BSAS chief executive to stand down

BSAS chief executive Bruce Beveridge is standing down from the society after almost two years in the role.

In a letter to members, Bruce said after much deliberation he had decided to leave the post due to personal circumstances.

He will remain as chief executive until the end of October, during which time his replacement will be found by the society's board of directors.

In the letter he thanked members and the society for their support, and said he was sorry to leave the society before its 75th anniversary celebrations in Edinburgh next year.

An advertisement for Bruce's replacement has been published this week.

Bruce's letter in full:

“Dear member,

I am writing to you to let you know of my decision to stand down as chief executive and leave the Society with effect from the end of October.

In assessing the needs of the Society, its members and its staff, it has become clear to me that the role of the chief executive requires to operate within a different structure. After much deliberation I concluded that this structure would simply not suit my personal and domestic circumstances.

There is always a strong temptation at such times, especially when having the opportunity to work with such a wide range of welcoming, eminent and engaged members, to remain and try to “make things work“. This is almost invariably a mistake as fundamental structural issues can rarely be circumvented satisfactorily. In this case, one of the issues that is incompatible with my domestic circumstances is I need, going forward, for the chief executive to be physically present in the office on a permanent basis. I am unequivocal about the need for that in supporting the Society’s evolution and equally clear that it simply will not work for me (and therefore not for the Society).

I have very much enjoyed my time at the Society, where I have been warmly welcome and by members. I know that the society will continue to evolve, as it has done over many years and I anticipate that the 75th anniversary next year will prove a springboard for that. I will be particularly disappointed not to be part of the 75th anniversary conference in Edinburgh – I would encourage as many of you as possible to attend what I am convinced will be an outstanding event – given I will be remaining a member of the Society there is every possibility that I may be there.

To those of you who am I will not have the chance to meet or speak to personally, I offer my profound thanks for the warmth of your welcome and the extent and willingness of your support. I hope that in some small way I have assisted the Society to progress in some areas and will be sorry to leave at this point; I will though watch progress with interest!

With very best wishes,

Bruce"