CEO crisis rocks Scottish trust

One of Britain's largest conservation charities is mired in a leadership crisis after the departure of its third chief executive in three years.

Mark Adderley was at the National Trust for Scotland for only 19 months before his sudden exit last week. A press statement from chairwoman Shonaig Macpherson said it was an "appropriate time" to seek new leadership at the trust.

But the charity, the largest membership group in Scotland, is hampered by a deficit of £800,000 and is in the middle of a three-year restructuring to improve finances.

The trust insisted Adderley had not been sacked from his post and said there were no plans to sell any its 129 properties.

Alan Denney, national secretary for Prospect union, said problems apparently stemmed from a "difference of opinion" between Adderley and the board.

Meanwhile, visitor numbers at Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Scottish Borders have risen by more than 72 per cent since the opening of a new visitor centre in May.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.