Chair change over

George Oliver announced as new Charity Link Chair

Clive Smith, who has been a vital part of our board of trustees for over twenty years and our Chair since 2005, announced that he was ‘handing over the baton’ to existing board member George Oliver at our supporter thank you event held at The Guildhall in Leicester yesterday.

George, previous editor of the Leicester Mercury, board member at East Midlands Chamber and founder of award-winning East Midlands strategic communications consultancy 1284, was keen to thank Clive and his fellow trustees for all their support since he joined as a trustee in 2019.

 “Firstly, I want to thank Clive, not just for his trust and support during my first five years as a trustee but also for his many years chairing the organisation. Secondly, thanks to fellow trustees and officers for their transformative work, both in the last five years and the many decades preceding it. It was an honour to be asked to become Chair of this wonderful organisation and I do so knowing I have the full backing of a dedicated trustee board and staff team.

“Over recent years we have built on the foundations of our long, successful history to transform into the modern, digitally-led delivery partner that our stakeholders expect and our clients need. The exciting thing is that there’s a lot more development in the pipeline. Demand for our services is as great as ever, but Charity Link remains well-placed to continue delivering for our partners. That is thanks to Clive for setting the direction of travel and I’m proud to now be leading our essential work.”

Clive, who will continue to be part of the Charity Link board of trustees, says:

“Having sold my business in 1999, Charity Link was one of the first organisations I started working with as I built a portfolio of businesses and charities with whom I have worked in a non-executive capacity. Charity Link rightly boasted a long, proud history of working with people faced with chronic hardship and need, which unfortunately again and again has proved to be as poignant today as it was when it launched as long ago as 1876.

“I have been privileged to be associated with Charity Link for well over 20 years during which time I have twice served as Chair. During this time we have grown considerably, developed new services and increased our geographic reach. However, with my eighth decade starting in under a year’s time, I feel it is the right time to stand aside and pass the baton onto someone younger.

“Earlier this week our board agreed to the appointment of George Oliver to succeed me in post with effect from today (Friday 21st June). George has already served as a trustee for five years and brings with him all manner of relevant experience. I know he shares my passion for developing Charity Link’s footprint and ensuring that our hard-won reputation for service delivery and integrity is continuously safeguarded.

“I look forward to serving on Charity Link’s board for the foreseeable future and wish George every success and happiness with the challenges that lie ahead. He can be absolutely confident of my fullest support.”

Our CEO, Susan McEniff, adds:

“I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Clive for all he has done for Charity Link over many years. He has been the dedicated Chair of Charity Link since I joined the organisation in 2008 and I couldn’t have wished for someone more supportive at the helm, particularly after the board invited me to become CEO in 2022. 

“I hope that Clive will now have a little more free time to share with his family and friends and possibly to spend on the golf course, but I know his passion for Charity Link remains as high as ever. I am delighted that he is continuing as trustee and I know he, like myself, is excited for the future and is confident that George will continue to ensure Charity Link’s success in the years to come.”

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