Peterborough Environment City Trust looks to the future with new CEO

RACHEL Huxley has been appointed as the new chief executive of Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT). Previously head of operations at PECT since 2006, Rachel has been acting chief executive since the departure of Hugh Cripps in December 2010.

Steve Magenis, chairman of PECT’s board of directors said, “We welcome Rachel as chief executive.  At the heart of the organisation Rachel has done a brilliant job managing PECT to ensure not just the stability and resilience of current operations but the continued development and growth of the Trust. We look forward to building on PECT’s past success, and working with Rachel to drive forward our aspirations for a cleaner, greener, healthier Peterborough.”

Expressing her determination and vision for PECT, Rachel said, “I am delighted to accept the position. It is so rewarding to be able to share my enthusiasm for the important environmental work the charity delivers. PECT is a fantastic organisation with a great team who work hard to make Peterborough a truly sustainable city. PECT are in a strong position with a clearly defined strategy for the next 3 years.  We are investing in continuing to build on the charity’s success and taking a positive approach to the challenge of current times.  We have a strong and committed team both at delivery and board level and with such foundations we can look forward to the future, growing from strength to strength.”

The charity will continue to play a pivotal role in leading Peterborough in its ambition to become the Home of Environment Capital, a fundamental element of PECT’s mission. As a recognised leader on sustainable cities, PECT will continuing to deliver best practice projects that improve the overall quality of life of its people, communities and environment.

It is a promising, exciting time for Peterborough and PECT. The charity’s innovative and award-winning projects are in full swing. The Peterborough Eco Awards, to be held on Tuesday 5 July, celebrate a host of inspirational environmental achievements by local school children. An impressive 86% of local schools are eco-active and PECT are proud to announce the accreditation of two new Green Flag schools, bringing Peterborough’s total to seven.

The ‘Forest for Peterborough’ is busy gearing up for the new planting season in October, set to increase tree coverage all over the city. This summer Greeniversity extends it project, delivering 25 ‘Green Skill’ courses to adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or mental health problems. Investors in the Environment are excited to be working with the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Club at the 2011 Business Focus event. The exhibition will be hosting its first Environmental Hub, responding to the growth in the sector.