We’re so delighted of the news that our Chairman, Jim Hopley, has become a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to the community and is the only islander to be recognised in The Queen’s New Year Honours List this year!
Jim stepped down as CEO of the Channel Islands’ Co-operative Society in 2011 and has since chaired a variety of bodies in Jersey, including the Jersey Cheshire Home, Genuine Jersey as well as leading the Jersey National Park.
He has been integral to the development of the Jersey National Park, initially prompted by the ‘Line in the Sand’ protest, involving more than 7,000 islanders, in 2009. Islanders came together and stood shoulder-to-shoulder and formed a human chain across St Ouen’s Bay to make a statement that it was time to draw a line under the steady increase in inappropriate coastal developments in Jersey.
Today it is our aim to support our partners in protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage within the Park, and there continues to be many positive discussions on what that means for Jersey.
Jim’s commitment, to not only the Jersey National Park but, the voluntary sector on the Island has been tireless, and we couldn’t be more proud of him.
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