Meade selected to direct policymakers, legislators, and MLA’s
Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) selected David as their key representative when they brought their People and LandscapeRoadshow to Stormont last week in an on-going campaign to raise the issue of valuing our heritage, amongst the public and opinion formers.
Of David’s role in the event, SLLP director Caroline Nolan said;
David created an excitement that I have not witnessed at any other event. David’s authoritative content, innovative engagement style and sheer professional showmanship struck just the right balance with our potentially sceptical audience which included senior politicians, academics and business interests. His personal energy, ability to read the audience and lively interaction kept the audience alert and sharp throughout It energised our communication programme and gave us many leads with other organisations. Behind the scenes David is a pleasure to work with and part of his success is the time that he invests in understanding what his client wants to put across and the enthusiasm, positivity and knowledge that he brings to that task.
Meade curated research that demonstrated how getting in touch with nature and wildlife can reduce stress, and improve children’s attention span and learning ability.
“The cure for many of society’s ills is to be found in our heritage, both natural and built” says David, who lives with his family in Banbridge and is passionate about Strangford and Lecale. In the future the role of our environment in promoting well-being and health will be even more important and for that reason alone we need to conserve our fantastic landscapes and promote wildlife experiences such as getting up close to our amazing marine life either on the shore or at the Exploris aquarium”.
The Strangford and Lecale Partnership is using feedback from the 2,000 people who attended the Roadshow that toured the area in February, those who contacted them, and input from the 20 sectoral organisations and community representatives on its stakeholder Advisory Committee to put together a vision for the area that puts heritage at the heart of its future.
People and organisations are developing a shared vision and objectives that operate in “real time” so that there is already improved collaboration in the development of sustainable tourism, recreation and experimental renewable energy initiatives.
“The key is to integrate work across a range of organisations and make sure that they are working collaboratively and not re-inventing the wheel or pulling in opposite directions,” says Isabel Hood who chairs the SLLP Advisory Committee. “The goal is to hand over this wonderful landscape and rich heritage to the next generation, along with job opportunities and a healthy lifestyle”.
The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership brings the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, local councils and stakeholders together with many agencies and government Departments to work together for the good of the area and its people.