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Dr Gemma Harper appointed as Chief Executive of JNCC

News Item 2021

We are pleased to announce that Dr Gemma Harper has been appointed as the permanent Chief Executive of JNCC. Gemma has been the interim Chief Executive of JNCC since April of this year.

Announcing the appointment Professor Colin Galbraith, Chairman of JNCC said:

"I am delighted that Gemma has been appointed as Chief Executive and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead. She brings a wealth of experience and real enthusiasm for JNCC’s work across the UK and internationally, at this key time for nature."

Speaking on taking up the post, Gemma said:

"It is my absolute pleasure and privilege to be appointed Chief Executive of an organisation that has been at the heart of nature conservation for 30 years.

"Since joining as interim CEO in April, I have been immensely impressed with the skills and expertise of JNCC’s staff and inspired by their dedication and professionalism. This, along with the diversity and vibrancy of our customers, partners and stakeholders, ensures this will be a hugely rewarding role.

"JNCC’s role in providing scientific evidence and advice couldn’t be more crucial as the world convenes in this Super Year for Nature to tackle the twin global crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead such an organisation at this critical time."

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