David Martin, the Chief Executive of The Phoenix Trust, been made chairperson of The Friends of the Churnet Valley.
An international lawyer, specialising in world heritage and heritage based community regeneration, David spent his childhood in North Staffordshire where his aunt was the headmistress of a school in Tunstall. He took A’ levels at Stoke-on-Trent College of Commerce before reading law and history at The London School of Economics.
During the early 1970s, David was part of the team that created the Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Since then, he has advised on the creation of World Heritage Sites and worked on major regeneration projects throughout the UK. In the 1990s, his firm sponsored Tunstall History Society and he is now working on a long-term project to make the North Staffordshire Coalfield’s Industrial Landscape and the Churnet Valley a World Heritage Site.
David said: “I am looking forward to working with the members of the Friends of the Churnet Valley to preserve the valley’s unique character and conserve its natural heritage.”