HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire becomes new Patron at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Tuesday 31st October 2017

Ian Dudson (right) pictured with our Chairman Richard Higgs

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is delighted to confirm the appointment of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson CBE as the charity’s new Patron.

Mr Dudson has been Lord-Lieutenant of the county since the end of March 2012 and is a former High Sheriff of Staffordshire. Having been active in the family business which has been based in Stoke-on-Trent for several generations, Mr Dudson is also a keen wildlife enthusiast.

He began his patronage after being appointed at the Trust’s October board meeting.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is the county’s largest nature conservation charity, with almost 15,000 members and owning or managing 27 nature reserves.

The Trust’s Chairman, Richard Higgs, said: “We are extremely proud that Ian has endorsed our work by taking up the role of Patron.

“He will bring a wealth of knowledge to us, passion and increase the profile of our work further.

“Ian is a very well-known person in Staffordshire and his experience and expertise in several fields can only help us.”

Mr Dudson was awarded a CBE for his services to the ceramics industry in 2002.

After being appointed as Patron, he said: “Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has been working to protect wildlife and wild places where we live for almost 50 years.

“I have seen first-hand on a number of occasions the work the charity carries out, from looking after nature reserves to its fantastic education programme, where it inspires young people to gain enjoyment and understanding of the natural world.

“It is a great honour to be asked to be Patron of this fantastic charity.”