Important Announcement From Colin Crooks!

Our Founder and Chief Executive, Colin Crooks, has announced he is stepping down after 9 years developing Tree Shepherd’s unique service.

Colin established Tree Shepherd in November 2011.

Now, as he approaches 60, he is seeking new challenges for his social entrepreneurial approach.

Colin will officially step down in April 2021 but will stay connected to Tree Shepherd as senior business advisor.  The trustees are delighted to announce that Sandra Ferguson, currently Tree Shepherd’s Programme Development Manager will take on the role of CEO.

‘I have so enjoyed growing Tree Shepherd from a tiny seed to the flourishing organisation it is now.,’ said Colin.

‘I have always thought there was a mass of untapped business potential in local communities that is often disregarded. Meeting so many hundreds of talented, ambitious people who want to create something new has been really exciting for me. There is still so much great work to do, and Tree Shepherd needs new energy and different skills for the next phase of growth.

‘I cannot think of a better person to take over the reins than Sandra; she understands our mission, understands the communities we work in and has a great ability to pull people together to take on big challenges.

She is supported by the best team of people I have ever had the privilege of working with and I’m really confident that they will take Tree Shepherd to the next level.”

Sandra said: “Tree Shepherd has a legacy of helping local communities realise their ambitions and starting new businesses. I look forward to continue working with our partners to support the resilience of our clients and provide the resources and tools needed for their future”


The chair of the Tree Shepherd board, David Brocklebank said: ‘“I’ve worked with Colin for over a decade and he has never been anything other than fully committed to the causes he champions. He leaves large shoes to fill but we are delighted that Sandra is taking over and confident that she will put her own inimitable stamp onto Tree Shepherd.”

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