Trewin Restorick, CEO of environmental charity Hubbub, has announced he is stepping down from the role this summer after eight years.
The charity – which functions much like a creative agency and works with corporates on environmental campaigns – was co-founded by Restorick, the result of what he called a “belated mid-life crisis”, with just £2,500 in 2014.
“I am intensely proud of what Hubbub has achieved,” said Restorick. “Deciding to move on from such an incredible organisation at a time when it is growing and delivering even greater impact has been difficult. But it is never healthy having a founder hang around for too long. As organisations develop, different skills are needed to take things to scale. A fresh set of eyes can find new opportunities and enhance different ways of working.”
Hubbub campaigns under Restorick’s leadership have included community fridges, which Hubbub first piloted in 2016 before establishing the world’s first Community Fridge Network, which now boasts 250 members across the UK with plans to double this in partnership with the Co-op. Another food waste campaign, Pumpkin Rescue, continues to be marked each Halloween across the UK.
“On a personal level, I do not intend to invest in slippers and a rocking chair,” Restorick said, revealing he was planning to create a “new enterprise”.
“This will further add to the impact of Hubbub, opening new opportunities for the charity to develop whilst also pushing boundaries to hasten the changes that we must see to address the environmental and social challenges we face,” he said.
The charity is now seeking a new CEO. The position has five direct reports, within a wider team of about 50, and a salary of £94,500.
“We are all very grateful to Trewin for everything he has helped Hubbub achieve so far, and we are sad to see him go – but we are excited to see what he does next, and how we can work together in the future,” said Catherine Brown, Hubbub chair of trustees.
“We are also excited about recruiting our next chief executive to work with our brilliant team, build on everything we have already achieved, and help shape our vision and increase our impact even further in the future,” Brown added. “In the face of the climate emergency, there is no doubt that the world needs positive action at pace and scale, and this role presents an opportunity for an experienced and passionate leader to make a real difference.”