New leader vows to protect environment in South Downs

NEW ROLE  Trevor Beattie
NEW ROLE Trevor Beattie

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A MAN who grew up in rural West Sussex will take the helm of a new authority to preserve the South Downs.

Trevor Beattie has been appointed as the new chief executive of the South Downs National Park Authority, which has its headquarters in Midhurst.

He started his career in the government’s Department of Environment and moved on to a senior role at the Homes and Communities Agency.

He said: ‘I am very pleased to be taking on this important role.

‘I was brought up in rural West Sussex and have lived close to the South Downs for most of my life.

‘The environment and heritage of the South Downs are uniquely precious, and it is a great privilege now to serve as chief executive of this new National Park Authority.’

Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: ‘Trevor brings an in depth knowledge of community enterprise and environmental policy and a wealth of management expertise. He is the right person to help our new National Park Authority, still in its first operational year, to move into the next phase of its life. I know he will make a great success of this challenging role.’