Conservation charity reveals next chief executive

Sarah Fowler will join the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in March

Sarah Fowler (Photograph: Tom Marshall/Peak District National Park)

The wetland conservation charity the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust has appointed Sarah Fowler as its next chief executive. 

Fowler, who has spent the past seven years as chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, will succeed Martin Spray, who retired in April 2020 after 16 years in the role. 

Fowler previously spent 10 years in a variety of roles at the Environment Agency and before that led the sustainable development charity Peterborough Environment City Trust. 

She said: “I have always been drawn to the water and wetland environment throughout my career and have seen the amazing things healthy wetlands can achieve for people and nature. 

“I plan to bring my track record and personal drive to help protect, enhance and extend the vibrancy of blue spaces, both nationally and internationally. In doing so, we can create opportunities for people and communities to connect, enjoy, value and make space for water and wetlands and the immense diversity of wildlife they sustain.”

Barnaby Briggs, chair of the WWT, said: “It is vital that the value of wetlands, for the natural world and the communities that rely on them, is better understood. I am sure that Sarah’s leadership will help us to drive the measures that are urgently needed to deliver positive change.”

Fowler will take up her new role in March. Kevin Peberdy, chief operating officer at the WWT, will continue to act as interim chief executive until then. 

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