News and blogs Latest news An Excellent change at the top Published: February 2016 Excellent announces the appointment of David Jordan, former Executive Director of Operations at the Environment Agency (2008-2015) as our new Chair... We're proud to announce the appointment of David Jordan OBE, former Executive Director of Operations at the Environment Agency (2008-2015) as our new Chair.David has already been involved with Excellent Development for the past five years, as a donor and a business mentor to Executive Director, Simon Maddrell. He brings a strong track record in operational delivery, change management, strategic development and leadership from a variety of Executive and board-level roles.David says:"I have watched Excellent develop and expand over the years and it is a thrill to see something so positive and sustainable grow. There is so much more that Excellent can do for soil and water conservation on a global scale and I look forward to taking it to the next stage. Sand dams may be a traditional solution but they are an extremely effective one and together with sustainable agriculture and livestock management, more and more lives can be saved and transformed." "There are exciting times ahead for Excellent - the Board Members, staff, partners and I have a great deal of work to do to ensure more people can benefit from Excellent solutions." David replaced Stephen Owen, who was Chair of Excellent Development from its foundation in 2002 to 2015, where he oversaw the expansion of Excellent Development’s overseas programmes, an 11% year-on-year increase in charitable expenditure, as well as reduction of our core costs.