After more than ten years as CCI Executive Director, Mike Rands has decided to move on from this role to take up a new opportunity. I am delighted to say that Mike has, today, been elected as the next Master of Darwin College, Cambridge. When Mike was appointed as the first Director of CCI in 2009, it was largely a ‘big idea’ with lots of ambition and vision, but none of us really knew how it would develop. Today, CCI has a rich mix of novel collaborations, fosters new approaches to conservation and has considerable convening power. The David Attenborough Building is rapidly becoming a centre of excellence and hub for generating innovative solutions for the conservation of nature and we are very grateful to Mike for the part he has played in making this happen.
In announcing his move, Mike said “It has been an enormous privilege to play my part in creating and growing CCI and I am really proud of what we have achieved together – it demonstrates the power of collaboration. There has never been a more critical time to integrate research and practice for the conservation of the natural world. CCI has enormous potential to inform, influence and engage those in whose hands the future of life on Earth rests. As you would expect, I intend to continue to champion the conservation of biodiversity and wider sustainability from Darwin College.”
Mike will step down from CCI on 31st March 2020 and CCI Council and the University are now making plans for recruiting his successor. We expect to advertise the position later this month and will share further details with you in the coming weeks. On behalf of CCI Council and the wider CCI community, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike, ahead of his final six months, for all he does for the Initiative and the conservation of nature more widely.
Dr Andy Clements
Chair CCI Council
01 October 2019