A NEW chairman for the New Forest Consultative Panel has been announced.
Clive Chatters was voted into the role after previous chairman Tim Greenwood stood down.
Mr Chatters has worked in and around the New Forest for the past 30 years and has been a member of the Consultative Panel since the late 1980s. He is head of policy and evidence at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and he was the chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority from 2006 to 2010.
Mr Greenwood held the position of chairman for eight years and was presented with a framed picture of a New Forest drift to thank him for all his hard work.
The New Forest Consultative Panel is an advisory forum comprising representatives from organisations with an interest in the New Forest National Park and neighbouring areas. It meets every two months to discuss topical issues and provide views to the National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and other statutory bodies.
The panel’s member organisations include all councils within the National Park, amenity, environmental and conservation organisations, sporting and recreational organisations, business and land management interests and statutory bodies.