National land management charity the Land Trust, based in Warrington, has hired Iain Taylor as director of business development.
Taylor spent eight years as partnerships director for the Peel Group, concerntrating on the Atlantic Gateway initiative of proijects along the Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal. He helped establish the Atlantic Gateway Sustainable Environment Group, focused on the parkland element of the development programme, of which the Land Trust is a member.
Prior to working for Peel, Taylor was research and development director of the Mersey Basin Campaign.
He also worked as development manager for the Clean Air Council in Philadelphia, America.
Reflecting on his appointment, Iain said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Land Trust at this exciting time and I look forward to working with the team to deliver the Land Trust’s bold and ambitious plans and projects.”
Euan Hall, chief executive of the Land Trust, added: “We are delighted to welcome Iain to the Land Trust and sure that with his wealth of experience and expertise, he will help us to new heights as we continue to grow our portfolio of public open spaces sustainably managed for the benefit of communities across the country.
“That we have attracted someone of Iain’s stature really is testament to the Land Trust’s growing reputation.”
Land Trust last year unveiled created community spaces at Wirral’s Port Sunlight River Park, the Countess of Chester Country Park, Chester, and Canvey Wick Nature Reserve in Essex.
This year the Land Trust’s acquisitions will include more than 100 hectares of new open green space on former MOD land in Aldershot. Working in collaboration with the developer Grainger, the Land Trust is helping it to deliver 3,850 new homes on former MOD land at Aldershot by providing a sustainable long-term future for the Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space as part of the Thames Basin Heath SPA.
The Land Trust’s long term vision is to improve the quality of people’s lives by creating, improving and maintaining sustainable, high quality green spaces that deliver environmental, social and economic benefits.
Throughout 2015 and beyond, the Land Trust will continue to seek to acquire more land across England, Scotland and Wales to manage via its sustainably-focused long term model, as it continues its work to ensure more and more people have access to green spaces, providing numerous benefits to communities – including better health, education and general wellbeing.
The Land Trust was established in 2004 by the Homes & Communities Agency, formerly English Partnerships, to own and manage land in perpetuity for public benefit, becoming an independent charity in 2010.
Among the more than 50 sites it currently manages are the iconic Northumberlandia, also known as the Lady of the North, along with Greenwich Ecology Park, Osprey Quay in Dorset and Rabbit Ings Country Park in Yorkshire.