New CEO for South West Lakes Trust

In its 20th year, South West Lakes Trust has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, James Platts.

James joined the Trust at its inception and has worked in many sectors of the charity. Initially managing the Activity Centres, he soon moved onto developing and delivering our major capital projects. More recently, he has overseen the expansion of the Trust’s environmental work with South West Water, mainly in the areas of habitat improvement and biosecurity.

David Robertson, Chair of Trustees, said:

“After a rigorous recruitment process, which saw over 90 applicants from around the UK and overseas, it’s great that our charity’s commitment to developing its employees has shone through.”

James said:

“I am really looking forward to leading our charity and helping it contribute to the needs of the environment and society, whilst delivering spaces for our local communities to enjoy; I believe that engaging with the natural environment enables people to grow.”

Every year South West Lakes Trust welcomes thousands of visitors to its lakes, providing places for people to be active, engage with the outdoors and to create memories. It does this whilst caring for, and protecting unique habitats and wildlife.

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