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Thursday, 16 August 2018
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Mark Margetts appointed as Project Manager for TreadLightly! Project

The TreadLightly Trust are pleased to announce that they have appointed Mark Margetts as Project Manager to oversee the launch of the Charity in the UK. Mark has been closely involved in the formation and development of the Charity and has been working on a voluntary basis with other Steering Group members over the past 18 months to create awareness and raise funding to launch the project.

Mark has been an active campaigner for the rights and responsible behaviour of motorised recreational users for over five years and represents users on a number of influential forums across Wales and the UK.

Mark was a founding member of the Countryside Recreational Access Group and also the founder of Powys 4x4 Response Group in 2006 and was subsequently instrumental in rolling that organisation out to cover the whole of Wales during the course of 2009.

Mark is passionate about off road driving although admits that he doesn’t get out as often as he would like because of other commitments but he is keen to retain the right for motorised access by users to the Public Rights of Way network.

Mark got heavily involved in promoting and trying to protect users rights during the passage of the CROW and NERC Acts which have had the effect of significantly diminishing the number of routes that motorised users can legitimately access.

Having worked closely with the Wales Off Road Motoring Steering Group he recognises that any solution to the current situation will require balanced actions in the areas of education, enforcement and provision.

Mark recognises that there is a need to educate users to act responsibly in the countryside to minimise nuisance and environmental impact and believes that the TreadLightly programme offers the ideal mechanism to engage users, local authorities, government agencies and landowners in a partnership approach to find mutually acceptable solutions.

The Trustees believe that Marks experience of setting up new volunteer based organisations together with his professional marketing and project management experience and his extensive contact network will help to get TreadLightly! off to a good start in 2010.

Marks background is in management consultancy and SME business management and more recently he has acted as a freelance adviser to companies helping them with marketing and new product development projects and specialising in raising Grant funding for such projects.

Mark has already been instrumental in attracting support for TreadLightly! from a number of key organisations including Welsh Assembly Government, Countryside Council for Wales, Powys County Council and the main motorised recreational access user groups.