NATURE Preservation Foundation (NPF) last week announced the appointment of Robert Lalor as chief executive officer of the organisation.
The NPF is a not-for-profit, Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) which holds a 49-year lease on the Royal Botanical Gardens of Hope and Hope Zoo, popularly known as Hope Gardens and Hope Zoo.
A graduate of UWI Mona, Robert Lalor holds a BSc in Management Studies, as well as an MBA from the London Business School in England. He first worked with Wisynco and the ICWI Group before leaving Jamaica in 1989 to further his studies.
Lalor has extensive business acumen, having developed over 20 years of experience in business education, management consulting and entrepreneurship, spanning a wide range of industries and higher level institutions, both locally and in the UK. NPF's strategic plans for development of Hope Gardens -- which include a high quality public park experience, nature education and related services -- are expected to benefit strongly from Lalor's background.
NPF Chairman Leslie Chung explained in a press release that, in his new post as CEO, Lalor will have direct responsibility for the redevelopment of the Hope Estate which comprises primarily Hope Gardens and Hope Zoo. According to Chung, Lalor is charged with direct development of Hope Gardens and for partnership development of the Hope Zoo -- both of which money raised from the current Bring Back the Hope fund-raising campaign will help facilitate. The Bring Back the Hope campaign seeks, inter alia, to raise funds to improve the aesthetics and the botanic content of the Gardens, as well as to rekindle national pride in Hope Gardens' position as the largest botanical garden in the English-speaking Caribbean.
"We anticipate a transformational campaign and transition of these entities to world class standards over the short to medium term," the NPF Chairman added.