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Keep Scotland Beautiful appoints two new senior staff


The charity is also bidding farewell to its deputy CEO.

Environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has appointed two new heads of service as it bids farewell to deputy CEO Catherine Gee.

Joining the Executive Team are Glenn Sharpe and Paul Wallace, both existing managers with the charity. 

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 Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2016 as its finance manager he will administer all the day-to-day financial activity and take the strategic lead on 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 Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2013. His time with the charity has seen him develop policy and political engagement work, support business planning activities and more recently lead the campaign and social innovation team. 

He will now take on overall strategic leadership responsibility for all operational activities and for the development of the charity’s programmes.

Barry Fisher, Keep Scotland Beautiful 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.”

“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.”.

After 13 years Catherine Gee is moving on from the charity to take on a new challenge in the private sector. She has held a wide-ranging role with Keep Scotland Beautiful spanning policy and development, finance and operations.

Her legacy includes championing and integrating the Sustainable Development Goals and our net zero plans, pioneering the Climate Emergency Training and most recently leading the development work in policy areas including Climate Change, Nature and Extended Producer Responsibility.

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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