Dear friends and Colleagues, I write to let you know that at last nights CVS Board Meeting I handed to the Chair a letter of resignation from my post as Chief Executive of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Council for . This resignation has reluctantly been accepted.
With your support CVS has made considerable progress from the position it was in two years ago when I took up post. I hope you would agree that the organisations reputation is restored and its role as representative of the sector has allowed a greatly improved liaison to be established between the Voluntary Community and Faith Sector and the public sector bodies such as the NHS and local authorities.
My reason for resigning is owing to personal issues relating to my family.
I believe the further development of CVS and the sectors collaborative working with the statutory sector will require more time than I will be able to commit to the role. Rather than cling on I have decided that the sector and the people it supports would be better served by somebody able to wholeheartedly commit to the task as I have these past two years.
As an interim arrangement the Board last night agreed that Jane Williams, the manager of Fylde and Wyre Together, would take over my post whilst the substantive post is advertised.
Additionally, Mike Bullock has also stepped back from the role as Chair of CVS, also due to personal reasons. His post will be taken by Paul Greenwood until the organisations AGM in September 2015. Michelle Scott will take Paul Greenwood's role as Vice Chair.
My final working day in this post will be 24th June 2015 and I have two weeks leave to take before this date.
Both myself and Mike Bullock have enjoyed our respective roles immensely. May we take this opportunity, therefore, to thank you for your support and hope to work with you again in some capacity in the near future.
Wyre Together Community Showcase Plus Event Do you want to promote your group? Do you want to network with other local groups? Do you want to find out more about what is happening in Wyre? Then book a stall at the Wyre Together Community Showcase Event which is taking place on Thursday 4th June, 1pm – 4pm at the Marine Hall read more
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Not seen the funding you require in the list above? The CVS can help Grantfinder has over 8000 funders waiting to be applied to. Sessions must be pre-booked with us on 01253 624505 and a member of staff will assist you tailor in your search. The session will result in a written report indicating potential funding sources to which you may apply. In order to pay for Grantfinder licences next year we would like to suggest that organisations accessing the service make a donation of £5.00.
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