Craig Bennett to take helm at Friends of the Earth
Craig Bennett, former deputy director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, is to replace Andy Atkins as ceo of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE).
Since 2010, Bennett has led FoE's campaigns department as its director of policy and campaigns. Under his campaign leadership, the organisation achieved a number of notable successes including ensuring the UK remains frack-free and securing a National Pollinator Strategy to reverse the decline of bees.
Bennett commented: “I first started campaigning with Friends of the Earth local groups as a young teenager, so it’s an incredible honour to have now been appointed chief executive of this remarkable organisation.
“For over 40 years, Friends of the Earth has been the one place where people can take practical and political action locally and as part of the world’s largest grassroots environmental network."
Bennett is currently on sabbatical undertaking a Policy Fellowship at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge and writing a book called Progress. He will start in his new role on 1 July 2015.