Garden Organic appoints new Chief Executive

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Garden Organic (the former operator of Yalding Organic Gardens) has appointed James Campbell as its new Chief Executive, following a comprehensive recruitment process.

James has joined Garden Organic from the Earthwatch Institute, where he was Acting Chief Development Officer. He joined the Earth watch Institute in 2008 as the Head of Global Corporate Programmes, managing their flagship HSBC Climate Partnership program, a complex international program which concluded in 2011, having met or exceeded more than 200 targets and objectives.

He took up the role of International Director of Corporate Development in 2011 before becoming Acting Chief Development Officer in 2012. Prior to his time at the Earthwatch Institute, James spent ten years working for the Home Office and Department for Education and Skills (DfES), principally in a number of sustainability roles, including working as Sustainability lead for the Learning and Skills Council.

James will begin his new role in November 2013, when he will take over from the current Chief Executive Myles Bremner. Myles is moving on to become Director of the School Food Plan, the new Government initiative designed to increase the quality and take up of school meals and encourage pupils to learn about how to grow their own food.

James Campbell, Chief Executive of Garden Organic, said: “I am excited to be joining Europe’s leading organic gardening and growing charity.

“I am looking forward to building on current successes, particularly engaging with children and young people who will be the future of the organic movement, maintaining research and development initiatives and connecting with a range of new opportunities, particularly in suburban and inner city communities.”

During his time as Acting Chief Development Officer James was involved in the development and delivery of a number of environmental learning programmes, which were carried out in partnership with a number of key corporate partners including HSBC bank, Alcoa, and Ernst and Young. He was also responsible for managing multiple budgets and heading up teams across three global locations.

As a keen organic gardener for many years James has created from scratch his own organic garden at home. He has also been a keenly involved in the organic movement and has been a periodic visitor to Ryton Gardens over the years.
20th August 2013