Founder Grimshaw to leave Sustrans

John Grimshaw, the founder and chief executive of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, has announced that he will step down later this year.

Grimshaw. Photograph: J Bewley/Sustrans
Grimshaw. Photograph: J Bewley/Sustrans
Grimshaw has been at the helm of the Bristol-based charity for 30 years. He said the time was right for him to leave now that the charity’s agenda was being adopted by mainstream society. Sustrans won the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s £50m Lottery Giveaway last year to help it build its Connect2 network of walking and cycling routes for small journeys.

“It is gratifying to see that the argument is finally being won,” he said. “Everything that Sustrans stands for and wants to see happen is being talked about at the highest level in government. I have for some time been planning to step down from my role, but now, at the beginning of Sustrans’ next 30 years, the time seems absolutely right.

“I believe the next few decades are crucial to all our futures, and I look forward to seeing Sustrans take centre stage in delivering even more change under the leadership of a new chief executive.”

A spokesman for Sustrans said he was unsure what Grimshaw would do next. He said: “He is not leaving to take up another position, so we hope he will continue to be involved.”

The recruitment process for Grimshaw’s replacement will begin next week. The deadline for applications will be 20 February, with interviews to be held in mid-April. The spokesman said the charity intended to take its time over the appointment. He said: “It will take as long as it takes to find the right person. John will probably stay on for another six months.”

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