Former head of the UK Land Army Lieutenant General Sir Barney White-Spunner, KCB CBE has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance and Director of the Countryside Alliance Foundation with effect from 9th February, taking on all the responsibilities of current Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, who leaves in early February. Barney will be based in the Alliance’s London Headquarters. Kate Hoey MP, will remain Chairman of the Board of the Countryside Alliance.
Barney is a writer and countryman with first-hand knowledge of farming and wide countryside interests. He lives in Dorset with his wife and three children, and is a long term supporter of all country sports. As well as being a regular contributor to The Field magazine he was a former editor of Bailey’s Hunting Directory and President of the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles.
He has had a distinguished military career and was knighted in 2011.He commanded British forces in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq and then took over as the Army Commander in 2009.
Commenting on his appointment Barney said “I owe so much in my life to the countryside and I am now really looking forward to giving something back”.
Countryside Alliance Board Chairman Kate Hoey MP said “I am absolutely delighted that Barney is joining us. His leadership will be invaluable in the challenges facing the British countryside.”