Who’s Who

Below you’ll find details of the current Unstead Nature Community Group Committee. In addition to the committee, the group is supported by a growing band of volunteers. Come along and find out how you can get involved.

John Maris

John Mairs, Chairman

John volunteers with SWT on their conservation and grazing tasks.

He is the current chair of UNCG, having been part of the group since it’s inception.

Retirement in 2018 allows John to devote more time to pursuing a life long interest in the natural world.

Email: chair@unstead-reserve.org

Chris Kirton

Chris Kirton, Treasurer

Chris is a retired Chartered Accountant who has been involved in wildlife conservation volunteering with the National Trust for 40 years, and more recently with SWT as well.

He says he is unskilled, but he seems to like digging out tree stumps!

Chris lives in Godalming with his wife Fiona who is also a UNCG volunteer.

Email: treasurer@unstead-reserve.org

Keith Lightfoot

Keith Lightfoot, Warden

Keith is our warden and currently volunteers for RSPB at Farnham Heath, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey Hedge Laying Group as well as UNCG.

He has been a keen birder since childhood and since retirement has become an enthusiastic Wildlife photographer.

Keith’s long suffering wife Heather is very understanding and supports him in all these activities.

Email: warden@unstead-reserve.org

Janet Pizzey

Janet Pizzey, Group Secretary

Janet is in full time employment and works from home in the Corporate Travel sector. She has been interested in wildlife, nature and birds for as long as she can remember but says she still has much to learn about conservation.

She is delighted to be involved in the restoration of Unstead Wetland Nature Reserve and says working with a fantastic group of like-minded individuals has brought their shared vision to fruition.

Janet lives next to the reserve with her husband Russell – also a UNCG volunteer.

Email: secretary@unstead-reserve.org

Stuart Smith

Stuart Smith, Committee member

A self confessed “enthusiastic novice” when it comes to wildlife conservation.

Stuart is a very keen Trout and Salmon angler, a wizard at Carpentry and our very own “Mr fixer”.

Peter Cornish

Peter Cornish, Committee member

Peter is a retired music publisher and is now getting tremendous satisfaction from being part of the project to regenerate the Unstead reserve and is enjoying the companionship of working with a growing group of like minded people.

As well as his work for UNCG Peter is also a keen volunteer for SWT and RSPB Farnham Heath.

Email: datarecorder@unstead-reserve.org