Alison Richmond to step down as Chief Executive of Icon (Institute of Conservation)
Alison Richmond will be stepping down in the autumn from the role she has filled since 2010 as Icon’s Chief Executive. In announcing her decision to Icon Trustees, she said:
“I am very sad about leaving Icon but I feel it is a good time to leave. We are in very good shape. We have a fantastic team, demonstrated only last week by the huge effort made by everyone together to move our office efficiently and smoothly. We also have a great bunch of Trustees who are really engaged and have so much to offer, and under Siobhan’s leadership, they are really leading the profession. We have a strategy and an action plan that are already bringing the various parts of Icon together to work in harmony. I have absolutely no doubt that Icon will go from strength to strength.
I have been closely involved in Icon since 2005, first as a founding Trustee and then as CE. It has been a privilege to lead this wonderful organisation. But I am not leaving altogether! I intend to participate in the new Emeritus ACR mentoring and volunteering opportunities. I will also be seeking out trustee roles in other heritage and social welfare bodies where I will continue to advocate for conservation and for Icon.”
Icon’s Trustees are working on the succession programme and will be advertising for a new Chief Executive in the coming weeks. Icon’s Chair, Siobhan Stevenson ACR said:
“Alison has been a wonderful Chief Executive for Icon. She has been an inspirational and conscientious leader and has transformed the running of the organisation over the past eight years. We will be very sad to lose her from the organisation and I have been very personally indebted to her for her support and unstinting service. Alison will be a difficult act to follow, but we are confident that Icon’s standing and reputation will help to attract a talented successor and that the team and Trustees will help to ensure a smooth transition in leadership. I would like to wish Alison every success as she moves into a new phase in her life.”