Julian Gray has 30 years’ experience in protected landscapes, conservation and wider sustainability in the UK and internationally. As Director of the South West Coast Path Association, Julian champions England’s longest National Trail. He is also Vice Chair of the World Trails Network.

Julian combines an educational background in international communications and environmental science with leadership, branding and sustainability experience in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Previous positions include CEO of international conservation charity Rainforest Rescue and CEO of the international water conservation programme Smart WaterMark. Julian was a advocate for increasing greenspace across cities to improve health and wellbeing through the Australian 202020 Vision campaign and judge for the Prime Minister’s inaugural Sustainability Awards.

Previously Julian headed-up communications for the South Downs Joint Committee and Sussex Downs Conservation Board. As a member Branding England’s Protected Landscapes Forum, he worked with the AONB Association and the EU LIFESCAPES project, using branding to support a sustainable rural economy across Europe’s protected landscapes.

Julian is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and was a committee member of both Interpret Britain and the International Water Association’s Communications Specialist Group.

Organisation: South West Coast Path Association