All change at Warwickshire CAVA with a new CEO & Chair!

After 11 years of leading the organisation, Warwickshire CAVA’s CEO, Paul Tolley has moved on to pastures new.

After 11 years of leading the organisation, Warwickshire CAVA’s CEO, Paul Tolley has moved on to pastures new. Paul has led Warwickshire CAVA since its formation and his tenure has seen some amazing achievements including £29,000,000 secured for the voluntary sector across Warwickshire, with over 9,000 voluntary and community groups supported, over 16,000 volunteers matched, 6 mergers, 2 asset transfers, achieving Environmental Body status, 6 local authority contract secured including Solihull, dozens of grants negotiated, 2 Big Local Investment programmes secured, millions of pounds of local investment safeguarded through Talentmatch, the development of Healthwatch Warwickshire and spearheading Social Prescribing in the county through ConnectWELL. Paul will be taking on the leadership of New Directions a charity in Rugby, and we wish him all the very best in his new role.
Warwickshire CAVA’s Board of Trustees has appointed Kate Morrison as CEO to lead the organisation in the interim. Kate has been Warwickshire CAVA’s Deputy CEO and Director of Volunteering for 9 years and has over 20 years of experience working in the voluntary and community sector at a senior management level as Chief Officer of North Warwickshire Council for Voluntary Service (NWCVS) prior to the merge into Warwickshire CAVA and at Springfield Mind. Kate is passionate about the benefits and impact of volunteering and volunteered herself over the years, including as a counsellor with survivors of sexual abuse and more recently Syrian Refugee families resettling in Warwickshire. Kate says about her new role ‘I am very excited to be leading Warwickshire CAVA working with exceptional volunteers and staff who are committed to continuing the great legacy that Paul created during his time at with the organisation. I am looking forward to working with our members and partners from the voluntary, public and private sectors to continue to provide high quality support to the VCS across Solihull and Warwickshire.’

Warwickshire CAVA is also pleased to announce that Andrew Gabbitas, former Vice Chair, has been voted by the Board of Trustees to be our new Chair. Andrew has a wealth of experience to bring to his role and has been a Trustee of Warwickshire CAVA since 2017. Andrew’s working life was spent in local government, initially as a lawyer specialising in town and country planning and town centre redevelopment. Later in his career he moved into senior management with a focus on strategic planning and organisational leadership. In particular, he led initiatives aimed at building services and teams around the real needs and demands of customers.

Andrew has been a Governor of the Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College for over twenty years and in recent years has been involved in the School's Improvement Strategy and issues around the use of Pupil Premium funding.

Andrew has a lifelong interest in natural history, the environment and conservation and have for many years been a member of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust . Following his retirement he became a trustee of the Trust. Retirement has also given him the opportunity to spend more time traveling and exploring wildlife sites and nature throughout this country and abroad.

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