Sam Rose, Chief Executive of The Jurassic Coast Trust will be leaving the organisation with effect from 30th June 2019.
Sam departs after more than 15 years of working to safeguard England’s only natural World Heritage Site, including 10 years leading the Team based at Dorset County Council, and two years in the newly created role of CEO of the Jurassic Coast Trust, coinciding with the transfer of Site Management from local authorities to the independent charity.
Sam’s career on the Jurassic Coast has spanned a range of activities that have helped the local area to benefit from World Heritage Status as well as ensuring that the Site is in great condition with a fantastic reputation nationally and internationally. He has developed and helped to deliver many of the opportunities that have seen a tangible increase in the economic, social and cultural value derived from the World Heritage status, including the development of new and improved visitor centres and large scale public engagement activities. Sam and the team have won a number of awards including a national Royal Geographical Society award and Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Dorset for two years running. As the founding Chair of Trustees of the charity World Heritage UK Sam has also ensured that the Jurassic Coast has been recognised as a beacon of best practice in the management of World Heritage.
Chair Alexandra O’Dwyer comments:
“Sam is a well-known and respected figure on the Jurassic Coast and his work will leave a lasting legacy. We wish him all the very best for the future and thank him for all he has achieved. Over the summer the Jurassic Coast Trust team, supported by our fantastic ambassadors and volunteers, will focus upon the forthcoming busy season of events and outreach, as well as delivering our new Volunteering project, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. Work also continues to finalise a new and collaborative management plan for the World Heritage Site, alongside our many partners. Recruitment for a new Chief Executive will start over the summer and run into the autumn.”