IAN Phillips has been appointed as a new member of the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) to replace Tom Tupper, who stepped down from the role last month.
The appointment was made by the secretary of state for the environment following national, open competition and it takes effect from April 1.
Ian Phillips, who lives in Farnham, is a chartered landscape architect and town planner with more than 25 years’ experience in urban and rural local government.
His professional interests include green infrastructure, policy development, planning for trees and community engagement and he has spoken on these topics at national and international events. He serves on the Landscape Institute’s council and policy committee and is chairman of its appointments committee.
He pursues a keen interest in trees as chairman of the Tree Advice Trust, as a contributor to relevant British Standards and as a member of the Trees and Design Action Group.
He said: “I grew up in Brighton and the landscape of the South Downs was a formative influence in my love of the countryside and my choice of career.
“I am therefore excited at the opportunity to return to my roots and make a contribution to the future of the national park, I look forward to promoting good landscape planning, design and management and applying my experience in helping to address forthcoming challenges in ways that will benefit the park and its communities.”
The South Downs National Park Authority has 27 members, comprising 14 councillors from local authorities, six from town and parish councils and seven appointed by the government.