New chief for CambridgePPF
20th Dec 2016
Cambridge Past, Present & Future, the leading local charity working for the well-being of the city, its green spaces and historic buildings is delighted to announce the appointment of their new Chief Executive, James Littlewood, who joined the charity at the beginning of December.
James has been appointed to lead the charity into a new and exciting chapter of its evolution. For the past 10 years he has led environmental charities, most recently as Director of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, where he was responsible for influencing development, caring for nature reserves and heritage assets, as well as working with members, volunteers and other conservation organisations. Before moving to Cambridge, James was also chair of the Northumbria Mammal Group, Tyne Kittiwakes Partnership and a Trustee of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
He will be based at the charity’s office, situated in the heart of CambridgePPF’s Wandlebury Country Park, the much loved, publicly accessible, green space just south of the city. His portfolio of sites also includes Coton Countryside Reserve, Cambridge’s Leper Chapel, Hinxton Watermill and Bourn Windmill as well as some smaller sites.
CambridgePPF’s Chair, Ros Aveling said “On behalf of the entire Board, I would like to congratulate James on his appointment and welcome him to CambridgePPF. He has a strong track record in leading local, environmental charities and improving their performance. James joins at a time where the pressures on the setting of Cambridge and its surroundings are particularly challenging so his contribution will be especially valued.”
Speaking about his new appointment, James said “Cambridge is one of the fastest changing cities in the UK and I am really looking forward to working with the staff, volunteers and trustees of CambridgePPF to help keep Cambridge special. It’s a huge challenge but one that I believe we can rise to. ”
James is a keen naturalist and outdoor enthusiast, with an expertise in birds. He is also a keen cyclist, and pedaled 18,000 miles around the world with his wife in 2008-2010. James has family connections with the area, both parents and extended family are from Newmarket and his grandfather, Geoff Littlewood, was a flat race jockey from 1939-1968.