Sean Cobley is new chair of Association of Volunteer Managers

Founder John Ramsey steps down to spend more time with family

John Ramsey, founder and chair of the Association of Volunteer Managers, has resigned after two years in charge.

Ramsey will remain on the organisation's board of directors until its AGM on 26 September.

Sean Cobley, a founding member of the association and a volunteer manager at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, has been appointed as the new chair.

Ramsey, who founded AVM in June 2007, told Third Sector he was leaving in order to spend more time with his family.

He said he was proud of the association's achievements in raising the profile of volunteer management and hoped that in future it would look at better ways to provide evidence of the impact of volunteer managers.

Cobley said he was looking forward to developing the association's work. "I hope I can do justice to the great legacy that John has left," he said. "Volunteer management is entering a formative stage of its development."

Ramsey will stay in his post as head of volunteering at the charity formed by the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged.

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