Volunteering Matters appoints Paul Reddish as new chief executive

Reddish moves from the youth volunteering charity ProjectScotland, where he is chief executive, in August, succeeding Oonagh Aitken

Paul Reddish
Paul Reddish

The volunteering charity Volunteering Matters has appointed Paul Reddish as its new chief executive.

Reddish, chief executive of the youth volunteering charity ProjectScotland, will take up the role in August.

He will succeed Oonagh Aitken, who retired last month after seven years at the charity, five of them as chief executive.

Before joining the charity sector, Reddish worked in the finance sector, including at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

In a statement, Volunteering Matters said it had drawn up a new agreement with ProjectScotland that will involve the two organisations working together more closely after Reddish’s move.

It said an interim director would be appointed to ProjectScotland who would report to Reddish in his new role.

Volunteering Matters said this aligned approach would open up more opportunities for the charities to work together to provide services that help support people to volunteer across the UK and Scotland.

Anne Heal, chair of Volunteering Matters, said: "Paul impressed us with his knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector, combined with his passion and enthusiasm for volunteering and the difference it can make for volunteers and their beneficiaries.

"The trustees are looking forward to working with him to help Volunteering Matters continue to develop its services, attract more investment and, ultimately, enable more volunteers to change their lives and the communities around them."

Reddish said Volunteering Matters enabled countless individuals to make a positive difference to their communities.

"I’ve witnessed first hand in my role at ProjectScotland, and in my own community volunteering, the impact volunteering has on the people taking part and the communities they serve," he said.

"I’m honoured to join an organisation that has such a high reputation for empowering volunteers to make a difference to people and their communities."

Volunteering Matters, which changed its name from CSV in 2015, said it engages with about 20,000 volunteers a year in more than 100 programmes, reaching 85,000 beneficiaries.

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