Malvern Hills Trust thrilled to announce new CEO - The Malvern Observer

Malvern Hills Trust thrilled to announce new CEO

Malvern Editorial 13th Mar, 2024   0

MALVERN Hills Trust have shared their delight at hiring a new CEO to lead the organisation into its 140th year.

Deborah Fox, the trust’s new chief executive has come from 15 years in public service and is looking forward to playing a strong role in this new era of the Trust’s story.

Having lived in West Malvern during an appointment with the West Midlands Combined Authority and having visited regularly over the last 15 years, Deborah is no newcomer to the Malvern Hills.

Deborah said: “I feel honoured to lead the care for this special place and its conservation.

“I acknowledge the ongoing contribution of levy payers and visitors to its upkeep.

“The Trust has a big task of being a good neighbour to residents of thousands of properties.




“Having been a regular visitor, I’m aware the Malvern Hills and Commons support many people’s livelihoods too, in creative and land-based industries.”

Deborah joins the Trust at a crucial point in the Trust’s journey towards modernising.


The Trust were first formed by an Act of Parliament in 1884 to protect the Malvern Hills and Commons. 140 years, and four Acts later, the charity is still working to conserve and care for this much-loved landscape for people and wildlife.

The Trust have marked the occasion of their 140-year anniversary with a display along Church Walk near Waitrose in Great Malvern.

This exhibition features some of the work, achievements and history of the Trust looking back over the years and looking towards the future. The exhibition will be on display until the 25th March.

Deborah said: “Looking towards the next 140 years, it is clear the Victorian foundations are unfit for the modern world. So, the Trust is putting forward proposals for a new Act of Parliament to bring the charity into the 21st century and ensure it can continue its vital work.”

A full public consultation over the new act will be held in summer.

Previous interim CEO, Helen Stace, will lead a handover to give Deborah a positive start. The trust thanked Helen for her support over the last three months.

Helen will also be leading a handover to give Deborah the best start in their role and ensure continuity within the organisation. The Trust thanked Helen for all her support over the last three months and wish hear all the very best in future endeavours.

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