Defra Appointed Commons Conservator To Continue in Role

Oliver Bennett MBE to serve for a second term

Oliver Bennett MBE . Picture: POST

March 6, 2024

The Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators have announced that the DEFRA appointed Conservator since 2021, has been re-appointed.

Oliver Bennett MBE began his second term in the role on 4 February with the move being confirmed publicly this Tuesday (5 March).

In making the re-appointment, the Minister for Environmental Quality and Resilience, Rebecca Pow MP, commented that, “Mr Bennett’s expertise and strategic planning had played a pivotal role in advancing WPCC’s mission to preserve the natural beauty of the Commons. From shaping the Land Management Plan to actively promoting broader conservation efforts, his contributions are helping to ensure the Commons remain open and safe for everyone to enjoy”.

Mr Bennett said “I am proud to have been reappointed for a further 3-year term. It is a huge privilege to be able to help protect and enhance nature, and people's enjoyment of it, at such an important urban green space”.

In addition to his role as a Conservator, Mr Bennett actively participates in volunteer work on several of the conservation projects taking place on the Commons, and has edited the two most recent environmental monitoring reports.

He is also the head of The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) which is a research and knowledge exchange service based in the UK Parliament. It works to ensure that the research evidence and information is brought to bear on the legislative process and scrutiny of Government. It primarily supports the select committees of both Houses.

Voting is about to close for the elected Conservators. If you are eligible to vote you should have received ballot papers and they must be received by Civica Election Services no later than 5.00 pm on Wednesday 6 March.


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