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Tom Brock to retire from the Scottish Seabird Centre after 20 years at the helm


Tom Brock, the Chief Executive of the five-star Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, has announced his retirement after almost 20 years at the helm.


Driven by his passion for wildlife, the Centre plays a key role in environmental education and conservation, raising awareness of the spectacular wildlife in the area and is an award-winning five star tourist attraction contributing significantly to the local economy.


Announcing his retirement, David Windmill, Chair of the Scottish Seabird Centre said: “Tom will be leaving the Scottish Seabird Centre after nearly twenty years as Chief Executive. Appointed in 1998, he was the Centre’s first member of staff. His leadership and commitment over the last twenty years have been fundamental to the many successes that the five star Centre has achieved since opening in May 2000 including numerous prestigious national awards, not least the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (three times). The Centre is now established as one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions, informing and inspiring people of all ages about our amazing wildlife.


“Tom has also played a key role in environmental campaigns and in helping to develop Scotland as a successful and sustainable wildlife tourism destination, raising awareness and appreciation of our wildlife and natural environment as well as the urgent need to deal with the threats that they face.


“He leaves with the respect and affection of the trustees, staff and volunteers with whom he has worked over the years. I would like to thank him sincerely and wish him well for the future.”


Speaking of his retirement, Tom said: “It is with mixed emotions that I leave the Centre and our wonderful team of staff and volunteers. However, as a zoologist, I’m keen now to spend more time watching and studying wildlife; and to get out on my bike more to explore and enjoy East Lothian’s outstanding countryside.”


“I will leave with many great memories from the last twenty years including the Royal Opening in 2000, the Queen’s visit in 2009 and the visits of many famous naturalists who have supported our work including Bill Oddie, Chris Packham, Simon King and, of course, David Attenborough.


“I am extremely grateful to everyone that has supported the Centre over the years: all our trustees; members; visitors; and funders. However, I would particularly like to thank all our amazing staff and volunteers for helping to ensure that the Centre has survived and continues to inspire and inform people of all ages about our fantastic wildlife and the urgent need to look after it. They all should be justifiably proud of everything that they have achieved and continue to achieve on a daily basis in every part of the Centre.”


“It is wonderful that we now have staff and volunteers helping in the Centre that were first inspired when they visited us as children.


“I wish the Centre every success for the future.”


Tom leaves the Centre in early July.

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