Monday, 19 January 2015

FoE staff Leaving

Andy Atkins
Andy Atkins, Chief Executive Officer of Friends of the Earth, has announced that he will be stepping down from his role in the summer of 2015.

Andy Atkins celebrating after surviving the mud caused by 4x4 vehicles at Smithy Wood 
Andy has led Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland since July 2008. During his time at Friends of the Earth he has renewed the organisation’s vision and mission; refreshed its research and policy making; expanded collaboration with other organisations; and provided the strategic direction that has led to many notable campaign successes.

Successes include the recent introduction of a National Pollinator Strategy to help save our declining bee species and achieving commitments from global companies to find a fairer way to mine the tin used in mobile phones.

Also, under his leadership in 2012, the organisation brought certainty to the solar industry following a successful legal challenge to Government plans to cut the feed-in-tariff.   He leaves the organisation with a number of strong coalitions with other NGOs on both action for the climate and restoring our natural world.

Andy Atkins, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, said:

"I've loved leading Friends of the Earth. But, after seven years, it’s the right time for me to move on to a new challenge and for someone else to lead the organisation into the next phase of its strategy under the new government.

I'm proud of what Friends of the Earth – staff, volunteers, local groups and supporters - have achieved under my leadership. We've had some major campaign wins, from getting the Government to create an action plan to save the bee, to helping ensure the UK continues to remain frack-free. And, our Big Ideas project is providing answers to some of the thorniest environmental questions.

I'm very pleased to leave Friends of the Earth in good working order for the years to come, with a strong vision and mission and new important campaigns in the pipeline -  I've no doubt it will continue to push for the change needed to create a healthier world for all of us.

Friends of the Earth will begin recruitment for the role shortly.

Jane Thomas
Jane Thomas is leaving soon. She has been at Friends of the Earth England for some time now and we propose to send her a card to thank her for all her support. As she is also living in Sheffield it would also be nice to extend an offer for her to join us if she has any free time.