Richard Dixon, who has been at WWF Scotland since 2002 – and the organisation’s director since 2005, has been confirmed as the permanent replacement for Stan Blackley who left his job as chief executive in May – after only a year in the role.
It will be Dixon’s second stint at Friends of the Earth Scotland, having been head of research there for eight years, and he is expected to take up his position in the New Year.
During his time at WWF, he helped push the Scottish Parliament to pass tough climate change laws, campaigned successfully against a new power station at Hunterston and make Scotland’s fisheries more sustainable.
He said:” I’m very much looking forward to returning to grassroots campaigning at Friends of the Earth Scotland, an organisation that has always been close to my heart. “Pushing government to act on climate change, challenging companies which trash the environment and promoting the cause of those least able to get justice on the environment are all on the agenda, as we campaign for a world where everyone can enjoy a healthy environment and a fair share of the earth’s resources.
“Friends of the Earth Scotland is a part of the world’s largest grassroots campaigning network, active in nearly 80 countries around the world. I am proud to be rejoining that network and relish the prospect of making sure that Friends of the Earth Scotland contributes to international campaigns as well as those at home.
“There is plenty more to do to make Scotland the zero-carbon, resource efficient global example we would like to see and I’m sure WWF will continue to make a big impact on bringing about positive change.”
During his first stint at Friends of the Earth, he helped to treble the number of Scottish beaches officially recognised by the government and wrote the first comprehensive report on air pollution north of the border.
Matthew Crighton, Chair of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “After a year of restructuring and downsizing, we are refocusing our efforts on key campaign priorities for Scotland’s environment and our climate change commitments. Recruiting Richard as Director is a key step in building up our capacity for these tasks. We are all very much looking forward to working with him.”
WWF Uk chief executive David Nussbaum, said he hoped to make an announcement on Dixon’s replacement before the end of the year and said: “Our loss is definitely the Scottish environmental movement’s gain. Under Richard’s leadership, the WWF team in Scotland have gone from strength to strength, delivering successes on climate, energy and marine issues. We’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with Richard in his new role.”