Sandra King

Sandra King is Beaver Trust’s CEO

Monday 21st February 2022

Environmentalist and charity leader Sandra King begins her new role as Chief Executive Officer of Beaver Trust, becoming the first female CEO of a beaver-restoration charity in Britain –  accelerating the charity’s vital work restoring Britain’s beaver populations and rivers.

Beaver Trust works throughout Britain, relocating, managing and restoring beaver populations, working closely with land managers and communities. The charity also delivers the education and communications necessary to inform the public about beavers and supports DEFRA with the emerging national beaver policy. 

Beaver getting released, Elliot McCandless

Collaboration with partners and stakeholders to align interests and resources is at the heart of Beaver Trust’s mission. Beaver Trust is delighted that National Trust Wallington has offered to host Sandra on her first day. Over the coming months, Sandra and the Beaver Trust Restoration Team will be working closely with Wallington as they progress through the stages of license applications, which will hopefully lead to the to the reintroduction of beavers to this historic Northumberland landscape. 

Reacting to this partnership and her new role, Sandra King says, 

“Working in partnership with land managers is one of the many aspects of my new role that I am really looking forward to.  Wallington is my local National Trust site, and I was thrilled to be invited to spend my first day in the job learning all about their ambitious plans for nature restoration.  It is incredible to think that we may have beavers back in Northumberland this year, and that I am going to be able to follow the project so closely.”

Farmers at East Wick Farm, Pewsey Down

Collaboration is at the heart of Beaver Trust’s mission.

Paul Hewitt, Countryside Manager for National Trust Wallington celebrates the opportunity for Beaver Trust and The National Trust to work together to help bring beavers back to Northumberland: 

“It’s wonderful to be able to host Sandra here on her first day as the new CEO of the Beaver Trust. We’re looking forward to sharing our landscape-scale nature restoration ambitions with the Beaver Trust and to working closely over the coming months and years towards our common goal of reintroducing beavers back into Northumberland. Sandra’s help and support will be invaluable as we take the step towards the licence application and it’s really exciting today to take her out and about to show her the plans and ideas for important and long-lasting nature recovery projects across this 20 sq./m Estate.”

As ecosystem engineers, beavers can play a pivotal role in reversing the decline in wildlife and restoring our rivers, but will need consistent management engaging communities, landowners and other interests wherever challenges arise. 

Sandra’s role will be diverse and fast-paced, steering the organisation and its growing team into its next phase of development. 

Sandra reflects on her vision for Beaver Trust during these crucial years of climate and biodiversity crisis: 

I join Beaver Trust at a time when it’s reach and impact are growing rapidly, meeting the soaring interest in beaver reintroduction and management.  There has never been a more important time to bring systemic vision to the restoration of this species to restore Britain’s rivers.  We already have fantastic partnerships and people who are working closely with us we are looking forward to strengthening these relationships and bringing new people on board who share this vision.”

Beaver Trust brings expertise and partnership to support those living and working with beavers.  The charity also works through a collaborative NGO partnership on the Riverscapes programme to reinstate river buffer zones and diversity to Britain’s river systems.

Media enquiries: Eva Bishop, eva@beavertrust.org / 07733171883

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