National land management charity the Land Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Trustees to the Board.

With a variety of backgrounds in investment, sustainability and property, Patrick Aylmer; Janet Haddock-Fraser and Anthony Bickmore will join the Board in June 2017.

Janet has had an academic career and brings experience in university management, biodiversity and the environment. She is currently Professor of Sustainability and Leadership at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Patrick is a Chartered Accountant, with 20 years' experience of investment banking and mergers and acquisitions. He currently runs the property finance business of Fox Investments and was previously Investment Director of a FTSE-100 company.  Patrick is also a Council Member of the National Army Museum and a Trustee of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Anthony is a Chartered Surveyor. He was Director of Urban Estates for The Crown Estate and then Head of Property for Transport for London. He is currently working in the in the Cabinet Office, as Commercial Director in the Shadow Government Property Agency.

Peter Smith, Chairman of the Land Trust, added:We are delighted to welcome Patrick, Janet and Anthony to the Land Trust and are sure that with their wealth of experience and expertise, they will help the charity as we continue to grow our portfolio of public open spaces sustainably managed for the benefit of communities across the country.”

The Trustee appointments will support the continued growth of the Land Trust, which recently acquired 130 hectares of land from retailer Morrisons which will extend our Canvey Wick Nature Reserve in Essex. The charity is also increasingly working with developers to provide a sustainable long-term management of green space around residential developments and creating “Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace” (SANG) as part of the Thames Basin Heath SPA.

The Land Trust’s long term vision is to improve the quality of people’s lives by creating, improving and maintaining sustainable, high quality green spaces that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits.

Throughout 2017 and beyond, the Land Trust will continue to seek to acquire more land across England, Scotland and Wales to manage via its sustainably-focused long term model, as it continues its work to ensure more and more people have access to green spaces, providing numerous benefits to communities – including better health, education and general wellbeing.

The Land Trust was established in 2004 by the Homes and Communities Agency (formerly English Partnerships) to own and manage land in perpetuity for public benefit, becoming an independent charity in 2010.

Among the more than 60 sites it currently manages are the iconic Northumberlandia, also known as The Lady of the North, along with Greenwich Ecology Park; Canvey Wick Nature Reserve in Essex and Rabbit Ings Country Park in Yorkshire.

About The Land Trust: An independent national charity with influential partners, members and trustees. We manage open spaces on behalf of and in partnership with local communities. We are leading the charge for cost effective solutions to deliver high quality and sustainably maintained open space which preserves the character, value and benefits of our open spaces.

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