Jacquie Burgess

36 Whitlingham Hall,
Kirby Road,
NR14 8QH
tel 01603 616797

Appointed  by Secretary of State

Term of appointment  4 years

Date first appointed  01/06/2012

Expiry of appointment  31/03/2020

Committees Broads AuthorityPlanning Committee


Jacquie Burgess is an Emeritus Professor of the University of East Anglia. She was appointed as a member of the Authority by the Secretary of State in 2012, elected Vice-Chair by the members in 2013 and Chair in 2015.

Jacquie’s roots are in north-west Norfolk where she still has family. She grew up in Norwich, leaving the Blyth School in 1967 to study geography at Hull University. She joined the Geography Department of University College London in 1975, becoming its first ever woman Professor in 1998. She moved to the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA in 2006, becoming Head of School in 2007. 

Jacquie is a specialist in understanding the cultural significance of landscapes and places and the importance of involving stakeholders and communities in the decisions about how best to manage them sustainably. As Vice-Chair, she encouraged the Broads Authority to commission the extensive stakeholder surveys which were completed last autumn and will form the basis for the development of new strategies for the Authority in 2015-16.

Jacquie’s research has always been highly policy-relevant and she has contributed to the work of key national organisations including the Countryside Commission, English Nature, the Countryside Agency, the Environment Agency and Defra. She was a board member of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen and, until her return to Norwich in 2006, Jacquie chaired the board of Global Action Plan, a national charity committed to helping individuals and organisations develop more environmentally-sustainable practices.

Jacquie never had the opportunity to learn to sail as a child, although she rowed for Hull University as a student. She has now taken up the challenge in her 60s and is learning the ropes with expert tuition from sailors at the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club in Wroxham. Jacquie has known and loved the Broads landscapes since she was a child; her grandchildren are growing up in Norfolk and she relishes sharing her love of these places with them.

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