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Sir David Henshaw confirmed as Chair of NRW

Sir David Henshaw has been confirmed as the chair of Natural Resources Wales by Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs. 

In accepting the role Sir David said:

"I am delighted to be appointed chair of NRW. When I took on the role of interim chair in November 2018, my intention was to help the organisation rebuild from some of its challenges and then hand over to a successor. But that changed when I got to know the organisation better. 

"The passion, commitment and expertise of staff; the importance of the role we can play in tackling climate and environment emergencies; and a deeper appreciation of our successes and our ability to improve Wales’ present and future. These are compelling reasons why I wanted to stay for longer. 

"There is still much work to do, but I’m looking forward to continuing the job I’ve started, leading the board in supporting the chief executive and her team in building NRW’s success.”

Sir David Henshaw biography

After Higher education in Sheffield and Birmingham his major career has been in the public sector with Chief Executive roles at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the City of Liverpool, leading a major review of Child Support and the Child Support Agency for central government and more recently senior Chair roles in the NHS including the North West Strategic Health Authority and Alder Hey Foundation Trust Children’s Hospital leading the Board in the building of the new hospital. He has also been drafted in to a number of challenged NHS Hospital Trusts as an interim Chair.

He was also involved in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit Capability Review programme of central government departments. He was the Chair of the Welsh First Ministers’ Advisory Board on the delivery of public services. 

During his time at Liverpool he was part of the core team which won Capital of Culture 2008 and managed the Council in developing Liverpool 1, the arena and conference centre together with major radical reforms to the services provided, culminating in Liverpool being recognised as Council of the year. He retired from Liverpool in 2006.

Sir David is and has been also a Chair and Non-Executive Director for a number of other public and private organisations and retains a series of advisory roles.