We've said goodbye to Keith Roberts, Director of Campaigns and Policy, this afternoon. After three years with the Ramblers he's moving on to new challenges. He's been a great colleague to work with through some very turbulent times - always calm and consistent, and with a lovely sense of humour. I shall miss him.
I'm not rushing to replace the post, because I think what we need at the moment is more on-the-ground campaigning firepower, to help us respond to the threats to rights of way and walking routes across the country from spending cuts. Anastasia French (who's been an administrator within the Campaigns team) will be on secondment as an additional campaigns officer from this coming Monday. Ade Morris (Head of Walking Environments) and Simon Barnett (Heading of Walking Programmes and Promotions) will both be taking part in my senior management team for the time being.
The good news today is that Natural England have announced the start of public consultation on the first stretch of coastal access from Lulworth to Portland in Dorset.