Youth charity promotes Scotland director to UK CEO role

The Outward Bound Trust, which runs outdoor activities for young people, has promoted its director of Scotland and Innovation Martin Davidson to chief executive.

He replaces Nick Barret who is leaving after 16 years leading the charity but will remain with the charity until March during a handover period.

“I am honoured to become the next Chief Executive of The Outward Bound Trust,
having experienced first-hand the impact we can have,” said Davidson, who takes up his new role in February 2023.

“By combining the unpredictability of the outdoors with learning and adventure in the wild, our instructors support young people to build self-belief and resilience, often transforming lives for the better.

“In these uncertain times young people need Outward Bound more than ever, and I will work with our Board of Trustees and staff to ensure we place them at the heart of everything we do.

“Together, we will build on the success of the last decade to develop our work inspiring young people to achieve more than they ever thought possible.”

The charity’s chair Charles Philipps added: “Martin offers a strong understanding of the organisation from his successful tenure as Director of Scotland and Innovation in a period of substantial growth.

“We are excited for him to get to work and build on the tremendous work done by Nick Barrett and team.”

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