Euan Loudon is to step down as Chief Executive of the St Andrews Links Trust after a decade in the role.
Mr Loudon will leave the Trust, which manages the Old Course and the other six public courses in St Andrews, at the end of this year.
Since he joined in January 2011, the Trust has made substantial developments in its infrastructure at the world famous Links, as well as expanding its commercial enterprises in retail, licensing and Partnerships. It also, in 2018, reintegrated all the Old Course commercial times and developed a closer working relationship with multiple tour operators from around the world.
Loudon told staff at the Links Trust that he had had “the enormous good fortune to work in a truly inspiring organisation for over 10 years now.” “We are blessed with an outstanding set of Links courses but it is people; open, honest, passionate and committed people that provide the essential elements of what we do here. I feel immensely proud to have had the opportunity to be part of the working lives at St Andrews Links Trust over the last decade.”
In the last 13 months, Loudon has overseen one of the most challenging periods in the Trust’s history, steering it through the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout this period the Trust’s primary concern has been the well-being of its community of colleagues and golfers and limiting the impact of the virus on society. In spite of the impact of travel restrictions on golfers, the Trust has been determined to provide continuity of a high quality service for its customers
“We have been through a tough 13 months at the Trust but the efforts of our wonderful team have allowed us to now stand on the threshold of an exciting journey of recovery and growth,” added Mr Loudon. “I look forward to handing over the leadership baton to the next generation.”
Details on Mr Loudon’s successor have not been released.