This week, Jane Colthup stepped into the role as Community First Yorkshire’s new Chief Executive, taking the helm at a crucial time for the rural, voluntary and community sector in North, South and West Yorkshire as charities continue to struggle to survive the impact of the pandemic.
Jane is a champion of the power of community and has a wealth of experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors which she is keen to bring Community First Yorkshire. Jane joins the organisation from Northgate Public Services and has previously worked as a management consultant with a wide number of local authorities. Jane takes over from Leah Swain who was Chief Executive for ten years.
David Sharp, Chair of Trustees at Community First Yorkshire, said:
“It’s great to be welcoming Jane to Community First Yorkshire. Jane is a strong leader with a wealth of experience which will help us build on our work to support voluntary organisations, community groups and rural communities across Yorkshire.
“I’m looking forward to working with Jane to ensure that support – whether that be funding, training, networking or advocacy – for local people and communities is strengthened in our region.”
Jane Colthup, Chief Executive at Community First Yorkshire, said:
Jane says: “I’m very excited to be joining Community First Yorkshire at such an important time for the voluntary sector. Community First Yorkshire has played a critical role in supporting charities and community groups as they have struggled to cope with demands for services and funding shortages since the pandemic began. The way the organisation has adapted to deliver support and training online has been truly impressive.
“I firmly believe that strong and resilient voluntary and community organisations in North, South and West Yorkshire are critical to helping the sector to provide vital support to the communities they serve to help our region thrive.
“It’s a privilege to be taking up the reins as Chief Executive and building on Leah’s fantastic work, and I’m looking forward to bringing my passion for communities, and experience of making change happen, to the organisation.”
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