Ian Findlay CBE, our Chief Officer has passed away

Paths for All are devastated to announce the sudden death of Ian Findlay CBE, our Chief Officer and friend.

Ian Findlay CBE

With profound sadness we announce the death of Ian Findlay CBE, he passed away very suddenly on Friday 5 March whilst out on his bike.

Ian, who was approaching his 60th birthday milestone, has been Paths for All’s Chief Officer for over 17 years. He was hugely respected by colleagues and in Scotland's third sector and beyond. 

Ian was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. His personal values of responsibility, respect and care for each other and for our environment were evident to all that had the privilege to know and work with him.

Our thoughts are with Ian’s wife Andrea, daughter Lianne, granddaughter Phoebe and the rest of his family at this sad time.

We are all still letting this tragic news sink in. Ian has been an inspiring Chief Officer, he leaves an incredible legacy, and we will honour him by continuing to make Paths for All the organisation he was so passionate and proud of.

Paths for All’s Chair, Marcus Sangster said:

I have lost a friend. 

Ian will be terribly missed by staff and trustees past and present. We are so grateful for his passion, kindness and personal integrity making Paths for All the successful charity it is today.

Ian's family have set up a Memorial Grove to continue his passion for Scotland's native woodlands. The trees in the grove will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future. To donate to the Memorial Grove click here.

We know there will be many people shocked and saddened by this unexpected news. An online book of condolence is open for expressions of sympathy and to share memories of Ian.