New CEO for ‘Next Chapter’ at local charity Community Resource

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The Shropshire Community Resource charity, which supports people and communities facing challenges across the county, has welcomed its new CEO.

Bev Baxter, new CEO of Community Resources, with President Hugh Strickland

Bev Baxter succeeded Julia Baron, who retired as chief executive at the end of August after 23 years at the helm.

Bev was previously chief operating officer and deputy general manager of The Way in Wolverhampton and joined Community Resource this month.

She brings extensive experience from the charitable sector, overseeing the delivery of services to young people during her time at The Way, Wolverhampton Youth Zone.

Previously, she 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 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 to the table 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.

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