In the same week that the Lake District was awarded World Heritage Site status, we were delighted to appoint a new director of Nurture Lakeland, Sarah Swindley.
This marks an exciting time for Nurture Lakeland. We recently submitted an application to the Charity Commission to set up the Lake District Foundation, which will build on the work of Nurture Lakeland and will secure our place as one of the leading charities raising funds for the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment and cultural heritage of the Lake District.
Sarah says, “I am so excited to be taking on this new role at such an important time in the history of the Lake District. The Lake District National Park Partnership and the Trustees of Nurture Lakeland have big plans for the future and my first job will be to oversee the launch of the Lake District Foundation, a new charity that will build on the legacy of Nurture Lakeland and help deliver this shared vision. To be able to take both the skills I have acquired over many years as a charity leader and my love of the natural world into this role is the opportunity of a lifetime”.
Sarah comes to Nurture Lakeland from her previous role as CEO of Lancashire Women’s Centres where since 2011 she has successfully developed the size, turnover and impact of the charity. She has managed the organisation through a period of constant change and has won awards for designing and delivering innovative projects.
Gill Houston, chair of Nurture Lakeland board of trustees says, “We are delighted that Sarah is joining Nurture Lakeland. There are ever increasing numbers of visitors coming to the Lake District which gives us both a greater opportunity and a greater need to inspire visitors to help protect the natural environment. Sarah will be instrumental in enabling us to deliver our strategy to do this”.
Sarah is due to take up her new position in September 2017.