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Please see below a press release issued on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership (LNP) has strengthened its Board with the appointment of four new members with expertise in land management, water management and environmental service delivery.

The voluntary appointments, which were made following a recruitment process and take effect immediately, will see Nick Lawrence, South West Assistant Regional Director, National Trust; Simon Leather, Senior Agent, Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall; Dr Laurence Couldrick, Development & Policy Director for the Westcountry Rivers Trust and Joyce Duffin, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment, join the LNP Board, bringing the total membership to 13.

Announcing the appointments Co-Chair Matthew Thomson said “ It was always the plan for the LNP to recruit new Board members once it was established where further expertise were needed, and the appointments we have made will strengthen our knowledge across the Board.

Co-Chair Professor Kevin Gaston added: “I am delighted that we have attracted such a diverse range of expertise especially with relation to land use and management. All four are wholly committed to serving the interests of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as we face the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Having been with the National Trust for nearly 30 years operating in Cornwall and the South West, Nick Laurence is looking to embed a sustainable future in the work he does with the Trust as well as Cornwall as a whole. With a personal passion and commitment to maintaining Cornwall’s special character, landscape and environment, Nick has a track record of making things happen, having set up a large number of major projects across Cornwall working with key statutory agencies.

‘I am pleased to be offered this role” he said. “The progress Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly plans to make will be impossible without broad stakeholder involvement and I am looking forward to bringing my expertise to an already passionate group’.

With extensive experience in estate management Simon Leather has expert knowledge in farming, environmental and biodiversity objectives as well as property and commercial business activities. Simon will bring to the Board skills in strategic planning, environmental strategies and as well as valuing robust decision-making, a strong stakeholder focus, local awareness, and a desire to achieve the best possible results in all situations.

‘I am really glad to be offered this role” said Simon. “I look forward to bringing my experience in evolving the local environment in conjunction with the agricultural businesses and rural economy as well as working with partners to achieve the aims of the LNP’.

Laurence Couldrick has managed the catchment-based projects at the Westcountry Rivers Trust for the past 5 years, including the development of the Trust’s Payments for Ecosystem Services projects. His specialisms include modelling ecosystem services and environmental surveying and he has extensive experience monitoring freshwater habitats, lecturing on riparian and water resource management as well as carrying out catchment research with several research institutes.

‘I am delighted to be given this opportunity to join the Board of the LNP” said Dr Couldrick. “We have a lot of people in a relatively small space so need to get smarter about how we use land and our catchments – we can no longer work in silos thinking it’s someone else’s problems’.

Joyce Duffin’s appointment follows the recent changes to the Council’s Cabinet which resulted in the work of the LNP being covered by two portfolios. As a result she joins Edwina Hannaford,the Cabinet Member for Planning, as the Council’s representatives on the Board. ‘I’m delighted to have been offered this position” said Joyce. “Cornwall Council has a great deal of responsibility for the environment of Cornwall and I look forward to helping to shape its future’.

Story posted 5 February 2015