14th February 2012
DEFA Minister welcomes appointment of new Chief Executive Officer
THE Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has today (Tuesday, February 14, 2012) announced the appointment of Richard Lole as its next Chief Executive Officer.
Mr Lole has a strong background in farming and brings a wealth of experience to the position having served in a variety of senior Government roles, including five years as Director of Agriculture. He will take up the DEFA post in March, succeeding Ken Kinrade who is retiring after a distinguished 40-year career in the Isle of Man Civil Service.
Commenting on Mr Lole’s appointment, DEFA Minister Phil Gawne MHK said:
‘I am delighted to welcome Richard and I am confident he will lead the Department with great conviction and enthusiasm. His previous experience of working for DEFA will stand him in good stead as we progress a wide range of important issues in the time ahead. We have a very knowledgeable and professional team in place at the Department who will work closely with Richard in the best interests of the people of the Isle of Man and the industries we represent.’
Mr Lole will assume responsibility for a Department that encompasses a number of core activities including food and farming, fisheries, the environment, wildlife, and countryside care. Educated in Cumbria and Manchester, Mr Lole studied agriculture at Bangor University and brings both hands-on and strategic experience to his new position, having previously worked as a farm manager, in addition to consultancy, economics research and banking roles related to the agricultural industry.
As well as five years as Director of Agriculture at DAFF, he has spent the past two years working on a number of corporate projects within the Chief Secretary’s Office and Office of Human Resources.
Looking ahead to his new post, Mr Lole said:
‘I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture at a time of great challenge and opportunity for the Isle of Man. I am passionate about the environment and food production and marketing, and I look forward to working with a talented and dedicated team across the Department. Our efforts will focus on protecting the environment and continuing to grow the food sector’s contribution to the Manx economy in a positive and sustainable way.’