The Campaign for the Protection for Rural Wales (CPRW) has appointed Jon Parker as its new Chief Executive. Established in 1928, the charity has sought to protect the landscape and communities of rural Wales through its campaigns and partnerships, focusing on sustainable development and environmental protection.
Jon joins the organisation from a career working in the private and public sector, with experience of community-led local development in rural Wales, agri-food, fisheries and aquaculture. He will officially take up his post at the beginning of 2021.
Living just south of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Jon has worked on a number of Government programmes and projects supporting enterprise in rural Wales and has most recently been a member of the strategic board of Arsyllfa, an initiative reviewing innovation and ways of working that could re-invigorate the rural economy.
Commenting on his appointment Jon said, “I’m very much looking forward to working with the Chairman, National Executive Committee, staff and CPRW Branch members to protect the interests of Wales’s landscape and rural communities. We are in a time of great change and uncertainty in rural Wales and my objective is to ensure that CPRWs position is front and centre in influencing policy and decision making.”
Jonathan Colchester, CPRW Chairman responded: “We are delighted to have Jon on board with us leading in a new chapter in the development of the organisation.”
“We have recognised the challenges ahead of us and with the impacts of Brexit and COVID yet to be fully realised, CPRW’s National Executive Committee made the decision to strengthen the organisation with Jon’s recruitment. His experience of working with Welsh Government will be of great value as we continue to advocate policies aimed at securing a sustainable future for our precious landscapes. The Welsh countryside must thrive to survive.”
“With economic development driving change in rural Wales through Welsh Government’s Growth Deals and its National Development Plan - Future Wales 2040, Jon’s presence will help CPRW to ensure that the right balance is struck between economic progress and protecting the environmental, cultural and heritage assets of rural Wales.”
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