Tony Juniper appointed chair of Natural England
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed that Tony Juniper CBE will be the new Chair of Natural England.
He will take up the role on April 23rd.
Juniper, who is currently Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK and President of Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, began his career working as an ornithologist with Birdlife International and for many years worked with Friends of the Earth, most recently as Executive Director and Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International.
He is a prolific author publishing many books, including the award-winning best seller ‘What has Nature Ever Done for Us?’ He is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and former advisor to the Prince of Wales.
Natural England is the government’s statutory adviser for the natural environment in England, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy and for the services they provide. It plays a key role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government, including the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “Tony will bring great experience and passion to Natural England from a career dedicated to conservation from his role at WWF to advising the Prince of Wales.
“I am looking forward to working with Tony as he leads the organisation and ensures Natural England can continue delivering the government’s environmental priorities.”
Tony Juniper said: “Natural England’s vital role in defending and enhancing our nation’s natural environment has never been more important. It is a real honour to have been appointed as the new Chair and I am very much looking forward to working with the Natural England teams and many partners across the country in delivering the biggest possible positive impact that we can.
“Natural England’s work is very wide ranging, from protecting our National Nature Reserves to advising farmers and from opening England’s new coastal path to ensuring greater public access to our wonderful natural areas.
“As Chair, my aim will be to celebrate, protect and deepen the impact of Natural England’s excellent work, not only for the sake of our wildlife and beautiful landscapes, but also for the huge benefits that our success brings for society.”
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