THE RSPB has announced that its new chief executive will be Beccy Speight, currently chief executive at the Woodland Trust. She succeeds Dr Mike Clarke. 

As the RSPB’s chief executive, Beccy will provide the clear vision to drive the development and implementation of a strategy that will successfully deliver the RSPB’s charitable objectives and maximise its mission to save nature. Beccy will also be responsible for the operation and management of more than 200 RSPB nature reserves across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which are visited by around 2.5 million people each year.

Beccy said: “I am really excited about joining the RSPB. The fight to save nature has never been more important and the RSPB is uniquely positioned to make a difference. This is an interesting and challenging time for the charity and I’m looking forward to getting started in my role.” 

RSPB chairman, Kevin Cox, added: “We are at a key point in history for nature conservation in the UK, when the natural world is coming under increasing threat. At this crucial time of change, the RSPB must evolve to respond to these threats, ensuring that we’re in the best possible shape to make a difference for nature. 

“The organisation has undergone a period of significant change over the past year and Beccy’s outstanding track record, personal qualities and commitment to the cause of nature conservation will ensure the charity continues to move forward with confidence.”