Tuesday 29th January 2019 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Georgia Stokes, following Simon Nash’s decision to leave the Trust after 15 years of dedicated service. Georgia will join Somerset Wildlife Trust on the 8 April 2019 from the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, where she has been Chief Executive Officer for the past four years. She is currently also Chair of the Birmingham and Black Country Local Nature Partnership and Chair of the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area partnership of 50 organisations.
Georgia Stokes has 10 years’ experience of leading charities and, prior moving into the Wildlife Trust movement, was Managing Director of Northfield Ecocentre in Birmingham – a community-based charity focused on finding practical solutions to climate change – which has since been rebranded as ecobirmingham. She began her career working as a fundraiser and has also been a campaigner at Oxfam.
Graeme Mitchell, Chair of Somerset Wildlife Trust, comments, “Georgia is highly regarded within the Wildlife Trust movement and we are delighted that she will bring her energy and vision to ensure that Somerset continues to support a thriving, strong countryside, and towns that deliver a wide range of benefits for both Somerset’s people and wildlife. Georgia grew up in Somerset and, I know, is very much looking forward to returning to the county to lead the Trust at such a crucial time for the conservation sector as a whole, and when our county’s wildlife and the natural environment need us the most.
“Under Simon’s leadership, Somerset Wildlife Trust has become recognised as a strong conservation organisation standing up for our county’s wildlife. Few people have been or will be so influential and popular within the conservation community than Simon. We thank him for what he has done and wish him well in his pastures new.”
Georgia Stokes added, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to move back to Somerset to lead the Wildlife Trust. The county's amazing landscapes inspired in me a lifelong love of nature and a strong desire to protect it. It is a real privilege to be able to work with and lead Somerset Wildlife Trust, which under Simon's leadership, has achieved fantastic improvements to Somerset's nature reserves and habitats, and provided great enjoyment and benefit to the people who live and work in the county. I am looking forward to getting to know the county again and to working with the staff, volunteers and partners to continue creating thriving wild spaces for people and for wildlife."
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Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years and, with over 19,000 members, is the largest conservation charity in the county. Alongside our members and volunteers we work year round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes and put nature back into people’s lives.
Our reserves holding of over 1,700 hectares incorporates a diverse range of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, and provide secure environments for a diverse range of wildlife such as Dormice, Otters, Hedgehogs, Barn Owls and many other species - as well as providing safe havens for some of Somerset’s most iconic species such as Bittern and Large Blue butterfly.
The majority of our work is made possible through the support of our members and people who live and work in the county who choose to make donations, fundraise for us or leave generous legacies. By working together with our members and supporters we really can make a difference.