Appointment of new MoD Conservator announced.

The Conservators are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Ministry of Defence-appointed Conservator to replace Sir Ian Andrews whose term ended in May this year. 

The Secretary of State for Defence has confirmed Mr Michael Rappolt as the appointed Ministry of Defence Conservator to replace Sir Ian Andrews, following a recruitment process carried out by a selection committee of the WPCC. Mr Rappolt has considerable charity and public service experience, particularly in the areas of audit, risk and corporate governance.

Mike has lived close to Wimbledon Common for nearly half a century during which time he has introduced his children and his grandchildren to the joys of the Commons and walked his dogs there nearly every day. He has a great love for the Commons and for its flora and fauna.

Mike graduated in Physics and has over 30 years of international experience as a management consultant and manager in the IT, Energy and management consulting industries and over 16 years as a Non-Executive Director in the charity, IT, performing arts, public and healthcare sectors. Since retiring from full time employment he has sought opportunities to contribute, largely on a voluntary basis, to the local community. He has set up, served on and/or chaired five Audit and Risk Committees for organisations ranging in turnover from £150k to £750m, has served as a Trustee or Governor of 5 charitable or public service boards, and has advised on a number of aspects of corporate governance. He believes his experience will enable him to contribute and add value in areas where the WPCC have needs.

In taking up his position Mr Rappolt stated: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed a Conservator of Wimbledon and Putney Commons by the Secretary of State for Defence. I love the Commons and have been walking my dogs on them daily for almost 40 years. I want to give something back and believe I can contribute and add value in areas where the WPCC have needs.

I look forward to working with the other Conservators and the dedicated staff helping to preserve this complex but wonderful natural environment for current and future stakeholders”.


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