Tony Juniper appointed as Natural England chair
Following Environment Secretary Michael Gove's nomination last month that Tony Juniper CBE should be appointed as Chair of Natural England, it was yesterday [12 March] confirmed that he had been awarded the role.
Mr 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."
Mr Gove added: "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.
"Natural England has a key part to play in the government's 25 year plan for the environment and ensuring we can protect nature for future generations.
"That is why 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."