Citizens Advice BANES say they are delighted to announce the appointment of Leslie Redwood as the new CEO of the Bath and North East Somerset community service.
In 2019, the charity is celebrating 80 years of trusted advice and service to the region, and is looking forward to continuing their work of recent years; providing free, confidential, high quality, impartial advice to local residents.
New CEO Leslie Redwood commented: “We operate in a time of vastly increasing need across the region and country and the challenges for our charity around debt, housing, welfare, employment, consumer and legal advice are ever increasing against a background of reducing ability to fund and support the service from the local authority.
“Therefore the need is ever greater to tell our story in a much clearer way and to secure more partnership and funding for the charity for the benefit of all of the residents of BANES.
“I call on businesses, residents, our other partners and the local authority to dig deep and provide whatever extra direct funding and support that they are able to give for the benefit of the residents, communities and neighbourhoods of BANES for this 80th year of our charity, and indeed for many years to come.”
Outgoing Director Gill Whitehead added: “It has been a privilege to work with Citizens Advice in BANES in a variety of roles for over 12 years.
“My 5 years as Director have been an interesting time with many changes to the law, the benefits system and the economic climate which have affected local people and particularly the most vulnerable amongst them.
“As a local charity, our partnerships with other organisations have developed to put us in an even stronger position to work together to help local residents to find a way forward in difficult times.
“I’m confident that Les will continue to provide great leadership to our excellent team of staff and volunteers through the challenging times ahead.”
Citizens Advice Bath & North East Somerset is an independent charity that provides free, impartial advice and information on a range of issues.
You can find out more about receiving advice on their website here.