Lesley Bennett was Trustee of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for 6 years and also was a non executive director on the Board of Wessex Water for 16 years. She has had a career in local government in Wiltshire – she was a Mayor of Malmesbury and served on North Wiltshire District Council and Wiltshire County Council chairing planning strategy and environment committees between 1992 and 2007. She was a chair of the North Wilts Council for Voluntary Service while it expanded to take on Voluntary Services throughout Wiltshire and changed its name to Develop. She has also worked in ICT, lecturing at Swindon College and New College Swindon and training in use of IT at AT&T
Lesley graduated in English but soon afterwards published a book Ecological Eating which marked the beginning of strong interest in the environment and its relationship with society and human development – what later has become defined as sustainability. She is convinced that renewable energy generation should be a key part every community’s plan for its future.