After being manager of the Jurassic Coast Trust Team based at Dorset County Council since 2007, I now feel hugely privileged to be the first ever Chief Executive of the Jurassic Coast Trust; charged with looking after England’s natural World Heritage Site.  I don’t come from a geological background, having completed a PhD into Tropical Rain Forest Biodiversity at the University of Leeds in 1996. I then subsequently managed biodiversity research projects in South America, and supported international development work for VSO in countries as diverse as Kazakhstan, Tuvalu and Sri Lanka.

My main role is to oversee all aspects of the Trust, to oversee strategy, income and staff.  I have a fantastic staff team working for the Trust and want to empower them to really help everybody to understand, love and value the Jurassic Coast – our vision for the Trust.  I am also the founding Chair of World Heritage UK, the organisation that advocates for all of the UK’s 31 World Heritage Sites.  I also love landscape photography, which is handy given our stunning coastline.

Sam Rose’s Jurassic Coast hotspot

‘Any one of West Bay, Durlston or Beer Head, depending on the day of the week, the wind direction and the photographic conditions.’