After five years as CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust Simon Greenish will be retiring later this year. In his five years leading the Trust, Simon has transformed what was a badly performing organisation into a thriving business with a high and growing profile and now recognised as one of the most important historic sites of the twentieth century.
Other achievements made by the Trust whilst being driven by Simon include attracting substantial investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Milton Keynes Council and attracting a three-fold increase in visitor numbers. Exciting plans are currently underway for the restoration and regeneration of the site into a world-class heritage and exhibition centre reflecting the profound significance of its impact on WW2, the twentieth century and the way we all live today.
Simon Greenish says, “When I joined the Trust I agreed with the then Chairman that five years was an appropriate time to stay and suddenly here we are, five years on. However, a combination of this and my age (62 this year) and I have decided it is time I stood down to allow new blood to take over and build on the huge achievements we have made at the Park and I have agreed with the Trustees a programme to replace me. I have had huge support from the Trustees, staff and volunteers and must express my thanks to all who have supported me so enthusiastically through the various challenges we have faced. I believe we have, as a team, really transformed the Park and ensured its future. There will, of course, always be challenges but with such a solid base prepared for developing the Museum, now is the right time to take those challenges forward with new and fresh leadership. I have however, committed to continue to support the Trust for the remaining time (probably until September) and I hope that after that I will be able to continue to support in a different role from then on.
“Bletchley Park is a very special place and deserves the best and I am confident that the selection process now ongoing will bring in a new Chief Executive who will take forward the huge gains we have made to date. My time here has certainly been challenging but without doubt the most enjoyable in my somewhat long career and I am confident that the Trust will now go from strength to strength with new leadership. Until the new person takes over, it remains business as usual.”
Simon will continue to lead the Trust whilst the Trustees seek to recruit the next CEO.