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Changes to the staff team

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Ian Townsend, CEO of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, the community interest company that supports the Partnership members, has announced he will soon be moving on to focus on new challenges after more than 3 years in the role.

Following a review of skills and experience within the current staff team and the CEO role by CIC’s board of directors, Lizzi Testani has been appointed to the new role of Chief Operating Officer of the Partnership from 2 September.

On leaving his Partnership role early next month, Ian says:

“It has been a real privilege to lead the team’s work supporting the Partnership’s members, standing on the shoulders of sustainability giants that came before us to achieve all we have since 2016. The sheer scale of the challenge – and opportunity – means the optimistic, supportive and innovative collaboration and the Partnership community offers has never been more relevant than it is today. There will never be a perfect moment to move on, but recent successes and the unprecedented urgency for accelerated action make this a good moment to hand on the baton to Lizzi.”

Mohammed Saddiq, the Chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership, says:

“The CIC Directors would like to thank Ian for over 3 years of dedication. He has stewarded Bristol Green Capital Partnership into a new era, building on the legacy and impact of the Bristol European Green Capital 2015. He leaves the Partnership in a strong and focused position to continue enabling organisations to be more sustainable, amplifying your successes and learnings, and also influencing on your behalf to ensure environmental sustainability is high on decision-makers’ agendas.”

Lizzi joined the Partnership team in March this year as Operations Manager, providing maternity cover for Vicki Woolley who will be returning to this role in due course.

Lizzi was born in Bristol, has previously worked with Bristol-based organisations such as Boston Tea Party and the Soil Association, and most recently spent 18 months in New York working with a workforce development non-profit supporting women to gain employment in non-traditional careers and an organisation funding projects aiming for systemic change in the finance sector to reduce deforestation and illegal fishing.

On her appointment to the COO role, Lizzi says:

“I’m delighted to be working with Bristol Green Capital Partnership and its 900+ members in this new capacity. I am very aware of the hard work by those who came before me, over the course of many years, that has made environmental sustainability the priority it is today and brought us to this important moment of urgency and focus.

Amid the dawning awareness of the scale of the challenge ahead, positive visions of what we stand to gain as a city by taking advantage of the opportunities are emerging.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership, as a thriving community of active businesses and organisations, has a vital role to play in supporting and making these visions real, making room for new communities and organisations to create and share in them and to take action in light of the twin climate and ecological emergencies. I am honoured to work with the fantastic staff team to facilitate this work.”

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