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Board Chairperson sought for Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looking to appoint a new chairperson. This high profile role needs to provide leadership and strategic direction for the Surrey Hills AONB nationally, regionally and locally.

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An enthusiastic individual is sought to chair the AONB Board who has outstanding leadership qualities and a passion for the Surrey Hills landscape. The requirement is estimated to be about 2 days per month including chairing four Board meetings a year. This is an unpaid position although reasonable expenses will be paid.

The Surrey Hills AONB stretches across rural Surrey, covering a quarter of the county and is equivalent in landscape status to a National Park. Although the primary purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, this also needs to be balanced with a need to enhance the public’s enjoyment of the area, and the social and economic well being of its land managers and communities.

The Surrey Hills AONB Board is a Joint Committee that leads on the preparation, monitoring and review of the AONB Management Plan on behalf of its constituent bodies and other partner organisations. The AONB Board also plays a leading role in working with its partners in developing an image and sense of identity for the Surrey Hills AONB, and developing and supporting initiatives that implement the AONB Management Plan policies.

The work of the AONB Board is achieved through the Surrey Hills AONB Unit taking forward a range of initiatives by promoting the special character of the Surrey Hills, establishing partnerships, securing funding, ensuring implementation and monitoring effectiveness.

The deadline for applications closes on Friday 30 August. Please contact AONB Director, Rob Fairbanks for an informal discussion on the role or email rob.fairbanks@surreyhills.org or 01372 220650.