I am very pleased to have been appointed by the SoS for Environment as a member of the South Downs National Park Authority. Having grown up in Brighton, I have always had a close affinity with the South Downs. I recall with great affection the childhood excitement of riding to the Devil’s Dyke on an open top bus, field trips from Lewes Tech to discover the history and geography of the Downs and the Weald, and happy Sundays selling ice cream during cricket matches on Henfield Common. Now I have the opportunity to put something back and to contribute my professional skills and experience to the future of this iconic landscape and the pressures and challenges it faces.
I am also very pleased to have been re-elected for a second term as the Landscape Institute’s Vice President from July 2015 to June 2017. Big thanks to those who voted for me. I am looking forward to continued working with Noel Farrer as President, and Merrick Denton-Thompson as President Elect, as well as many others, on developing the Institute’s profile and influence. I think we have the energy, enthusiasm and opportunity to reach key audiences and mainstream landscape onto political and other decision-making agendas. We’ll be judged by results. Onwards and upwards?