Monday 13th March 2017, 2:30pm
The John Muir Trust has appointed one of Scotland's most senior and respected nature conservationists as its new Chief Executive.
Andrew Bachell, who for the past 15 years has been Director of Operations and latterly Director of Policy and Advice at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), will take over the post from Stuart Brooks, who after eight years at the helm of the Trust has moved on to a senior role within the National Trust for Scotland.
While at SNH, the Scottish Government funded body responsible for nature in Scotland, Andrew was responsible for landscape and wild land issues, and also advised the Scottish Government on access, ecosystems and biodiversity, rural resources, planning and renewables.
In total he has 35 years of experience working on environmental and conservation issues, having previously worked for National Trust for Scotland as its Director of Countryside, and at the Woodland Trust as its Director in Scotland.
Originally from Hampshire and a graduate of Edinburgh University, he is also currently a member of the Chief Scientists Group made up from the United Kingdom’s four nature agencies and has a strong grasp of land management, conservation and environmental issues in all the locations that the Trust currently operates.
Andrew Bachell said: “I’m looking forward to building on the excellent work that’s been done at the Trust. Across the years I have witnessed an organisation that is bold and relevant. It’s exciting to now join and lead its work to advance the cases for why wild places matter for people and nature. The link between nature and our own well-being has never been more important or more under pressure.”
Peter Pearson, Chair of the John Muir Trust, said: “Andrew’s wealth of senior management experience coupled with his in-depth knowledge and understanding of the conservation of landscapes and nature makes him the ideal person to lead the Trust. We are delighted to have appointed him and look forward to benefiting from his know-how and leadership.”
Peter also thanked Stuart Brooks for his eight successful years as Trust Chief Executive. "Stuart's expertise, professionalism and strategic approach has helped the John Muir Trust make huge strides forward over these past eight years. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Andrew will take up his role on 15 June 2017 after a trip to Northern Norway. Fiona Kindness, Director of Resources at the John Muir Trust, is acting Chief Executive in the interim.