Trustees and Supporters

Some of our trustees, patrons and supporters include:

Rose Bridger, Sushila Dhall, Deputy and Councillor Larry Sanders,( UK and USA),  founding Trustee Jacob Sanders, Richard Holcroft, Douglas Watson, Trude Blymse (Norway)


Rose Bridger


Photo: Rose Bridger, delivering a speech in the House of Commons

Rose Bridger

Rose works on environnmental issues in the UK in the areas of policy, practical projects and community development. She has been a consultant for the local food sector and campaigned against air freight expansion for a number of years.

Rose is a writer and campaigner, most recently her book Plane Truth exposed the expansion of aviation into less developed countries where it has harnessed local resources and displaced local people.

It is good to have a book packed with detail about aviation, but not written from an industry perspective. Rose Bridger has produced such a book. (John Stewart, Chair of Airport Watch)

Plane Truth is an essential read for all of us who care about the environment and future generations. Flying has become as natural to most people in countries like the UK and USA as having breakfast or listening to music. It is easy to forget that flying is helping through climate change emissions and other forms of pollution to destroy our world. The air industry is a huge lobby but Rose Bridger has produced a book that punctures their dangerous lies. (Derek Wall)

Plane Truth is truly comprehensive in its global perspective and illustrates the stark reality of the impact of the rapid growth in aviation. It highlights the sustained and damaging effect that aviation has on our environment, the lives of individuals and whole communities. It is a fascinating and extremely insightful narrative. (Liz Mason, Teaching Fellow in International Business, Leeds University)

Rose Bridger’s research is at the cutting edge of understanding new perspectives on Green economics. Plane Truth provides a valuable analysis of the role of the industry in the world economy that is second to none. This is a massively helpful contribution to the literature on aviation, and industry in general, giving valuable insight into how we all end up paying for the follies of large industrial concerns and networks. The cost of this industry to all of us is substantial and hitherto little understood. This ground breaking book shows how it really works, how we are all paying the cost, and a small minority are reaping the benefit. Bridger exposes the narratives used to justify airport expansion, which include “greenwash” and technological innovation which fails to address the real impacts. Don’t miss this timely and vital book as climate extremes and instability start to impact all of us. Bridger exposes the truth – make sure you read it in this vital book! (Miriam Kennet, Director of the Green Economics Institute)

There is a lot more at stake in arguments about aviation than appears at first sight. This book is a guide to the wider issues: how airports shape food supply, international trade flows, government bailouts, and the future of the climate. (Prof. Victor Anderson, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University)

A treasure trove that will shock and surprise with much jaw dropping material about the rapidly expanding and much subsidised world of airports, air travel and freight and their impact on climate change, biofuel demand, and much more. (Geoff Tansey, writer, Joseph Rowntree Visionary for a Just and Peaceful World, Trustee of Food Ethics Council)

A veritable ‘vade mecum’ of the sins of the aviation industry, with the references all lined up standing at attention. Indeed if the aviation bosses were in court with you as the prosecuting counsel, they would all receive long terms in prison.


Richard Holcroft Economist:

Qualified from University of Durham and University of Oxford Ricky is one of our graduates.


Richard Holcroft is an economist and mathematician at the University of Durham researching in aspects of transport and its environmental and socio-economic impacts. He recently ran a conference at the House of Commons on transport and climate change, chaired by Louise Ellman MP, chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee, whom he compiled a report for on transport policy. He has delivered this research at the Oxford Union. Richard is a delegate of the Kyoto Protocol, attending COP 19 in Warsaw, November 2013.


Douglas Watson

Douglas Watson has extensive experience in satellite communications and navigation consultancy, SME learning, technology transfer and innovation management within the University and industry (SME) sectors. He is the former Global Business Development Manager at Carpe Diem and has held senior international positions at Inmarsat, Ericsson and Motorola. He has participated in numerous SME focused research projects funded by industry, regional and national research councils, the European Space Agency and the European Commission, culminating in his appointment by the European Commission as an expert external evaluator and project manager of FP7 Projects. He is also currently acting as Consultant to the University of Nottingham’s GNSS Research and Applications Centre of Excellence where he acts as programme manager for the European Satellite Navigation Competition, which aims to stimulate SME innovation in the downstream satellite navigation market. GRACE is part of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute at the University of Nottingham, an internationally recognised centre of excellence in surveying, positioning and navigation technologies.


 Councillor Larry Sanders

County Councillor at Oxfordshire County Council I grew up in New York City live in Oxford since 1969,. I was elected to the County Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. I was the Leader of the Green Group I trained as a Social Worker and Lawyer. I have worked as a Community Worker, Social Worker (with Children and people with Mental Health problems), Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Visiting Lecturer in Health and Social Care Law, Director of the Community Work Practice Learning Centre for Oxford University, Anti-poverty Project Leader for Oxfordshire Carers Forum, Legal Advisor for Oxfordshire Community Care Rights and as a Non-Executive Director of Oxfordshire NHS Mental Health Trust.



Trude Blumse (Norway)
Jacob Sanders