Urban nature charity deputy CEO takes top role after almost two decades

Trees for Cities has promoted its deputy chief executive and development director Kate Sheldon to CEO almost 20 years since she joined the charity.

Sheldon first’s role when she joined in 2004 was a capital woodlands project officer.

She takes over from David Elliot who is leaving after seven years.

“I joined Trees for Cities in 2004 and am immensely proud of the charity's achievements to date; it is an honour and privilege to lead the organisation going forward,” said Sheldon.

“We will continue to collaborate widely across different sectors, offering nature-based solutions for businesses, creating opportunities that inspire young people to pursue green jobs, and designing more trees into our everyday lives.”

A priority of Sheldon will be the next phase of the charity’s three-year strategy, which focuses on climate change and “breaking down barriers to nature in some of the most deprived urban areas of the UK”.

Latest figures from the charity show it working with 21,410 people and planted more than 250,000 trees in towns and cities and delivered 60 school projects.

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