Two Norfolk men with an intimate knowledge and love of the Broads have been appointed Members of the Broads Authority.
The Secretary of State for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has appointed Matthew Bradbury, national Director of Operations for the Land Trust, and John Ash, who was administrator for the Broads Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund for six years.
They will each take up a four-year appointment to the Authority on April 1st.
Matthew, who lives in Hingham and comes from a farming family, has lived and worked in Norfolk for more than 40 years. He learnt to sail on the Broads and likes to spend weekends canoeing and wildlife watching throughout the Broads National Park.
In addition to running the family farming businesses, Matthew worked for more than 20 years as a consultant to landowners, many in Broadland, advising them on the implementation of the Rural Development Programme, cooperative purchasing and marketing.
He was then employed by the Broads Authority working on water quality and conservation projects before becoming Head of Nature Reserves at Norfolk Wildlife Trust. He managed more than 70 sites including a number of major Broads Nature Reserves - Barton, Hickling, Martham, Ranworth, Alderfen and Upton – as well as visitor centres and an extensive grazing operation.
Matthew now has responsibility for the management and development of the Land Trust’s national land portfolio of 2500 hectares comprising green space, nature reserves and parks. He also has responsibility for fundraising, income generation and voluntary support to enable the land to be managed sustainably for environmental, social and economic benefit.
He is currently a board member of the Thames Gateway Local Nature Partnership and a trustee of the British Mountaineering Council’s Access and Conservation Trust.
John Ash, who lives in Brooke, is a retired chartered civil engineer who has spent 40 years working in flood and coastal defence in Norfolk, including the Broads, the UK and Europe. His work has included a wide variety of projects associated with environmental management, economic appraisal, climate change and tourism.
John says living and working in Norfolk has given him a real love and affinity with the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads where he has sailed in dinghies and wherries. He took over the chairmanship of Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust (WYC) from Aitken Clark, the first Chief Executive of the Broads Authority, when he died. The Trust has since restored two Edwardian wherry yachts and a pleasure wherry to sailing condition and, together with its other vintage wherry yacht and recently acquired second pleasure wherry, they now offer holiday charters and educational visits on the Broads.
John represents WYC on Broads Tourism and has a working knowledge of tourism issues. For the past six years he has been Administrator for the Broads Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund providing grants to organisations in the Broads, many of them focused on developing the opportunity for young people to experience and enjoy the Broads.