The Chief Executive of Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Simon Rennie, has announced he will stand down from his position this autumn when he plans to retire. The trust was established in 2014, with Simon’s tenure spanning over 18 years including the charity’s prior operations as the Central Scotland Forest Trust.

Simon has planned his retiral for the end of August to allow an orderly and successful transition to the next chief executive while CSGNT continues to deliver its purpose during that time. The vacancy is scheduled to be advertised by the beginning of March.

CSGNT was created to provide capacity to help realise the vision for the Central Scotland Green Network. Its role and activities are intended to be complementary to, and supportive of, the wider CSGN network. The trust’s principal aim is to add value, and through delivery, create change.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said: “Simon has been at the very forefront of developing the Central Scotland Green Network since it was proposed as an initiative in January 2008.

“His contribution to establishing the trust, and commitment to engaging partners in driving forward the CSGN’s delivery has been crucial to its success to date as one of the largest greenspace projects of its kind in Europe.”

Simon added: “It has been an absolute honour and privilege to work with so many talented colleagues and partners who, by supporting and delivering the CSGN, are helping to tackle social inequality, support economic growth and meet the challenges of climate change.

“It has been a deliberate decision on my part to plan my exit well in advance so we can maintain the momentum we have all achieved. I will be leaving the trust confident in its ability to help transform central Scotland – improving the lives of 3.5 million people and allowing nature to flourish.”

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