Citizen’s Advice B&NES appoints new CEO

By Ben Carey on 20 May, 2019

Bath and North East Somerset’s Citizen’s Advice service has appointed Leslie Redwood as its new Chief Executive Officer.

This year the charity is celebrating 80 years of providing free, confidential, high quality, impartial advice to local residents throughout the city and across the region.

Leslie Redwood said, “We operate in a time of vastly increasing need across the region and country. The challenges for our charity around debt, housing, welfare, employment, consumer and legal advice are ever increasing against a background of reduced ability for the local authority to fund and support the service.

“The need is greater than ever 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 B&NES.

“I call on businesses, residents, our other partners and the local authority to dig deep and provide whatever extra funding and support they are able to, for the benefit of the communities of B&NES in the 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 B&NES in a variety of roles for over 12 years. My five 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 a stronger position to work together to help local residents 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.”

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Pictured: Gillian Whitehead and Leslie Redwood.