Nineteen jobs to go at Scottish National Trust

The National Trust for Scotland is to shed 19 jobs as part of a three-year drive to cut its running costs by 10 per cent.

Another 50 job descriptions at the charity will change and four regional offices will close as part of a reorganisation that is expected to save £3m a year.

The moves have come after a consultation with staff on how best to reduce the trust’s £30m annual expenses given a drop in the number of people visiting its sites. Before the consultation, the organisation had said that up to 70 employees could lose their jobs (Third Sector Online, 10 July).

Mark Adderley, chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland, said the rearrangements would deliver the necessary cost savings while minimising the impact on staff. “Having listened to staff suggestions, we have produced the first phase of a programme that will deliver a more sustainable organisation,” he said. “We are committed to communicating with our staff and helping those affected by the changes through the process.”

He was unable to rule out further job losses in subsequent phases of the restructuring programme.

The trust has also finished reorganising its leadership team, appointing Andrew Bachell as conservation and projects director and Dee McIntosh as director of policy.

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