Former Labour MEP takes up role
Former MEP Linda McAvan is the new chair of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
McAvan is currently executive director for European Relations at the European Climate Foundation (ECF). Between 1998 and 2019, she served as the Labour MEP for Yorkshire & Humber during which time she led a number of initiatives relating to climate, development and public health in the European Parliament.
Prior to being elected McAvan worked for the Coalfield Communities Campaign, which played a key role in the establishment of the CRT and also worked for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on economic regeneration in former coalfield areas. Linda McAvan was awarded an OBE in 2020 for her charitable and political services.
McAvan will take on the role from Peter McNestry, who has chaired CRT since 2008 and is standing down for personal and family reasons.
She said: “Improving lives in our former coalfield communities has always been a subject close to my heart and I have seen the fantastic work being done by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust over many years.
“I am delighted and honoured to be joining the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and working with our communities and partners to continue the vital work to bring hope and new opportunities to some of the most deprived parts of the UK.”
“I would also like to thank Peter McNestry for his many years of dedicated service and I look forward to building on the strong legacy he leaves behind.”
Nicky Wilson, vice-chair of CRT said: “We are incredibly pleased to have Linda joining us as our new “She brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion. Her commitment to coalfield communities is second to none and we are looking forward to working with her in the years ahead.
“I would also like to thank Peter McNestry, personally and on behalf of the whole organisation, for his years of dedication and hard work. The CRT is in the strong position it is in today thanks to him.”