Trustees’ CV’s


Betty Twivey (Chairman)

 Shortly after retirement, in 2003, from a long and fulfilling career in education, Betty was appointed to the Lichfield Conduit Lands Trust, and took up the role of chairman last year.

A resident of Lichfield since 1976, she has been involved with several organisations over the years, including manning the Red Cross Library Trolley at St Michael’s Hospital and helping with the setting up of the Lichfield Talking Newspaper. She also held the position of treasurer of Christ Church Lichfield PCC.

Currently, she is a committee member of Amici d’Italia, Lichfield’s Italian Society and assists with the sale of poppies for the Remembrance Day commemorations.

 She is member of several societies in Lichfield, and her hobbies include the theatre, gardening, reading and swimming.

Thomas Roach (Vice Chairman)

Tom was appointed as Trustee in 2011. He is married with two daughters who between them have four energetic grandchildren and he has lived in Lichfield since 1990. Tom has nearly forty years experience working in human resources and has headed HR departments across a number of sectors including financial services, IT consulting, medical devices and an independent school.

Tom has been a magistrate since 1996.  

Outside of work, he has an eclectic mix of interests from food and drink, travelling, reading, music and running.

Colin Ablitt 

Colin is a long standing Trustee of Conduit Lands and has held two terms of chairmanship.  He spent some ten years as a Lichfield District Councillor during which time he was cabinet member responsible for the commissioning of the Garrick Theatre.  He was founding chairman of the Lichfield Mysteries and played a number of key roles in both the District and County Scouting administration.  He is now retired having spent the latter working years with Birmingham City Council.

Gwyneth Boyle

Gwyneth has lived in Lichfield with her family since 1967 and is currently a City and District Councillor.  She has had the honour of holding the offices of Mayor and Sheriff which have made her realise how important the organisations and charities within the City are to the cohesion and wellbeing of the community.  She is President of Lichfield Twinning Association, a member of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation and The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Committee. 

As a mother of four children Gwyneth applauds Conduit Lands Trust for the help and encouragement it gives to local young people’s educational aims and ambitions and she gains great satisfaction in being a member of the Charity.

Kathryn Duncan-Brown

Kathryn is married to a local GP with 2 children and 3 grandchildren and has lived in Lichfield since 1974.

Kathryn retired from a career in Midwifery, Primary Care Nursing and Education. 

Past Councillor, Sheriff and Mayor of the City of Lichfield. Lifetime involvement with Girlguiding UK, locally, nationally and internationally.

Kathryn has held various appointments past and present for the C/E Diocese of Lichfield, been a past member of various County Trusts, Past Governor of St Mary’s Lichfield and involved in the setting up of the local Bereavement Counselling service called CRUSE.

She is currently Chairman of St John’s Hospital Trust here in Lichfield and some of her hobbies include Poetry, Painting, Gardening and Travel.


John Russell

John has been a trustee of the charity since joining as Mayor in September 1985. He served on the City Council for eleven years.

He is a retired stockbroker and he sits on a number of charities in Lichfield and Birmingham.

John hopes that, with his years of charity experience and his business and financial background, he can make a positive contribution to the charity.

Christopher J. Spruce

Christopher is a retired Chartered Certified Accountant having been a group finance director. He has lived in Lichfield for over 43 years and is currently a Councillor on both Lichfield District and City Councils. Since retirement Christopher has concentrated on charities in the Lichfield areas.

Nicola Templeton

Nicola is a Director at The Prince’s Charities and was voted by The Sunday Times as one of the top 100 UK entrepreneurs giving back to future generations. Nicola is an active community investor, enterprise and age champion and is passionate about using business as a force of good to create opportunity for future generations

Robert W. White

Robert was appointed as a Trustee in 1988 and was Chairman for two, three year periods.  He brings to the Trust some measure of balance, consistency and sound judgment. His commitment to Lichfield is manifest as a non-councillor Sheriff 1994-5, Magistrate for 30 years and Chairman of St John’s Hospital, the Johnson Society, the Licensing Bench, Lichfield Cathedral 800 Celebration and as Deputy Head of King Edward VI School 1975-90.  Robert has been resident in the City since 1976.