MADDY Desforges has joined NAVCA this week, taking on the role of CEO, which Jane Ide OBE held until November 2020.
“I’m delighted to have joined NAVCA this week and have been spending time talking to the team about priorities and focus, as well as looking towards the next stages of the pandemic and into recovery.
“What is immediately apparent is the positive impact that local infrastructure has had, particularly over the last 12 months. I’ve seen that from my previous role as CEO Of Voluntary Action Sheffield, and it is really clear more widely across the NAVCA membership. Local infrastructure is essential, and organisations have been working relentlessly to support the communities they serve – as they absorb increased demand, adapt to meet that demand, and transform themselves to remain at the heart of communities throughout the pandemic and into recovery.
“I know communities and organisations are exhausted. But I also know we will need to build on our impact over the coming months. To do that, we’ll need to bring organisations together, shine a spotlight on local VCS and its importance to resilient communities and recovery.
“We’re definitely stronger together, and I will be looking at the role NAVCA can play, strengthening and building our networks. I know we’ll need to continue to shape NAVCA over the coming period to make sure we are as effective as we can be and to reflect the wider changes we are all facing – the vaccination programme roll-out, easing of lockdown and as the economy starts to re-open.
“I’m looking forward to working with our member organisations and colleagues across the sector as we do that.”