... to take up post at end of month
Charlene Elliott has been appointed Chief Executive of CVS Inverclyde, the umbrella organisation for the local communities and voluntary sector.
Currently Head of Corporate Funding and Development at the Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley, Inverclyde born and bred Charlene takes over the role on Monday 30 September.
"I am both proud and privileged to be joining the fantastic team at CVS Inverclyde," said Charlene Elliott.
"I hope to bring the extensive experience and knowledge I have gained working at senior management level in large national charities, to 'make a difference' for the benefit of my home community where I live. I am passionate about the voluntary sector and look forward to working with the Board and partners of CVS Inverclyde, to listen to and respond to the needs of this vibrant local community."
Commenting on Charlene's appointment, Liz Bowden, Trustee, CVS Inverclyde, said: "The new CEO's role is all about building on the good relationships already established, and about creating and linking opportunities within our communities, for our staff and with the volunteers.
"Charlene's proven ability to do this whilst managing a complex and busy organisation, meant she was the perfect candidate for the post. And, being a local lass, we are confident she will be able to start making a difference right from the outset because of her local knowledge. We are delighted to welcome her to the Third Sector in Inverclyde."
Charlene, who attended Lady Alice Primary School and Greenock High School, now lives in Inverkip with her husband Chris and two young daughters Elise aged seven and three-year-old Emilia.
Charlene graduated with a BA (Hons) in Marketing from the University of Paisley and, after a brief spell in IBM, found her true vocation in the voluntary sector through her role as Funding Development Officer at Kibble, where she worked from January 2005 until November 2010.
Following Kibble, she went on to work for Cornerstone Community Care for four years before becoming part of a five-strong team who set up and established the Beatson Cancer Charity, first as Head of Fundraising and then Head of Development, deputising for the CEO.
Charlene was invited to return to Kibble and, in February last year, took up her current post with the remit to work closely with the CEO and Executive team, supporting strategy development, as well as leading funding and project management functions.
She takes over from Ian Bruce, who left the CVS Inverclyde post in August to take on the CE role with Glasgow CVS, and will continue to work with Interim Chief Executive, Annie Mauger-Thompson, until mid-October.