Message from John Pierce - Chair 2017

1st October 2017

Please see a message from our new chairman below

Dear Members,

I am honoured and privileged to serve as chair of An Taisce. The sheer scope of the work of the organisation, from conservation to climate change and from planning to property, is unique. It is a truism to say that the world is changing ever faster but the challenges we face are mounting and it is increasingly necessary to invest our energy and resources in creating a better world for ourselves and future generations.

I first became interested in heritage and the environment as a schoolboy, researching Wexford’s history with the help of a gifted librarian and sea-shore ecology (for the Young Scientists Exhibition) under the guidance of a talented and hugely patient researcher at Johnstown Castle. I graduated in botany, spent a summer studying blanket bog at the Glenamoy research station in Mayo and researched the effects of air pollution on ryegrass for my master’s thesis.

I switched to IT, or data processing as it was then, in 1976 and spent most of the rest of my career in sales and marketing, managing the strategic planning process amongst other things and also specialising in managing knowledge. I hope to bring some of that expertise to An Taisce and ask you for your support in furthering its aims.

John Pierce, Chair 2017