East Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Service axes chief executive post

Development manager Carolyn Coxon will lead the organisation after its head, Steve Rawlinson, left earlier this month

East Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Service
East Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Service

The East Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Service has made its chief executive post redundant as part of a financial review.

A statement from Chris Mayor, chair of the ESCVS, said trustees had made the decision, which led to Steve Rawlinson leaving the post earlier this month.

Carolyn Coxon, the development manager at the charity, will run it and be supported by the rest of a four-strong management team.

Mayor said the decision to make the post redundant was made in the light of the economic downturn and cuts to funding.

"You’ve got to look at trends," he said. "Income was going down and we had to cut our cloth accordingly. Our main priority is to support local charities in the area."

He declined to confirm the charity’s income, but its accounts show that it dropped sharply from £599,208 in the year to March 2010 to £368,904 in the following 12 months.

Mayor said there were no plans to make any more of the organisation’s 13 staff redundant.

Although the management team has taken over the day-to-day running of the charity, Mayor said its strategic planning would be carried out by the Staffordshire Transforming Local Infrastructure Project, which consists of 14 local support agencies and is designed to improve support for voluntary and community organisations.

He said that at least three other community and voluntary services in the county had decided to cut their chief executive posts. TLI, he said, would help CVS organisations to work more closely to achieve economies of scale.

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