Wildscreen CEO Richard Edwards steps down

After 13 years with the international wildlife education and conservation charity, which organizes the biennial UK-based Wildscreen festival, CEO Richard Edwards (pictured) is stepping down to take a job at WWF UK.
September 17, 2013

Wildscreen CEO Richard Edwards (pictured) is resigning to take a job at WWF UK.

During his 13-year tenure with the UK-based international wildlife education and conservation charity, Edwards has overseen the launch of its digital conservation project ARKive, and expanded the week-long Wildscreen conference in Bristol, the Wildscreen Panda Awards film competition and photo symposium WildPhotos. He took up the CEO post in 2011.

“I have enjoyed a wonderful career at Wildscreen, had some incredible experiences, and worked with some amazing people – real industry greats,” he said. “However, after 13 years, and with Wildscreen in excellent shape for the future, I feel the time is right for me to move on to new opportunities.”

The charity is now seeking a replacement, who will report to Wildscreen chair Dick Emery.

“The trustees fully understand Richard’s position. He has done a tremendous job for Wildscreen over the years, and we wish him every possible success with his new endeavors,” Emery said. “Building on the solid foundations put in place by Richard, and with the continued involvement and support of the board, I am fully confident that Wildscreen will maintain the necessary direction and momentum in our endeavors to engage ever greater audiences with the wonders of the natural world and the need for their conservation.”

Wildscreen works with environmental and natural history filmmakers and photographers around the world to promote an appreciation of biodiversity and nature.

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