Offenham's Martin joins Rare Breeds Survival Trust as trustee - The Evesham Observer

Offenham's Martin joins Rare Breeds Survival Trust as trustee

Evesham Editorial 10th Dec, 2023   0

ANIMAL lover Martin Penny from Offenham has been appointed to the board of trustees of national conservation charity Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST).

RBST works UK-wide to conserve and promote the UK’s rarest native breeds of livestock and equines.

Rare breeds currently categorised as Priority or At Risk on the RBST Watchlist include North Ronaldsay sheep, Gloucester cattle, Traditional Hereford cattle, Gloucester Old Spot pigs, the Exmoor pony and the Shire horse.

Martin has more than 30 years senior management experience in chief executive and chief financial officer roles in a diverse range of sectors including further education, culture and the arts, the church and the charity sector.

Prior to his successful career in finance, Martin served as an officer in the British Army.

In 2018, Martin with his wife Claire started a flock of rare North Ronaldsay sheep at their smallholding near Evesham.

He said:

“My enthusiasm for conserving native livestock and equine breeds was initially inspired by my wife Claire, who has held a lifelong interest in rare breed conservation.

“We are proud to support a very rare breed on the RBST Watchlist with our flock of North Ronaldsay sheep, we are building up the flock and exploring how our sheep’s genetics can be used to support the wider breed’s future.

“This is a key moment for RBST and rare breed conservation, as we look to the potential change of Government in 2024 and consider the possible impacts of major policy changes on our native breeds and on the individuals and organisations who work together to conserve and promote them.”


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