A head and shoulders photo of Heather Acton taken with grass and trees in the background. Heather is smiling at the camera

New Chair of Trustees for the Heart of England Forest appointed

13 May 2024
The Heart of England Forest

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Heather Acton as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Heart of England Forest.

Heather’s appointment comes after Jon Snow, the charity’s previous Chair of nine years, stepped down last year to take up the role of Honorary President. 

"I am delighted to welcome the arrival of Heather as our next Chair who will no doubt steer the charity to more success and continue the immense contribution that the Heart of England Forest is having on our environment and local communities. It goes without saying that I am thrilled to continue my involvement with the charity as its first Honorary President and I stand ready to help in any way I can."

Heather brings considerable leadership experience to this role, namely in Local Government where she worked as a Westminster City Councillor between 2010-2022, as well as international experience, and a life-long interest in the environment and a love of trees.

During her time at Westminster, Heather was the Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, Public Protection and Licensing, and most recently Communities and Regeneration. In addition, she sat on the Climate Change board, organised the first Greener City Action Plan for Westminster, and renewed the Biodiversity Plan.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Board for the Heart of England Forest. It is such an ambitious charity which is helping to reverse centuries of woodland decline. Creating and conserving a huge broadleaf forest is helping to mitigate against the effects of climate change, boosting biodiversity, providing a haven for wildlife and accessible green spaces for people to enjoy and learn about the natural world and the necessity to protect it.

I look forward to learning more too, whilst helping to ensure this amazing charity meets its objectives."
Heather Acton
Heather Acton taken crouching down on the grass by a large tree trunk with her black Labrador sitting besides her

Steve Eddy, Acting Chief Executive at the Heart of England Forest, says: “We are delighted that Heather is joining the Board of Trustees. Her strategic thinking, collaborative approach, and wealth of experience of being a board chair will be invaluable in this pivotal role for the charity.”

Find out more about Heather and our Board of Trustees