The Land Trust appoints Professor Janet Dugdale as new Chair of the Board of Trustees

14th December 2023

The Land Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Janet Dugdale as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees, taking over from William Hiscocks who served four years as Chair and a total of nine years on the Board of Trustees.

Professor Janet Dugdale has been a member of the Land Trust’s Board of Trustees for six years and brings with her a deep understanding of how the Trust operates along with a strong vision for its future, building on the hard work and dedication of her predecessor.

With a 25-year career in universities, previous trustee positions at the Campaign for Protection of Rural England and Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges, and an MSc and PhD in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong amongst other achievements, Janet brings substantial, varied experience and expertise to the Land Trust Board, which she joined in 2017.

In tandem with this appointment, Janet is also a Defra-appointed Member of the Peak District National Park Authority and also Chair of the Regional Advisory Group for the National Trust in the North of England.

Alongside this, Janet is personally passionate about the objectives of the Land Trust, namely around the environment, sustainability and climate change and social value creation – areas which the charity seeks to increase its impact and influence over the coming years.

Janet takes over following a very successful year at the Land Trust, which saw the charity deliver £34m in social value and take on six new sites, as well as publishing a five-year business plan which sets out a strong vision for the future, focused on delivering increased charitable outcomes.

Professor Janet Dugdale said: “The Land Trust is a unique organisation which does so much to deliver against its charitable aims, managing green spaces for the benefit of local communities and the environment. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last six years as a member of the Land Trust Board and look forward to taking up the role of Chair as both the ambitions of the Trust, along with the social value it delivers, continue to grow.”

Alan Carter, Chief Executive at the Land Trust said: “I am delighted Janet has accepted the position of Chair. Over the past six years, Janet’s contribution to the Trust has already been incredibly valuable and going forward I know there is so much more she will help us strive to achieve.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our former Chairman, William Hiscocks. During his nine years as a Trustee, four of which were spent as Chairman, William has provided invaluable guidance, insight and vision, steering the Land Trust through the turbulence of the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting the organisation’s overall ambitions to become one of the leading green space management organisations in the country.”


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