New Director at the Helm

We said a fond farewell to Esther Pearson, at the end of last year, who has done a fantastic job leading the charity over the past four years. We wish her well on her exciting travels around the world!  We are delighted however, to soon welcome aboard our new Director Julian Gray. He’s moving back to the South West, after living in Australia, before starting later this month. Whilst Julian settles into UK life, we’ve asked him to tell us more about himself and why he felt drawn to take on this role.

Postcard from Australia

I am delighted to be starting as Director of the South West Coast Path Association later in January.
Coming from Byron Bay in the North of New South Wales with sizzling summer temperatures across to winter in Devon is going to be quite a shock. However, I’m really looking forward to getting back onto home territory… and particularly to the South West, where our family live, and where we have our family home.
I’m also really looking forward to working with the Trustees, staff, volunteers and wider stakeholders to further protect and enhance the South West Coast Path. Specifically, to ensure its position as a world class long distance trail – providing opportunities for people to access the amazing coast and countryside of the South West and acting as a driver to generate local business opportunities.
Warm regards


Julian Gray starts as Director on 23 January. Julian combines an Environmental Science BSc and International Communication MA, with over 10 years as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has over 25 years leadership and management experience in the sustainability and tourism sectors including significant experience of countryside access, National Trails and protected landscapes. Currently CEO of international conservation charity Rainforest Rescue and previously CEO of international not-for-profit Smart WaterMark.

Published on: Jan. 4, 2018