Lord Salisbury succeeded his father to become the seventh Marquess of Salisbury in 2003, and has combined careers spanning banking, farming, land management and politics.

He was a Member of Parliament for South Dorset until 1987, before being summoned to the Upper House in 1992 and becoming a life peer in November 1999.

As deputy Lieutenant for Hertfordshire and formerly president of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, Lord Salisbury has a strong affinity with the countryside.

He is particularly concerned with the way our countryside is conserved and managed for the benefit of all, and will be playing an active role in supporting and promoting the Trust’s research.

Taking up his position, Lord Salisbury commented: “I am delighted to have become president of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

“Having been a member of the Trust and a supporter of its work for many years, I know how influential its research has been in making the case that game and wildlife management brings great conservation benefits,

“Given the many competing pressures on our landscape and habitats, the Trust’s authoritative scientific voice has never been more needed to help inform practical and effective conservation policy.”

Chairman of the Trust, Mark Hudson, congratulated Lord Salisbury on his appointment and paid tribute to the outgoing president: “Lord Peel stands down after eight years as our President and, prior to that, six years as chairman.

“Lord Peel has contributed enormously to the work of the Trust for almost 30 years as a fund raiser, adviser and trustee, for which we are and will remain enormously grateful. His record of service has been truly exceptional.”