New chief executive to take over at volunteering charity

Lynne Berry, the chief executive of the General Social Care Council, has been appointed chief executive of WRVS.

Lynne Berry
Lynne Berry
Berry, former executive director of the Charity Commission, will take over the role at the care charity for older people this September. Mark Lever, the current chief executive, will continue in the role until the end of August.

“Lynne has the experience, skills and confidence that the organisation needs,” said Ruth Markland, chairman of WRVS. “Her decision to join is a vote of confidence in our plans to do more to improve the quality of life for older people.”

Berry has been chief executive of the General Social Care Council since 2001. She joined from the Equal Opportunities Commission, where she spent two years, also as chief executive.

She began her career as a social worker in London before becoming a lecturer in social care and then a social services inspector. Berry was appointed chief executive of the Family Welfare Association, a social care charity, in 1991.

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