New Forest National Park team takes shape

Published Thursday 3 November 2005

Three directors have been appointed by the New Forest National Park Authority to help shape the future of the new national park.

Following a busy period of recruitment activity, chief executive Lindsay Cornish is delighted to announce these key appointments. She says: "The new National Park Authority team is gearing up, ready to take on our full statutory powers next April. Our new directors will bring a wealth of countryside and visitor management experience to the Park team, in particular in taking forward the two main national park purposes of conservation and enhancement, as well as promoting understanding and enjoyment."

Steve Trotter has been appointed Director of Conservation and Enhancement. Steve has worked in countryside conservation for more than 20 years and joins the Authority from the National Trust, where he currently manages their activities across 34,000 acres of the High Peak and Longshaw Estates in the Peak District. This is an area or moorland, woodland and hill farms, including places like Kinder Scout and Bleaklow, with high nature conservation, historic and archaeological interest. The estates are extremely popular with the visiting public and much of Steve's activities to date have involved working to achieve sustainable and integrated solutions for conservation and a wide range of land-use issues, in partnership with the full range of national park stakeholders. He says: "The New Forest is a very special and precious place and I'm looking forward to working closely with all our partners in the National Park to help keep it that way for the benefit of both present and future generations."

Jeff Haynes has been appointed Director of Understanding and Enjoyment from a similar role at Dartmoor, where he claims to have invented the title. He says: "It always raises a laugh when I introduce myself at meetings, but the title accurately describes my responsibility for the second national park purpose - promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public." Jeff has spent the last 26 years working for National Parks, first on Exmoor and since 1991 on Dartmoor, working on most aspects of Authority work, from archaeology and wildlife conservation to education, access and sustainable tourism, as well as preparing several national Park Management Plans along the way. He says that moving to the New Forest will be almost like 'coming home': "I studied Geography at Southampton in the 1970s since when my career has taken me from one former hunting forest to another."

Alison Parker has been selected through open competition as Director of Corporate Services, having been Interim Director of Resources at the Authority in Lyndhurst since the spring. Having previously worked in government for most of her career, first for the Department of Environment, then at Transport and the Intervention Board, Alison was the Government Office's first Rural Director for the South East.

Head of Communications Martin O'Neill will join the Authority at the end of the year from a similar post at the Samaritans. Previously Marketing and Communications Manager for the National Trust in the south east, he has also worked for West Sussex County Council and as a journalist on local newspapers in Nottingham.

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