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We welcome two new Heads of Service as we bid farewell to our Deputy CEO

We have appointed two new Heads of Service as we bid a very fond farewell to our Deputy CEO Catherine Gee.

Joining the Executive Team are Glenn Sharpe and Paul Wallace, both existing managers.  They bring diverse experience which will help the charity with its work to combat climate change, tackle litter and waste, restore nature and biodiversity and improve places.

Glenn Sharpe has been appointed Head of Finance and Charity Secretary.  Joining us in 2016 as our Finance Manager he will administer all our day-to-day financial activity and take the strategic lead on our financial recording, systems and all external compliance.  With a varied career in a few sectors, which also saw him serve 22 years in the Royal Navy, Glenn completed his professional accounting exams in 2017 and continues to be a key member of the team. 

Paul Wallace has been appointed Head of Operations.  An experienced senior manager with an extensive career in the public and charity sector, he joined us in 2013.  His time with the charity has seen him develop our policy and political engagement work, support our business planning activities and more recently lead our campaign and social innovation team.  He will now take on overall strategic leadership responsibility for all operational activities and for the development of our programmes.

Barry Fisher, our CEO said, “As we work to inspire changes in behaviour to improve our environment, I welcome the dedication and passion that both Glenn and Paul bring.  Offering many years of expertise, we are delighted to be able to recognise their commitment to our charity, our vision and mission and their dedication to keeping Scotland beautiful by making these internal appointments. I look forward to working with them to bring our strategic vision to life.”

Glenn added, “At Keep Scotland Beautiful we have maintained and developed a first-class finance function under Catherine’s leadership. Catherine and I have been a great small finance team and whilst Catherine will personally be sadly missed, I wish Catherine every success in this new career move and I personally relish the opportunity of the challenge ahead.”.

Paul added, “I am delighted to be taking on this fantastic opportunity to lead and manage our operational teams and the diverse range of programmes, projects, services and activities we deliver across sectors, and to communities, across Scotland every day.  Catherine has transformed the way we operate as an organisation nationally and locally, and I look forward to building on that legacy, demonstrating the positive impact we can have across many different environmental issues.”

After 13 years Catherine is moving on from the charity to take on a new challenge in the private sector.  She has held a wide-ranging role with us spanning policy and development, finance and operations.   Her legacy includes championing and integrating the Sustainable Development Goals and our net zero plans, pioneering our Climate Emergency Training and most recently leading our development work in policy areas including Climate Change, Nature and Extended Producer Responsibility. 

Barry added, “Catherine has been a much-loved and valued member of our team for more than a decade, and I’d like to thank her for her unwavering commitment and dedication to Keep Scotland Beautiful. Every member of #TeamKSB, and our Charity Trustees, wish her well for the future.  We know that she will continue to advocate for our environment and our charity, and we wish her lots of luck with the next chapter.”

Catherine said, “At the heart of Keep Scotland Beautiful, it is the people that make the difference and that is probably going to be the thing that I will miss the most – and being able to lead with integrity and determination to help improve and increase the positive environmental and social impact that the charity has across the country and more widely.  As I make a move into a new sector, I will always champion the role of the third sector and the untapped opportunity for the private sector to embrace partnerships to help them achieve better environmental and social sustainability and impact.”

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24 June 2024

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