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Venture Trust appoints new Chair

Venture Trust, the Scotland wide charity based in Edinburgh, is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Davies as its new Chair of the Board.

Susan joined the Venture Trust board in September 2015. She could not be better placed to take on the role of Chair of the Board, guiding Venture Trust charity towards a successful and sustainable future.

Susan has almost 30 years’ experience in the public and third sector, with 18 years at senior level. A biology and environmental graduate from the Universities of St Andrews and Aberdeen respectively, Susan began her career working for the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee in Peterborough. There she was responsible for environmental and biodiversity policy development and coordinating strands of work associated with the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives.

In 2000 she returned to Scotland to work for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), taking on senior management responsibilities for work on biodiversity conservation, recreation and access, and engagement of people with the outdoors through Scotland’s ‘natural health service’.

Susan brings a considerable amount of expertise in strategy, organisational development, partnership working and corporate governance, and has spent the last 12 years at director level.

More recently, in 2015, Susan became acting Chief Executive and accountable officer for SNH, and in 2016 moved to the Scottish Wildlife Trust as Conservation Director. She is responsible for wildlife reserves, species conservation programmes, knowledge and evidence and Living Landscapes. In the latter programmes there is a strong focus on engaging with disadvantaged groups in the natural environment. In January 2019 Susan will be taking on the role of Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre.

Amelia Morgan, Chief Executive Officer at Venture Trust, comments, “We are delighted that Susan will be taking on the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees. She has been with us for over three years, and in that time has demonstrated huge worth in guiding Venture Trust strategically. We very much look forward to working together to build a stronger, more resilient Venture Trust.”

Susan comments, “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Chair of Venture Trust a charity which uses its considerable expertise to support people with challenging lifestyles to look forward and achieve their real potential. Using the natural environment as part of these programmes is something that I strongly believe in. The Venture Trust delivery model and diversity of programmes are unique. I look forward to working with Trustees and staff to raise the profile and strengthen the reach of these in the years ahead.”

Venture Trust bids a fond farewell to Mairi Brackenridge, the organisation’s outgoing chair. Susan adds, “Mairi Brackenridge led the Venture Trust Board for 8 years. Her insights and drive to see the Trust support a broader range of people and to deliver the long term goals of the Trust will be sorely missed by the Trustees and staff alike.”

For more information about Venture Trust's programmes, please visit our programme pages.


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