The Woodland Trust has announced the appointment of Dr Darren Moorcroft, currently director of estate and woodland outreach, as chief executive. He will take up the role on 1 October 2019.
Having worked in conservation for over 20 years, Darren's experience has already helped the Trust plant over 3 million trees in 2018 with schools, local communities and landowners. He has established the UK's most ambitious landscape programme - the Trust's Northern Forest Programme which will see 50 million trees planted along the M62 corridor, enabled the Trust to buy its first mountain at Ben Shieldaig, and spearheaded the UK's first Young People's Forest.
On his appointment Darren Moorcroft said: "It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to lead the Trust, particularly at a time when we face the climate and nature crises. Growing the impact of our work is more relevant than ever. We hold many of the solutions to engage people in the fight back against climate change and the loss of nature. With the passion and commitment of our staff and volunteers, I am certain that our future will be one of even greater benefit for woods, trees and people."
Barbara Young, Woodland Trust chair said: "Darren has shown passion, energy and focus since he joined us two years ago. The Board is confident he will make an effective leader and take the Woodland Trust strategy forward at this time of great challenge and opportunity for trees and woodland. We also want to thank Norman Starks, the interim CEO, and the executive team who have worked so well together to continue our momentum since Beccy left."