Kerry Shephard press release

Published Saturday 15 October 2005

New Forest National Park Authority Member Kerry Shephard has announced that he is resigning from the Authority in December, as he and his family move to live in New Zealand.

Kerry is to take up the post of Professor and Director of the Higher Education Development Centre at the University of Otago, in Dunedin.

Says Chair of the New Forest National Park Authority Ted Johnson; 'As a senior academic Kerry brought an intellectual rigour and fresh approach to all the issues we have faced. We shall miss his input to our thinking and debates but wish him and his family well in this next exciting phase of their lives."

Kerry was appointed to the Authority by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 1 April 2005. Says Kerry; 'My wife, Sally, is a New Zealander and we have always intended to spend at least part of our lives in New Zealand. This provides an ideal opportunity - I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Dunedin in 1979/80 and Sally and I met there and we know the place well. Although I am happy to be going to Dunedin, I am desperately sad to leave the New Forest, and to have to leave the National Park Authority so soon after its creation. I am sure that the New Forest National Park will become a shining example to other national parks around the world and I look forward to reading about its successes in the future!'

A successor to Kerry will be announced in due course, although he intends to continue his role as a member until the end of the year.

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