Walking and cycling charity Sustrans has made a raft of senior appointments across the UK and Ireland, including its first ‘director of urbanism’.
Sustrans said the move reflects its ongoing commitment to people-centred places, as well as an expansion of operations in Scotland and Ireland.
John Lauder (pictured), who has been Sustrans Scotland’s director since 2005, will become Sustrans’ deputy chief executive, as well as national director, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
After a year acting as deputy director, Grace Martin (pictured, right) will move to a new role of director, Scotland.
Following a year’s secondment to City of Edinburgh Council leading the City Centre Transformation project, Daisy Narayanan (pictured, left) has been appointed as Sustrans’ first ever director of urbanism.
Sustrans said she will both support the delivery of high quality design through the charity’s funded programmes, and support development of its strategic priorities in 'defining what liveable towns and cities for everyone means'.
Ashley Hunter joins as director, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Ms Martin, Mr Hunter and Ms Narayanan will report to John Lauder.
He said: ‘Grace Martin brings superb insight and experience to the role of director, Scotland. The appointment of Daisy as Sustrans’ first director of urbanism is hugely significant as she brings a wealth of experience from her secondment to City of Edinburgh Council, where she has helped lead the City Centre Transformation project. Daisy will do much to help Sustrans shape our priority to help make cities and towns right across the UK high quality, people-centred places.
‘In addition, the appointment of Ashley Hunter following the retirement of Gordon Clarke provides a new stimulus for our work throughout the island of Ireland.’
Ms Narayanan said: 'In the appointment of a director of Urbanism, Sustrans has made a bold statement of intent – with a clear commitment to people-centred place making at the heart of what we do. I’m delighted and honoured to take up this appointment and look forward to both learning, and contributing to the charity’s thinking.'