Head of Essex Wildlife Trust for 28 years honoured with MBE

John Hall, chief executive of Essex Wildlife Trust

John Hall, chief executive of Essex Wildlife Trust - Credit: Archant

The chief executive of Essex Wildlife Trust has been awarded an MBE for services to wildlife and the environment.

John Hall, chief executive of Essex Wildlife Trust, with Sir David Attenborough

John Hall, chief executive of Essex Wildlife Trust, with Sir David Attenborough - Credit: Archant

John Hall joined the trust 28 years ago as a conservation manager in a team of four staff, becoming chief executive the following year – a role he is retiring from later this year.

Now the trust has 120 staff and more than 2,000 volunteers, overseeing 8,200 acres of land.

Mr Hall, 63, said: “It is a fabulous recognition for me and the work of Essex Wildlife Trust.

“I have been privileged to lead the trust for the last 28 years and I didn’t expect something like this.


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“We have achieved some great things over the years, and this is great credit to all the staff and volunteers who are a great bunch of determined, intelligent people.”

Mr Hall, who lives in Abberton, said one of his proudest achievements was bringing the trust’s work out of its reserves and into communities – which also encourages wildlife to re-colonise the landscape.

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“The few people I’ve been able to tell are pleased for me, which I am grateful for, and I am pleased for the organisation,” Mr Hall added.

“As a new chief comes in later this year it is a particularly nice time for me personally to get this acknowledgement.”

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