Green Alliance Appoints New Executive Director

Think tank, Green Alliance, has announced the appointment of new executive director, Shaun Spiers.

Shaun will join Green Alliance on 5 June 2017.  He is a highly accomplished chief executive, having led the Campaign to Protect Rural England since 2004, and is widely respected amongst the sector and beyond.

At CPRE, he developed a progressive vision for the countryside which won the support of the organisation’s broad church of members and branches, other stakeholders and of government. This week’s Housing White Paper bore the marks of CPRE’s ideas over several years of research and advocacy.

“But it also carries with it great risks. Green Alliance’s work with other green and civil society groups and progressive businesses will be essential to building a vision of the sort of country we want to be, and ensuring the best possible environmental outcomes.”

Shaun joins Green Alliance at a crucial moment for the future of the UK environment. He brings vision, strong leadership, as well as excellent political skills and judgement.  He has a wealth of experience in building effective coalitions, and achieving political change.

Alongside its influential policy work on energy, resources and the natural environment, Green Alliance is co-ordinating the Greener UK coalition, launched in December 2016.

This collaboration between 13 of the UK’s major environmental organisations is pressing for the UK’s environmental protections and climate leadership to be strengthened as we leave the EU.

Shaun Spiers commented: “I am delighted to take up this post at such a pivotal time for the British environment. Brexit is a once in a generation chance to strengthen environmental protection, improve countryside quality, and set a path to a low carbon and resource efficient future.

“But it also carries with it great risks. Green Alliance’s work with other green and civil society groups and progressive businesses will be essential to building a vision of the sort of country we want to be, and ensuring the best possible environmental outcomes.”

Green Alliance’s chair, Dame Fiona Reynolds, commented: “We are delighted that someone with Shaun’s experience, skills and insight will be leading Green Alliance at this crucial time for environmental policy.”

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