The Trustees of Reservations Welcome David Beardsley as Director of Strategic Programs and Enterprise for the Ipswich Center

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Kristi Perry
Manager, Public Relations

Beverly, MA – The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust, are pleased to announce that David Beardsley has joined the organization as Director of the Ipswich Center for Enterprise and Engagement, which includes oversight of the Crane Estate and Appleton Farms.  

In his new role, Beardsley is leading efforts at the Trustees signature Crane Estate and Appleton Farms properties, helping to further establish the properties as both vital community, regional and national assets and destinations for those who are interested in history, culture, preservation, farming, recreation and conservation.

“We are thrilled to have someone of David’s expertise, energy, and vision join The Trustees as the Director of Strategic Programs and Enterprise,” says Kathy Abbott, Trustees of Reservations Executive Vice President. “His past experience in the private sector and growing a vibrant community resource will be an asset to our organization.” 

Prior to joining The Trustees of Reservations, Mr. Beardsley was Executive Director of Hill House, a non-profit community center in Boston offering programs and summer camps for children, as well as community events and outreach activities for families and other residents. Through his leadership, the organization created operating systems and addressed staffing needs that helped it deal effectively with rapid growth in program participation. He also led efforts to evaluate and strengthen the quality programs, events and customer service. Mr. Beardsley helped spearhead development of a 5-year strategic plan for Hill House, and led the launch of a new web site and efforts to strengthen web-based marketing. Before Hill House, Mr. Beardsley was at HCPro, a leading health care publisher based in Marblehead, where he played a key role in business development, new market expansion, product marketing and product development.

Mr. Beardsley lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.

The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 104 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.

All Trustees reservations are open for the public to enjoy and range from working farms and historic homesteads – several of which are National Historic Landmarks – to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, mountain vistas, and a Gold LEED-certified green building in Leominster, the Doyle Center. The Trustees also work to promote healthy, active, green communities around the state, by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. Most programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.

An established leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth.

One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 175 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, or become a member, please contact