Centenary year welcomes new Chair

Monday 23rd April 2012

René Olivieri will today be appointed Chair of The Wildlife Trusts; the sixteenth in the conservation organisation’s 100 year history.

On accepting the role, former chair of the Tubney Charitable Trust, René Olivieri said:

“I am delighted to be joining The Wildlife Trusts at this exciting time.  It is a movement united behind a shared vision and mission; with a clear direction and purpose.

“The Wildlife Trusts have already put landscape-scale conservation and the marine environment on the map.  I look forward to joining the journey to lead the way in promoting nature’s recovery. I am proud to be a part of it.”

I look forward to joining the journey to lead the way in promoting nature’s recovery

Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts, said:

“René has a very good understanding and appreciation of our vision and the nature of our organisation.  His input over the next five years will be invaluable.”

René Olivieri’s nomination and election follows an extensive recruitment process led by a panel of Trustees and President Simon King OBE.  His election for the position took places at The Wildlife Trusts’ Extraordinary General Meeting on 23 April 2012.

René joined Oxford-based publisher and book seller Blackwell in 1980 and went on to become CEO of all its publishing interests.  René stayed on to oversee the transition, following the 2007 merger with John Wiley.

René (57) is married with two children.  He speaks several foreign languages including German and Dutch.  His interests include nature, riding, tennis, and the performing arts.

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