Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Ramsay Ross

WRT & WVP Chair

Ramsay joined us in 2021 and took up the Chair soon thereafter. He trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG and spent over 35 years in various roles within the manufacturing industry internationally. 

He is a keen fisherman both at home and abroad and hopes to use his range of experience to assist WRT in its development.

Matt Bills


Matt became a Trustee in 2019. Although his background is in horticulture he has worked in strategic planning for Harborough District Council for a number of years.

Matt is particularly interested in how communities can get involved with projects and his expertise can help ensure that Local Authorities take account of watercourse requirements in their policies and actions.


Claire Barrett


Claire became a Trustee in 2021 and lives in the Welland catchment. She has worked in nature conservation for over 20 years, with a background in managing environmental grant and incentive schemes.

Claire hopes to assist with the Trust’s fundraising efforts and help more people to enjoy and appreciate the Welland Valley

Martin Ballard


Martin became a Trustee in 2021 after volunteering on a wetland planting project for the Trust.

Martin enjoys spending time with family and friends taking in the Welland and its tributaries, whether walking, cycling, kayaking or coaching Stamford rugby with his U15s team.

He has worked for the National Rivers Authority, the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, as well as for Willmott Dixon as Group Environment Manager.

In addition to Trustee for the Welland Rivers Trust, Martin is trustee Director for CLAIRE (sustainable land remediation) and Chair of Audit for the Inspire Education Group of higher and further education colleges.

James Birch


James became a Trustee in 2020. He is a school master at Uppingham, where he is a Housemaster, teaches History and amongst other activities runs a Countryside Conservation group that encourages pupils to become involved in activities to support the local community and environment.