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Shark Trust Announces New Managing Director

15 January 2014

UK - The Shark Trust, the UK charity for shark conservation, has announced the arrival of Roy Hakin as the organisation’s new Managing Director.

The post represents a significant move forward for the Plymouth-based Trust, which has helped drive major advances in UK, European and international legislation to protect threatened sharks over the past 15 years. The Trust has now set its sights on further developing its profile, sustainability and capability to ensure continued advancement in shark conservation across the world’s oceans.

Roy comes with many years of senior-level experience from the retail and consulting sector and has a very strong background in business development and leading successful teams. Roy has been given the remit of developing the profile of the Shark Trust and ensuring the Trust remains commercially sustainable, enabling it to invest in and grow the conservation activities of the charity.

Richard Peirce, Chair of the Shark Trust said: “The Shark Trust is highly regarded worldwide. With the appointment of Roy as our Managing Director, we will ensure the future of the Trust so we can continue the vitally important work that we have become synonymous with. The serious issues facing sharks worldwide have never been more prominent and in the public eye. We firmly believe we are reaching a pivotal time in being able to achieve our ultimate vision of a world where sharks thrive and are recognised for their vital contribution to maintaining a globally healthy marine ecosystem.”

Roy added: “I have always had a very keen interest in marine life and especially sharks, so I am very excited about being able to combine over 30 years commercial and business experience with this important new role. The Shark Trust has built an excellent reputation over its first 15 years for science-based shark conservation. I am really looking forward to working with the staff and trustees to develop the Trust into an even more influential organisation that extends globally, enabling us to continue working toward the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action.”

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