New boss for conservation charity

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New chief executive will take up his post in June

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10th March 2017 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

The John Muir Trust has a new chief executive.

Andrew Bachell, described by the charity as “one of Scotland's most senior and respected nature conservationists” takes over from Stuart Brooks, who left after eight years at the helm to take up a senior role at the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

For the past 15 years, Bachell has been director of operations and latterly director of policy and advice at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

While at SNH, Bachell advised the Scottish Government on access, ecosystems and biodiversity, rural resources, planning and renewables.

In total he has 35 years of experience working on environmental and conservation issues having previously worked for NTS as its director of countryside, and at the Woodland Trust as its director in Scotland.

Originally from Hampshire and a graduate of Edinburgh University, he is also currently a member of the Chief Scientists Group made up from the United Kingdom’s four nature agencies and has a strong grasp of land management, conservation and environmental issues in all the locations that the trust currently operates.

He said: “I’m looking forward to building on the excellent work that’s been done at the trust. Across the years I have witnessed an organisation that is bold and relevant.

"It’s exciting to now join and lead its work to advance the cases for why wild places matter for people and nature.

"The link between nature and our own well-being has never been more important or more under pressure.” 

Andrew Bachell

Andrew Bachell

Peter Pearson, chair of the JMT, said: “Andrew’s wealth of senior management experience coupled with his in-depth knowledge and understanding of the conservation of landscapes and nature makes him the ideal person to lead the trust.

“We are delighted to have appointed him and look forward to benefiting from his know-how and leadership.”

Pearson also thanked Stuart Brooks for his successful years as chief executive: "Stuart's expertise, professionalism and strategic approach has helped the John Muir Trust make huge strides forward over these past eight years. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Bachell will take up his role on 15 June after a trip to northern Norway. Fiona Kindness, director of resources, is acting chief executive in the interim.