If you haven't heard through the informal grapevine yet, I wanted to let you know that I have taken the decision to resign from the role of Chief Executive of Warwickshire CAVA.
Having taken the organisation from its formation to its successful position as one of the most highly regarded Infrastructure organisations in the country, now working across Warwickshire and Solihull, the time has come for me to explore other opportunities and a fantastic opportunity has presented itself working with one of our member organisations in Rugby. I will join New Directions in Rugby in November 2019 as their new Chief Executive Officer, building upon the excellent work of Doreen Woodward and her team.
We have in place a strong and lean management team and a very engaged Board of Trustees who I know will aid a new Chief Executive to build upon our successes to date and steer the organisation for the next decade or more. I also know that any new Chief Executive couldn't hope to inherit a more talented and committed staff and volunteer team than the one we have in place here.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Warwickshire CAVA and it will be difficult to envisage no longer being Chief Executive of the organisation whose work has been a significant part of my life for so long. The time has now come however for change and I am very much looking forward to new opportunities in my life which I hope will also be an opportunity for the organisation to embrace and drive change too.
29 million pounds of income secured for the sector, Over 9000 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, Spearheading Social Prescribing in the county, Developing and hosting innovative projects supporting vulnerable people, Turning around an under-used community centre and even developing a social enterprise converting re-use into a grant stream for the sector as well as tear-jerking and heart-warming awards ceremonies celebrating volunteers across the whole area.
All of these successes and many more than I can list are all down to the wonderful staff and volunteers who make working at Warwickshire CAVA the pleasure that it has been. Whilst I am sad to be leaving, I am also very excited for the future, both personally and for Warwickshire CAVA. The time is right for someone else to have the honour and privilege of taking on the role of Chief Executive and ensuring even more success for years to come.
I plan to be leaving the organisation at the end of October and I do hope that you will be able to attend our AGM this year, not least of all because it will be my last one!
It am extremely proud to have held the post of Chief Executive of Warwickshire CAVA and to represent our wonderful and vibrant sector. It has been a pleasure working with you all and I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future. Naturally, I am staying in the Voluntary Sector and I will remain in Warwickshire so I am sure there will be plenty of partnership opportunities in the future.
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