Friends of the Earth CEO appointed as head of Wildlife Trusts

Craig Bennett, the head of campaign group Friends of the Earth, is set to take on a new role as chief executive of the Wildlife Trusts next year.

An outspoken critic of the government’s policies on fracking, Brexit and halting biodiversity loss, Bennett will join the Wildlife Trusts in April 2020. He succeeds Stephanie Hilborne, who had led the green umbrella group for over 15 years until stepping down this summer to join Women in Sport. 

Bennett said that in his new role he hopes to build on the growing awareness of “the need to reverse nature’s decline and restore broken ecosystems both for their intrinsic value, but also to help fix the climate, protect our soils, prevent flooding, and improve people’s physical and mental health”.

Peta Foxall, chair of the Wildlife Trusts, said she was confident that the group would “continue in their ground-breaking landscape restoration work” under Bennett. 

“The Wildlife Trusts are spearheading natural climate solutions, peatland restoration, species recovery, solutions to farmland wildlife decline and marine protection – and Craig’s leadership will be invaluable as we strive for a wilder future at this critical time,” she added.