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Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC appoints Chief Executive


Following a recruitment process earlier this year, Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Townsend as Chief Executive.

Ian Townsend - Bristol Green Capital PartnershipStarting in post from 29th June 2016, Ian will lead the executive operations of the Partnership – working with a non-executive Board of senior individuals from Bristol City Council, University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Triodos Bank, West of England Initiative, Resource Futures, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Avon Wildlife Trust and Sustrans, as well as two elected Directors from the wider membership network.

Professor Jim Longhurst, Interim Chair of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, says:

“I am delighted to announce that Ian Townsend has accepted the unanimous offer of the Board to become the first Chief Executive of the Partnership. I look forward to working with Ian to help grow the reach and impact of the Partnership across the city and beyond.”

This is a pivotal role providing strategic leadership at an important time for the Partnership post the European Green Capital in 2015 and with a positive core set of partners and exciting projects in development.

Joy Carey, Bristol Food Network and Independent Food Consultant, and an elected Director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC, says:

“As a recently elected Director and longstanding member of BGCP I look forward to working with and supporting Ian in developing and delivering an exciting cross-city programme. With his leadership and through collective effort we will work hard to reach BGCP’s sustainability objectives around food, resources, nature, energy and transport.”

Ian has worked at senior levels in international development, government and parliament. Most recently he ran his own consultancy business, undertaking global poverty and inequality research and organisational reviews, and he previously managed a large research team at Development Initiatives, working on the Sustainable Development Goals and specialising in poverty, nutrition and private financing. Ian has a record of campaigning on issues like sustainable transport, with the Bristol Cycling Campaign (and LCC before), representing it on the Sustrans bike life report steering group.

Ian said: “It is fantastic to be taking on this important new role at a genuinely exciting moment for the Bristol Green Capital Partnership. We will be building on the hard work already done in preparation for and then during 2015 as European Green Capital. I look forward to driving forward the sustainable development agenda in my home city together with our supportive board and thriving wider membership, reaching out to all parts and people of our city. Success will be not only essential for our own well-being and that of future Bristolians, but also our contribution to sustainable development globally.”


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