Julia Bradbury, the well known outdoor enthusiast and TV presenter, has been named as the the Camping and Caravanning Club’s new president. Club members elected 43 year old Julia at the AGM which was held in County Durham last Saturday and succeeds David Bellamy, the famous botanist who has held the position for the past 11 years.
Julia seems a natural choice with both her passion for the outdoor life and the strong relationship she already has with the club’s members due helping to launch, and promote, major club initiatives during the past 4 years which include New to Camping, Real Richness and the Real Richness – The Awards.
She is best known as one of BBC One’s Countryfile presenters, and recently hosted the ITV teatime game show, Take on the Twisters. In addition, she has presented Wainwright’s Walks, Railway Walks, The Rough Guide to …, Secret Britain, South Africa Walks, The Great British Countryside, That’s Britain, Watchdog, Planet Earth Live, Fightback Britain and Mystery Map to name but a few.
Bradbury is delighted to have been elected as the Club’s 11th President and said: “I have always been a keen advocate of the outdoor lifestyle ever since my dad took me out walking into the Peak District after school and at weekends, and camping and caravanning is a priceless chance to get closer to nature and back in touch with who you really are.
“I have had the pleasure of working with the Club for several years, so to now have been elected as President is a true honour and one that I plan to immerse myself in.
“As I’m following in David’s footsteps, I’ve certainly got high expectations to live up to!”
Bellamy will now become a Vice President of the Club.
He said: “I’ve enjoyed every second of my time with the Club and will treasure some fond memories – it’s an historic organisation and it’s been an honour to meet many of the members than help to run, support and enjoy this popular pastime.
“I wish Julia all the best of luck in her position; I’m convinced she’ll be an exceptional addition to the Club.”
Robert Louden MBE, the Club’s Director General, added: “We’re delighted to officially welcome Julia and we look forward to working with her over the coming years. It is a terrific coup for us.
“The President is the figurehead of the Club and we couldn’t think of anyone more naturally suited to the role than Julia. She symbolises what we are all about and continues to grow in stature as an outdoor supporter and television personality.
“We’d also like to thank David for his true dedication and commitment over the last 11 years. There is simply never a dull moment when David Bellamy is around.”
Bradbury will make regular appearances for the Club throughout the year and will also write a quarterly column in the Club’s monthly magazine, Camping & Caravanning, which has a circulation of 267,184.