New chief executive for Trees for Cities

Written by Matt Ritchie

Trees for Cities has appointed David Elliott as chief executive.

Elliott has 10 years of experience in the international NGO sector as well as in the private sector. He has been a trustee of both the International Tree Foundation and the African Conservation Foundation.

The third chief executive in the charity’s 23-year history, Elliott replaces Sharon Johnson who will become chief executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Trees for Cities had income of £1.3m in the year to March 2014, according to its most recent accounts with the Charity Commission.

Elliott said the charity has made remarkable progress in the past 20 years, playing a key role in “putting urban trees on the map”.

“The impacts and importance of planting and promoting urban woodland and green spaces are so wide-ranging, and with over half of the world’s population now living in cities – a percentage that is only projected to increase – the organisation’s mission is ever more vital. I greatly look forward to leading Trees for Cities into a new strategic period and through the next phase of its development.”

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