman of Visit East of England.

These roles are remunerated at £3,300 per annum. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Neither Ms Fowler or Mr Wood have declared any activity. Ms Thomson has declared that she has made recordable donations to the Women’s Equality Party.