Charity Shropshire Community Resource appoints new CEO

Bev Baxter and Hugh Strickland

Bev Baxter took over from Julia Baron, who retired as chief executive of Community Resource late last month after 23 years at the helm.

Bev was previously Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Managing Director of The Way in Wolverhampton. She has extensive experience in the charity sector, overseeing the provision of services to young people during her time at The Way, Wolverhampton Youth Zone.

She also worked for the Airplay Youth Support project, working for Action for Children in partnership with the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, which supported young people and families located at RAF bases across the UK.

Bev said: “I am truly inspired to have the opportunity to lead this incredible organization and a team with great talent and a deep passion for what they do.

“I have the greatest respect for the history and tradition of Community Resource, and I am committed to building on past successes.

“I’m also excited to bring my own vision and ideas and continue to grow the charity in the years to come.”

Hugh Strickland, President of Community Resource, said: “We are delighted to welcome Bev and believe she will continue the incredible work that Julia has done in her 23 years as CEO.

“Bev brings her experience, energy and passion to this role and is the perfect person to lead the organization through its next chapter, building on our work helping organizations and strengthening local communities. through Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.”

Community Resource was established in 1961 to bring people together in communities and find practical solutions to rural problems.

Her current work involves helping people stay active and maintain their independence, working with volunteer groups to help meet needs in local areas, and providing grants to organizations and individuals in need.

Its annual fundraising campaign, the Warmer Winter Appeal, helps local people facing fuel poverty and was launched last month. For more information on community resources, visit


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