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MEDIA RELEASE: PETER MILLS ANNOUNCED AS NEW GRAA CHAIRMAN

Rangers in attendance at the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Game Rangers Association of Africa will have noted that after a wonderful six years at the helm of our organisation, Chris Galliers has stepped down as GRAA Chairman. This was due to him having served as Chairman for three consecutive terms of two years. The GRAA constitution mandates that after six years in the position, a Chairperson should step down and can't be considered for the role for a period of at least two years.

The GRAA would like to thank Chris for his dedication to Africa's rangers and our organisation. As a leader he has guided us through a transitional period that has resulted in the GRAA being truly positioned as a vibrant and relevant pan African ranger association. Chris, on behalf of our members and indeed all African rangers, we thank you for your service! Encouragingly Chris will continue to serve rangers by remaining in his position as International Ranger Federation - Africa Representative and will continue to work on our executive committee having been duly elected by members.

Chris Galliers

Chris Galliers, outgoing GRAA Chairman

Marius Fuls, Peter Mills and Ruben De Kock will join Chris Galliers and Eric Madamalala on the executive committee alongside regional representatives Muterian Ntanin (East Africa), Koutoua Benoit Amon (West Africa) and Pepin Magamamucketu (Central Africa).

Peter Mills has been elected by the executive committee as the new Chairman of the GRAA. Peter has served on the committee for the last four years and has been intricately involved with guiding our strategic direction alongside the other committee members.

Peter Mills

Peter Mills, incoming GRAA Chairman

Peter's illustrious career in conservation began in 1982 as a ranger at Doorndraai Dam Nature Reserve. He worked at Mogal Dam, Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve and Nylsvley before accepting a post in scientific services at Head Office in Pretoria. During his tenure in Pretoria he was responsible for Environmental Education policy and planning for the then Transvaal Department of Nature Conservation.

After 1994, and in the new Gauteng Department of Nature Conservation, his responsibilities as Assistant Director changed to project management that included land acquisition, land reform and infrastructure development. During this period, he established Leeufontein Nature Reserve, purchased land for the expansion of Suikerbosrand and was responsible for all infrastructure upgrades in the conservation areas of the Province. In 2003 he was appointed as Deputy Director responsible for all environmental matters at Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Having studied extensively during his career Peter holds a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management from Pretoria University. Currently he lectures on a part-time basis at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the South African Wildlife College. He is also the Chairperson of the TUT Conservation Advisory Board and a committee member of the SAHGCA Conservation Advisory Board. He is the elected GRAA IUCN representative and participates in that capacity both locally and regionally. He is well known to the international ranger community having attended and participated in multiple World Ranger Congresses.

Peter's passion for the outdoors, fishing and wildlife is profound. He brings great experience to the role of Chairman having been active in conservation circles for 36 years. Peter is married to Lorraine who is a dedicated conservationist in her own right and works for the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as a botanist.

Peter's objective as Chairman is to be part of a team that will build the GRAA into an organisation that will make a significant and positive impact on wildlife conservation in Africa. He believes that the association must remain relevant to our members as well as to all people and organisations involved in African conservation.

Welcome Peter! We wish you every success as Chairman of the GRAA!

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For more information please contact GRAA Chief Executive Officer:

Andrew Campbell

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