About us

The group is run by a Management Board, Chairperson and Secretariat.

A Management Board of no more than nine member organisations, elected by its members, directs VSG. A minimum of five are needed at management meetings to enable decisions to be made on behalf of VSG as a whole. Member organisations are elected to the management board for a three year term but can stand for re-election each time. Three positions on the management board will be elected in December each year.



VSG Secretariat

The role of Secretariat is currently a position held by the team from Outdoor Recreation NI.


Nick Hall

Nick is the Environment and Safety Manager at the Woodland Trust


Tom O’Keeffe

Tom is Enterprise Risk Manager at the State Claims Agency in Dublin


Jake Williams

Jake is Head of Parks & Conservation at Anglian Water Services


Dave Liddy

Dave is the Visitor Management Advisor at Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales


Ken Dodd (Chairperson)

Ken is the current Chairperson of VSG and director of Ken Dodd Associates Ltd.


Adele Masztalerz

Adele is Head of Safety Management at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust


Daithi de Forge

Daithi is a forester and Head of Recreation in Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board.


Steve Blackford

Steve is the Head of Properties Management, Manx National Heritage


Jenny Wilson

Jenny is the Technical Recreation Advisor (National Operations Team), Forestry England