Since November 2015 it has been my honour and privilege to represent the Wildlife Trusts movement as its President. Now, however, and with great sadness, I must next month step aside. This is because I have been appointed to be the new Chair at Natural England, and in that new role must be independent of the many groups that have interests in the work of that important public body.
The Wildlife Trusts movement contributes so much to the conservation cause, especially through our highly devolved structure, which brings an authenticity and grounded-ness to its work that is without parallel. At that devolved level, we manage nature reserves, we raise awareness, we mobilize voices and influence planning decisions. We collect data and we speak to the media, locally and nationally. We influence policy and inspire through ideas, leadership, art and the passion of our people.