Live Borders CEO Announces Retirement

Live Borders Chief Executive, Ewan Jackson, is to retire at the end of December 2023 after twenty years leading the charity.

He said, “I have made the extremely difficult decision to retire from my role as Chief Executive Officer of Live Borders after 20 years in the role. I was pleased that the Board of Live Borders and Councillors at Scottish Borders Council, further to a comprehensive joint review, last week agreed a wide-ranging set of recommendations with the aim of securing excellent sport, leisure and cultural services into the future through a financially sustainable and high performing partnership.

This agreement spells the beginning of a new transformative future for Live Borders. Consequently, it appears to be an ideal time to let somebody new, with fresh ideas and energy, come in to lead the organisation forward.

During my time as Chief Executive Live Borders has continued to innovate, develop and grow with the charity now operating many more services and facilities, all with the aim of making Borderers healthier, happier and stronger. The last few years have been tough for the charity as we have managed our way through austerity, the covid pandemic and more recently the energy & cost of living crises with the ongoing support of the Council.

I would like to thank the Board for their continued support and guidance over the years. As a board of volunteers they have frequently had to wrestle with very challenging circumstances and take difficult decisions in the best interests of the charity and our communities.

Finally, it has been an absolute privilege to work with so many talented, dedicated and enthusiastic people within the staff teams at Live Borders over the years. I wish my colleagues and the organisation continued success in the years to come.”

Alison Moore, the Chair of Live Borders, said:

“On behalf of the Board I want to pay tribute to Ewan for his many years of service to Live Borders. He has seen the organisation grow from its original remit of providing sport and leisure facilities when it was established in 2003 through the addition of Active Schools and Sports Development in 2011, and then through the formation of the Leisure and Culture Trust in 2016.

“Over that time Ewan has ensured that local people and visitors are able to enjoy the excellent services offered by Live Borders through his leadership and support of the staff. The independent review of the organisation that took place in the summer found that the organisation, and the services we run, are highly thought of by local people.

The organisation is continuing to deliver services which are highly valued and I know I can speak for Board members past and present in recording our sincere thanks to Ewan for his exceptional commitment to the organisation over the years.”