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Marian Spain announced as new CEO of Plantlife

Peter Ainsworth, Chairman of Plantlife, is delighted to announce that the trustees have appointed Marian Spain as the new Chief Executive of Plantlife.

November 26 2013

Marian Spain

Marian Spain

Marian comes with a strong track record of leading high profile programmes, developing evidence-based policy and working in partnership with others.

Former roles include Senior Director of Policy and Communications at Ofwat, Director of Strategy for the Energy Saving Trust and Head of Strategic Development at the Environment Agency. Marian worked for the Countryside Agency for 15 years in various roles, including developing agri-environment schemes and managing AONBs and National Parks. She comes to Plantlife from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - a charity working to improve the mental health of young people - where she is Chief Executive.

Marian has a long-standing interest in plants with botany forming a large component of her original Environmental Biology degree (Liverpool) and has existing links with the New Forest as she is a Secretary of State-appointed member of the New Forest National Park Authority.

“I am thrilled to be joining Plantlife. Plants, especially wildflowers, have been a lifelong passion for me and I am particularly looking forward to working with people who are experts in their conservation and to being able to help others appreciate and enjoy them, and play a role in their future”.

Peter Ainsworth adds ‘I am absolutely delighted that Marian Spain has accepted the position of CEO of Plantlife. She brings with her an exceptional track record of real achievement and a deep understanding of the issues and challenges that those of us who care about the environment face.’

Marian will be joining Plantlife in mid-February 2014.

For more information, please contact Justina in the Plantlife Press Office by email or on 07584 995 929