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National trust chief stands down

Hugh Miller's cottage
The birthplace of geologist Hugh Miller is managed by the trust

The chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland has stepped down following mutual agreement with the trust.

Mark Adderley's departure came after "detailed discussions regarding the future strategic direction of the charity".

The trust said it was "an appropriate time to seek new leadership" and thanked Mr Adderley.

He stepped down on 8 September after 18 months in the job.

The process to appoint a successor is under way.

'Leadership skills'

In a statement, Shonaig Macpherson, the National Trust for Scotland chairman, said the board and management had been implementing a three-year plan aimed at ensuring the organisation's long term financial health.

She added: "The first phase of financial planning to put measures in place to reduce the deficit of the trust has been completed.

"The board and the senior management team have agreed that the focus now needs to be turned to implementation of other key aspects of the trust's strategy, which will enforce the trust's position as an important and relevant charity at the heart of the nation.

"Having put the foundations in place, the board and chief executive have collectively identified the leadership skills now required to take the trust forward in its next phase of development.

"This is therefore an appropriate time to seek new leadership for the organisation."

In August, the trust, which made structural changes and shed jobs last year, said it was "cautiously optimistic" about its finances, after it suffered a multi-million pound deficit.

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