Royal Parks chief executive William Weston will leave his role in January. He took up a five-year appointment in 2000.
The former Royal Shakespeare Company general manager plans “another radical change of direction” and will not be continuing his career in horticulture.
During his stint, Weston oversaw occasions including the Queen’s golden jubilee celebrations, the funeral of the Queen Mother, the merger of the Royal Parks Constabulary with the Metropolitan Police and the opening of the embattled Diana memorial fountain.
He said: “When I started as chief executive, I had big plans for the Royal Parks and I have delivered them: there is now a clear focus on renewing the parks’ 2,000ha, projects such as the Regent’s Park sports facilities and Inn on the Park have come to fruition and the parks now have an improved management system and increased business savvy
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