Dame Elisabeth Hoodless steps down after 47 years at CSV

The volunteering charity's first employee, and executive director since 1986, says she is proud to have brought volunteering 'into the sunshine'

Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, executive director of volunteering charity CSV, will stand down from her role in February after 47 years at the organisation.

Hoodless was appointed assistant director of CSV in 1963 and was its first employee. She became its executive director in 1986 and in 2004 was made a dame for services to volunteering.

"I'm proud that in the past 47 years volunteering has been brought into the sunshine," she said. "People no longer see themselves as ‘only a volunteer'."

Hoodless said her successor would need to have "excellent influencing skills" and would need to work hard to ensure the charity maintained its statutory funding, which makes up 79 per cent of its annual income.

She plans to take a six-month break after retiring and will then start asking people to leave donations to CSV in their wills. She said she would also do other voluntary work. 

Her replacement has not yet been appointed.

Kaye Wiggins recommends

CSV

Read more

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus