Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion

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ap­points new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive The Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion, the Gov­ern­ment’s ex­pert agency on pub­lic ac­cess to the out­doors, is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Ric Cul­li­nane as its new Chief Ex­ec­u­tive. Mr Cul­li­nane has been the Com­mis­sion’s Op­er­a­tions Man­ager since 2010, and brings a wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to his new role. “Ric has been in­volved in the Com­mis­sion for nearly it’s en­tire lifes­pan, and his deep re­la­tion­ships with our key farm­ing, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and recre­ation­al­ist stake­hold­ers will be of huge as­sis­tance to the work of the Com­mis­sion in pro­tect­ing and en­hanc­ing pub­lic ac­cess to the out­doors.” said John Forbes, Chair of the Com­mis­sion’s Board. Mr Cul­li­nane says he’s look­ing for­ward to lead­ing the next stage of the Com­mis­sion’s life, as it en­ters into a pe­riod of re­view of its found­ing leg­is­la­tion. “The Walk­ing Ac­cess Act 2008 cre­ated the Com­mis­sion, and it will be re­viewed over the next 12 months. This is a unique op­por­tu­nity to en­sure the Com­mis­sion is best placed for not only the next decade, but for many more to come,” said Mr Cul­li­nane.

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