Lantra appoints new trustees

Lantra has appointed three new trustees to its board: Richard Clarke, Geoff Mackey and Geraldine Newton-Cross.

L-R Lantra CEO Marcus Potter, chair Valerie Owen, Geraldine Newton-Cross and Geoff Mackey. Image: Supplied
L-R Lantra CEO Marcus Potter, chair Valerie Owen, Geraldine Newton-Cross and Geoff Mackey. Image: Supplied

They will work closely with the existing trustees to support Lantra in its mission to raise skills, improve career opportunities and boost the land-based and environmental industries.

Richard Clarke is commercial director of Orchard Groundcare in Somerset and is the current chairman of Bristol Zoo's board of trustees. He is also the former chairman of the House Builders Federation.

Geraldine Newton-Cross has an academic background in biology, geography, ecology and the environment, and has worked at the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the Environment Agency and currently the Energy Technologies Institute. She sits on several Government advisory groups related to bioenergy and waste.

Dr Geoff Mackey works as an executive director at BASF, with a portfolio including sustainability, communications and external affairs for Europe. He also advises strategic and tactical groups inside and outside the business in sectors including science, environment and further education.

Marcus Potter, CEO of Lantra, commented: "I look forward to working with Richard, Geoff and Geraldine on the Board. Our trustees play a vital role; their diversity in terms of background, experience and knowledge is invaluable in helping Lantra to deliver our charitable objectives across the breadth of the land-based sector".

Leaving the Lantra Board after seven years is Campbell Tweed, who has worked extensively with industry and government bodies in Northern Ireland to influence and advise on skills and skills development; particularly agriculture and agri-food. Campbell will be succeeded by Ian Marshall, a long standing member of Ulster Farmers' Union.

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