With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & York www.allen-york.com


Craig Bennett will become Friends of the Earth’s new chief executive officer, replacing Andy Atkins, who steps down this summer. Bennett, who began his campaigning career as an endangered species campaigner at the Environmental Investigation Agency, has been the charity’s director of policy and campaigns since 2010. During his leadership of the campaigns department, the organisation achieved a number of notable successes, including ensuring the UK remains frack-free and securing a National Pollinator Strategy to reverse the decline of bees.

Bennett says: “I first started campaigning with Friends of the Earth local groups as a young teenager, so it’s an incredible honour to have now been appointed chief executive of this remarkable organisation.”
Before joining Friends of the Earth, Bennett was deputy director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. He was also director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change from 2007 to 2010.

Bennett is currently on sabbatical, undertaking a Policy Fellowship at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge and writing a book called Progress. He will start in his new role on 1 July.

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