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We're delighted to announce that Chris Heard is the new Chair of Friends of the Peak District and CPRE South Yorkshire.

Chris was brought up in Cornwall before studying Physics in 1970s London. His whole working career has been with Shell, first in the UK, and then internationally. Throughout his working life he has lived on the edge of the Peak District, first in Bollington and then in Hayfield. 

One of his main interests has always been the ‘great outdoors’ – initially fell running, climbing and mountain biking, but more lately confined to walking. Chris retired in April and understands that there are many challenges facing our countryside but is keen to help ensure that its complex and diverse communities can work together for the common good.

“I’m very excited about taking on the role of Chair of the Friends" said Chris, "I appreciate that the Peak District is a living changing environment and I look forward to working with the many people who help protect its special landscapes and the countryside of South Yorkshire, and championing the aims of the CPRE pioneers, which are still valid today".