CL:AIRE is delighted to announce the appointment of Jane Garrett as our new Chief Executive Officer.
Jane moved over to CL:AIRE on 6th May 2008 from the Brogdale Horticultural Trust. The Trust’s objectives were education, conservation and research. Her
scientific partners were Imperial and East Malling Research Station. Her main role was to ensure that Brogdale’s unique International Genetic Resource,
the largest fruit gene bank in a single location in the world, was made relevant and available for the public. Jane brings a wealth of experience to her new post
to help broaden CL:AIRE’s reach and impact.
Jane worked with the Kent County Council Rural Regeneration Board (Hadlow, Imperial College, Greenwich University, East Malling Research Station, and
Kent County Agricultural Society) to find a sustainable way forward for these educational providers. Jane emphasises the importance of partnership working
and creating solid training frameworks for the public and private sector alike. This relationship had a number of practical outcomes which included establishing
a traditional community orchard in the Thames Gateway with the Forestry Commission – the largest in the country. The first Vocational Centre of Excellence
for horticulture and catering was also established at a local school; now available as a facility for the North Kent Coast.
This focus on effective partnerships and networking mirrors CL:AIRE’s objectives of striving to put people and organisations together to achieve meaningful
‘I am a champion for education, and communication. Building strong, productive relationships that will complement CL:AIRE’s recognised strengths in
delivering knowledge are key to raising the profile of this first class organisation,’ commented Jane Garrett. ‘Whilst CL:AIRE is and should remain an independent
not-for profit organisation, we must also be aware of the changing policies and priorities within the market and seek to address any challenges. CL:AIRE’s
work is vital in communicating best practice and in establishing new technologies and approaches for the remediation and development industry.’
Jane has recently been reappointed by Defra as a board member of the Covent Garden Market Authority. She has been working with the board over the last six years
to find a way forward to develop a modern wholesale market for London and the South East.
After graduating from Newcastle University with a zoology degree, Jane worked for The Conservative Party for a period of ten years, at local, regional, National
and European levels. She became the Director in charge of Women’s Issues. During this period she was involved in a range of campaigns, including independent
Taxation for women.
Establishing effective working relationships with Local Authorities has also been a common theme throughout Jane’s career. She has worked in many parts
of the UK including Knowsley, Tyne Bridge and Gateshead.
Jane took a career break to have children. During this period she worked as a Management Consultant in the City. She worked in a range of leading Plc’s including
BP, Shell, ICI and Smith Kline Beecham on change management brought about through changing Information Technology.
‘I look forward to further enhancing the excellence of CL:AIRE’s work and the science behind it. I also welcome the many exciting new projects we are developing
including the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SuRF) initiative which aims to bring together Political, Social and Economic considerations into a clear framework
for the industry.'