The Society welcomes the appointment of Tony Juniper as the new Chair of Natural England
13 March 2019
Posted by: Sarah Ridgeon
Tony Juniper CBE HonFSE CEnv has been appointed as the new Chair of Natural England. Tony is also a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and former advisor to the Prince of Wales. In taking up this role, Tony stands down from his positions as Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK and President of Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. He was also previously 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.
The Society welcomes his appointment as reflection of Tony's huge environmental competence - his wealth of experience, responsibilities, and expertise, demonstrated by his Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration.
Reacting to his appointment, Tony 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."
Tony will take up the role on the 23 April.
You can read the full announcement here