New chairman for wildlife conservation charity

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Mike Bax Mike Bax - new Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust

Mike Bax has become the next Chairman of Kent Wildlife Trust following his election by the Trustees earlier this month. He replaces Fidelity Weston who has stepped down from the role after eight years of active service.

Mike has a lifelong commitment to the county, its wildlife and rural landscape. As a partner of BTF Partnership, with offices in Challock, Canterbury and Hadlow, he leads a busy and widely recognised land and property agency practice dealing with all farming and agricultural matters.

He runs his own 240-acre farm and 120 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland in the Weald and has a long-standing association with the Trust as a member, active supporter and volunteer. One major volunteering contribution is his role as Honorary Warden of the Trust’s Stone Wood nature reserve - adjacent to his farm.

Mike comments: “I am delighted to have been chosen by the trustees and I look forward to working much more closely with an organization I admire and have been involved with for a number of years. Kent Wildlife Trust performs a fantastic role in not only protecting, but promoting the preservation of wildlife and habitats in the county. Wildlife and habitat protection and farming go hand in hand and many farmers and landowners play a key role in working with the Trust but I am keen to extend this with my connections in the agricultural sector.”

Kent Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive, John Bennett, said: “We warmly welcome Mike to his new role as Chairman. He brings to the office a huge amount of experience and expertise and we believe his influence will be a significant factor in moving the Trust forward.”

Mike has widespread involvement with rural and county affairs. Among many offices and activities, was his role as High Sheriff for 2012/13 – featuring the Trust as his charity of the year.

Mike is Chairman of Kent Rural PLC - an initiative aimed at demonstrating the importance to the county of an effective rural economy - and a member of the Kent Economic Board’s Business Advisory Board. He is also Chairman of the Crime Rural Action Group (of which the Trust is a member).

John Bennett added: “On behalf of everyone at the Trust, I would also like to extend grateful thanks to the outgoing chairman, Fidelity Weston, for her tireless work and the immeasurable impact she has had on making the Trust the strong and successful organisation it is today.”

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading conservation charity for Kent and Medway, managing five visitor centres and 60 nature reserves covering 7,500 acres. Founded in 1958, it is supported by 31,000 members and over 1,000 registered volunteers.

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