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RBST CEO Tom Beeston steps down

9th May 2018 / By Alistair Driver

Rare Breeds Survival Trust CEO Tom Beeston has announced his decision to step down after more than four years leading the UK’s only charity dedicated to rare and native breeds of UK farm livestock.

Having been appointed during a challenging time for the charity, Mr Beeston has stabilised the organisation, working closely with trustees, staff and all RBST Support Groups across the UK to provide leadership and direction.

He said: “My four years leading RBST have been possibly the most enjoyable time in my working life. I am passionate about our rare and native breeds and I remain so. I’m happy to have been part of a great organisation, but I feel my job is done, and it is time for someone else to take things forward. When I came here I said I wanted to get the organisation to a positive place where the really great work could then begin, and I know the Charity is now in a good place ready for the next phase.

“However, after a huge amount of work over the last four years to refresh how we work, ably assisted by our excellent staff I am looking forward to no longer having to live away from home and most definitely I am looking forward to spending more time nearer home."

RBST chairman of the Board of Trustees, Gail Sprake, said: “Tom’s input has been significant and he leaves RSBT in a position uniquely poised to play a significant role as we face the challenges of a post Brexit agricultural policy in the UK, a future in which our rare and native breeds can, and must, play a significant role.

"In accordance with Tom’s wishes, he will step down immediately and the Trustees will now consider future leadership plans in the light of our ongoing strategic review."