“I am incredibly proud to have been appointed Chair of an organisation which represents a community which has such a vital role to play in society.
“I have dedicated my entire professional career, and much of my personal life, to the third sector. There has long been a distinction between what is seen as the traditional third sector and grant making organisations. This must change. That narrow view devalues the absolute interconnectedness and opportunities that arise from working in partnership for a vibrant, collaborative, and forward-moving third sector which recognises the rewards of working together.
“This is a new chapter for the organisation. Having recently become a SCIO, we have a new constitution, and I am joined on the board by Jo Elliot and Gareth Morgan as fellow new trustees. It’s a really exciting time to be driving the change agenda that we so wholly believe in. We can build upon these new foundations with ambition, remaining forward-looking and progressive. We are far from homogenous, but rich in experience, interests, and ambition. Together we can be a real force for change.
“Societally, it also feels like we are entering a new chapter. The fallout from Covid-19 will be fierce and it will be long-lasting, but we are moving forward, harnessing the lessons learned in the past year to boldly reimagine a great many elements of both the world we live in, and how we engage with those around us.