30 July 1998
EDWARD DUKE has resigned as chief executive of the Countryside Alliance after just 12 weeks in the job.
Mr Duke faced immediate criticism over his management style, his £200,000 pay deal and his sacking of the Alliances press officer, Janet George.
He has told the board of the organisation they need a campaigner rather than a businessman as leader. He had faced criticism from county and regional directors of his organisation as well as from the Country Landowners Association.
Mr Duke made his fortune as a company “doctor” – returning loss-making businesses to profit.
- The Daily Telegraph 30/07/98 page1, page 2, page 10