Sustainable Harborough project manager announcement

Transition Harborough welcomes the appointment of Gavin Fletcher as the project manager for the forthcoming “Sustainable Harborough Challenge”, as a former member of Transition Leicester we are confident that Gavin will understand the core drivers of the project as originally envisaged by the Transition Volunteers who have invested hundreds of hours in this bid.

Below is the RCC branded press release:

We are delighted to announce to partners the appointment of Gavin Fletcher as the Project Manager for the Big Lottery £1m Sustainable Harborough Challenge.

Gavin will join the RCC on 2nd January 2013 and will initially be based at Community House, 133 Loughborough Road, Leicester,  until office premises for the Sustainable Harborough Challenge are identified and secured in Market Harborough when further appointments to the project will be made.

Gavin is currently Land and Biodiversity Team Manager at Groundwork where he has gained extensive experience of biodiversity and land projects and working with community and corporate partnerships.

He has managed a team working on planting community orchards and allotments as well as broader growing projects, sustainability and biodiversity. In addition he has experience of managing the Eco House in Leicester which is run as an inspirational community hub for those who want to improve the sustainability of their lives. Gavin has extensive experience of working with volunteers as well as managing a team of 7 paid staff who between them deliver 8 projects.

Gavin was chosen from a very strong field of applicants and clearly has the right experience to manage this exciting project on behalf of the many partners and the people of Harborough. We are delighted that he will be bringing with him such wide ranging experience and enthusiasm for sustainability.

Gavin’s appointment was the unanimous decision of the partnership interview panel which consisted of Jeremy Prescott (RCC Chief Executive) Diana Cook (RCC Community Engagement Manager) Oliver Savage (Climate Action, Leicestershire County Council)  Daniel Curtis (Environment Agency) and Sarah Clarke (observer on behalf of Transition Town Market Harborough)

When asked Gavin for a quote he said:

I can’t wait to meet all the people who have put so much effort into the sustainability of Market Harborough and securing this funding so far, and working with them on this exciting project to show what can be done when people come together with a common purpose supported by lottery funding.

Whilst I have been working in sustainability and conservation for many years, this project brings all of my interests together into a project that could show the way forward for many towns in Britain.”

Please feel free to circulate the above information through your networks but please always use the Big Lottery logo (copy attached)

We will soon be arranging a partners meeting and will be  providing further details shortly.

Best wishes

Diana (RCC Leicestershire & Rutland)

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