New Chairman for Eden Rivers Trust
Penrith based charity Eden Rivers Trust (ERT) has a new Chairman with a background in flood defence to provide additional expertise in its programme of conservation work.
Glyn Vaughan is a civil engineer who has recently retired from the Environment Agency where he was the Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager, covering Cumbria and Lancashire. He spent his career reducing flood risk for people and properties. The floods in Cumbria of 2005 and 2009 brought particular challenges and Glyn worked closely with the affected communities and other organisations to help reduce the flood risk.
Glyn moved from Merseyside to Cumbria in 1978 in order to be closer to the fells, lakes, and rivers which allowed him to fully realise his passion for the outdoors. He lives near Carlisle and is married with two grown up children.
“I hope to bring my 34 years of experience in working with rivers to the Trust, especially my long held interest in conservation and pursuing solutions to flood risk that involves working with nature rather than against. The Eden Rivers Trust embodies all that I believe in regarding conservation, innovative land management and working closely with the local communities. I therefore look forward to the opportunity to work with others in the Trust to ‘make a difference’ in the Eden catchment.”
He follows the three highly successful years of chairmanship of local farmer Robert Warburton, who remains a trustee. Robert lives and farms at Colby, near Appleby. He is an organic dairy farmer in a family partnership with a keen interest in conservation issues, and previously Chairman of Cumbria Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.
Simon Johnson, Director of ERT said:
“I am delighted to welcome Glyn to the role of Chairman of Eden Rivers Trust. I feel his knowledge and experience will be of great value to our future work. It is vital that we understand the needs and drivers of the total river environment, which includes people, and react accordingly to ensure we maximise opportunities to improve the quality of this beautiful river valley for communities, wildlife and economy. I would also like to take the opportunity on behalf of the board of ERT to publically thank retiring chairman Robert Warburton for what has proved to be a highly successful three years at the helm.”
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