On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome Ian Dunn as Plantlife’s new Chief Executive starting on 17 February.
Having trained originally as an environmental scientist, Ian is passionate about nature conservation. He is a board member of UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Scottish Association for Marine Science, and is a previous Trustee of the Jane Goodall Institute. He has followed Plantlife’s progress over the years and now joins us from the University of Southampton where he was the Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he was the Director of Corporate Services for the British Antarctic Survey based in Cambridge, from where he joined the Galapagos Conservation Trust as CEO, turning around its finances and initiating new conservation, education, species and habitat protection projects in the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ian will lead Plantlife in fulfilling our ambitions in the context of shifting political, community and individual expectations, ensuring we play our part in the front line of conservation and habitat management, that we are powerful advocates for our flora both nationally and internationally, and that we continue to grow Plantlife’s support, strengthen our finances and be known as a great place to work. He will have a busy start, as we refresh our strategy for the five years starting 2021.
In the coming weeks and months, Ian hopes to meet as many of our current and future partners as possible and I am sure you will find him brilliant to work with.
I am thrilled to welcome Ian to steer the next phase of Plantlife’s development.
Dr David Hill