Military man to take over at Calvert Trust

08:42 27 October 2012

Tony Potter.

Tony Potter.

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New hand at the helm for North Devon charity.

A former Army boss is to become the new chief executive of Calvert Trust Exmoor next week.

Tony Potter will join the charity, which helps disabled people to enjoy outdoor pursuits, from British Forces Cyprus where he worked as chief of operations and training.

He takes over on November 7 from Tim Harris, who is leaving after four-and-a-half years to pursue a masters degree in history at Exeter University.

During a career spanning more than 30 years Mr Potter has deployed worldwide and held a wide variety of appointments, including working alongside the UN and aid agencies in Africa.

More recently he provided support to UK planning and operations throughout the 2012 ‘Arab Spring’.

“I’m excited about taking up this new challenge and I’m looking forward to being part of an award winning charity that makes a real difference to the lives of many disabled people,” he said.

Mr Harris said he was looking forward to seeing how the centre near Kentisbury developed further under Mr Potter’s leadership.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed leading this fantastic organisation that truly demonstrates ‘it’s what you can do that counts’,” he said.

“Having successfully completed the recent £1m Acland Room building project it seemed like the ideal moment to ‘hand over the reins’ to my successor.”

Mr Potter’s tenure should see the implementation of Calvert Trust Exmoor’s new five year plan, which includes new facilities such as an off road driving course and an accessible camping experience, as well as re-development of climbing walls and riding facilities.

Married with three children, he is a keen sportsman with interests across a wide variety of activities, including representing Great Britain at the 1982 World Ski Orienteering Championships.

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