RHS company secretary Andrew Smith takes voluntary redundancy

RHS company secretary Andrew Smith has taken voluntary redundancy after six years in the role.

The role of company secretary will be filled on an interim basis by David Farrington, who has worked for a number of charities in the past, including Royal National Institute for Deaf People and Macmillan Cancer Support.   

RHS head of press Lynn Beddoe said: "No-one was refused voluntary redundancy because it improves opportunities for redeployment. This has been planned for six months."

She added: "This is an influential role and [RHS president] Giles Coode-Adams wanted to send round a note saying thank you and farewell."

Smith is taking a break before taking a new job.

Meanwhile, Wisley fruit and trials supervisor Andrew McSeveney has replaced Fiona Wilson as RHS principal trials officer. Beddoe said: "This would have been advertised if we had not had a successful internal candidate."

The RHS has lost 131 staff in recent redundancy procedure and is now advertising for 30 new staff.

 

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