The Trustees of Voluntary Action Swindon – one of the town’s oldest independent charities are pleased to announce that Matthew Pearce has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive with immediate effect. VAS Acting Chair, Tom Charnock said “Matthew joins VAS and brings extensive skills from his work within the Swindon political arena and at Swindon Borough Council and more recently in his consultant advisory capacity. In the rapidly changing area of voluntary service provision, his wide-ranging experience will be an immense benefit in enabling VAS to deliver success in this challenging area”.
VAS was formed in 1932 and has been at the forefront of facilitating social and community action in the town. From its original role of providing for the poor of the Town it as changed direction a number of times reflecting the economic realities and the needs of the people of Swindon. It now works in close partnership with local grass roots communities, voluntary organisations, statutory agencies and funders to help develop and deliver a wide-ranging set of community programmes that bring social, economic and environmental benefits to local people in Swindon.
Matthew said: “The partnership working I have delivered at Swindon Borough Council has provided me with a good starting base to enhance the invaluable work that VAS does in supporting over 400 community, charity and voluntary groups in Swindon.
“I look forward to leading this respected charity at a time when many local business and public sector organisations will be relying on the voluntary and community sector to show the way during this challenging time of economic slowdown.”
Mr Pearce had previously worked for nine years at Swindon Borough Council, first as a political advisor to elected councillors, and latterly as a policy officer working on delivering partnership working with the police, health, voluntary and community sector within the Borough.
Geoffrey Lutaaya, the previous CEO had made a great impact on the Swindon voluntary scene but had found the combination of a daily two-hour each-way train journey from his home in Kent to Swindon and the numerous late meetings had affected him and his family.
Since leaving, Geoffrey has joined Hackney Councils Community Partnership and all the Trustees and Staff at VAS wish him and his family well and offer our thanks for his invaluable work at VAS.
Matthew concludes: "I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the Voluntary Action AGM on Thursday 17th September, 12 noon to 2pm and/or the Voluntary Community Forum, same date: 2pm – 4pm. Both at the Punjabi Community Centre, Kembrey Street SN2 8AZ"
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