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Paul WaltonPaul Walton

Paul is passionate about the management of protected landscapes, reflected in a 25 year career in countryside conservation and landscape management. His current role is Head of Environment and Rural Economy at the New Forest National Park. Prior to the New Forest his roles have included General Manager with the National Trust (Mid & SE Cornwall), the first Manager of the Cornwall AONB Partnership and an Area Manager with the Sussex Downs Conservation Board (forerunner to the South Downs National Park Authority). Alongside this work experience he completed an MA in Town and Country Planning.

Through these roles he has gained considerable knowledge and experience of the role of the public sector in protected landscape management, the leadership, advocacy and diplomacy skills needed to develop partnerships and secure resources for projects and the strategic planning required to develop the long term commitment of partners and supporters.

Paul was appointed to the Board in 2016.