Update from VAL's chair

Welcome to our interim CEO, Martin Hunt

By Ben Beck, Chair of VAL
As many of you know VAL was unsuccessful with our recent grant funding application to London Borough of Lewisham. Whilst this grant has underpinned our work to support the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector for many years, we will continue to provide our core services in line with our charitable objectives. 
The trustees recognise however that in these times of austerity VAL must review what local organisations need from us, explore new developmental opportunities and maximise funding. During the spring and summer we shall consult with members and collaborate with partners with the aim of transforming the way we operate in future, whilst strengthening our financial resilience. We aim to listen, adapt and leverage the strengths and partnerships we built up during our 51 year history in order to meet the expectations of our stakeholders, in a challenging funding landscape. 
The trustees have appointed Martin Hunt (pictured below) as our interim chief executive to lead this process. Martin has a thirty year career history of public service, holding numerous senior management positions in the NHS, not-for-profit and voluntary sectors. For the past 13 years Martin has been a freelance management consultant supporting many large and small organisations achieve their objectives, both here and in New Zealand. Martin will guide the trustees and staff to find a new path that builds on our strengths and delivers the kind of services our local community deserves. 
We are keen to involve you all as we set out a new course for Voluntary Action Lewisham. I am encouraged by the positive feedback you have recently provided and I'm hopeful that by working together we will play our part in a strong and sustainable future for Lewisham’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. If you would like to contribute your ideas or discuss this with Martin, please contact him on martin@valewisham.org.uk.
Martin Hunt