New Executive Director looks to launch pioneering partnerships
New Executive Director looks to launch pioneering partnerships
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New Executive Director looks to launch pioneering partnerships

Earthwatch’ s new Executive Director has taken up her post and is looking forward to building on our excellent reputation.


Sue Holden is based in Oxford and is responsible for our offices in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Brazil.


Sue was the CEO of The Woodland Trust from 2005 and the impact of her strong leadership and management skills was highly significant. The Trust successfully focused on greater external engagement, which led to an increase in the amount of woodland being protected, restored and created.


For the Jubilee Woods project in 2012/3 eight million trees were planted, 400 new woods created and over 40,000 schools and community groups planted trees to mark the special anniversary.


Sue said: “Earthwatch has an excellent reputation in the field of scientific research and rich experience in providing meaningful and lasting engagement for all of those who engage in its work.


“We have an excellent platform on which to build new, exciting and environmentally important partnerships. It is a significant challenge and one that I am looking forward to undertaking.”


Sue grew up enjoying the outdoors and started conservation volunteering as a teenager, a hobby which continued for over a decade. She read  geography at Cambridge and during her second year organised an expedition to South America and spent a summer studying remote villages in Northern Ecuador.


After Cambridge, Sue went to work with Shell International and Shell UK where she was a Business Consultant and Area Manager, North Wales.


After two years spent travelling the world and volunteering in a forest reserve in Uganda, Sue changed direction into the not for profit sector firstly as a Business Link Adviser before joining The National Trust in 1996.


Sue is passionate about the contribution that volunteers can make to the increase of reach and impact. The Woodland Trust has doubled its base of active supporters from 300,000 to 600,000, many of whom are also volunteers.


Sue believes that everyone needs to be inspired to take action to live sustainably and building understanding through good science and compelling evidence is critical to achieving this.

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