The Countryside Alliance (CA) has appointed former regional director and keen foxhunter Alice Barnard, aged 33, as its new chief executive. Alice joined the CA?s Cambridgeshire County Committee while at university. After graduating she worked in London for seven years in corporate sales before starting her own business specialising in generating sales for blue chip companies. Her work involved extensive travel in Europe and the US.

Alice started hunting at the age of nine with the High Peak Hunt in Derbyshire. She was a former Master of the Cambridge University Drag Hounds and now hunts in Leicestershire where she lives with her husband Matt and daughter Isobel. Alice said: ?I am thrilled to have been appointed as chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, an organisation I have been a member of since childhood. Working in the regions over the last three years, directly with our members and volunteers has been a privilege. I am taking over this role at a very exciting time and would like to pay tribute to all that my predecessor, Simon Hart, achieved while he was chief executive. I am fully committed to driving forward the campaigning and charity work of the Countryside Alliance and The Countryside Alliance Foundation across a broad range of issues, and look forward to continuing our commitment to rural communities. The Alliance has a wide agenda but fieldsports will remain its backbone, and repeal of the Hunting Act is a key objective.?

Countryside Alliance Chairman, Kate Hoey MP, commented: ?I am delighted that Alice has accepted the position of Chief Executive. She is a talented and outstanding person who is well placed to take the Countryside Alliance through the many exciting challenges that lie ahead.?

The rest of this article appears in 29th September issue of Shooting Times.

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