Chief Executive Appointed for New Forest National Park Authority

Published Tuesday 31 May 2005

The New Forest National Park Authority has been recruiting a permanent Chief Executive to take the Authority forward into the future.

A decision has now been made and Lindsay Cornish has accepted the post, taking up the reins from Susan Carter, the interim Chief Executive, on 11 July.

Lindsay Cornish joins the Authority after a long and distinguished Civil Service career, first in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and then in Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Lindsay has worked mainly on countryside issues, including the Environment and Rural White Papers and introducing the England Rural Development Programme. She is currently head of Defra's Waste Strategy division.

Says Lindsay of her new career path; 'I am honoured and delighted to be joining the New Forest National Park Authority at such an exciting time. I will be building on the excellent work already started by the existing team and the 22 Members. Together with them and key partners in the New Forest, I look forward to championing the National Park, working on the Authority's vision, objectives and strategy.and building the full team. '

Ted Johnson, Chair of the Authority is pleased with the appointment; 'We are very lucky to have such an experienced practitioner joining us to guide and advise us. I congratulate Lindsay and she will have my full support.'

The New Forest National Park Authority came into being on 1 April with a 'transitional' period until it is fully operational on 1 April 2006. It is taking forward the two purposes for which the New Forest was designated as a National Park: conserving and enhancing its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage and promoting opportunities for the public to understand and enjoy the area's special qualities.

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