Wales Council for Voluntary Action appoints Ruth Marks as chief executive

Marks, director of care and development at Reach, will replace Graham Benfield, who retired after 25 years as head of WCVA

Ruth Marks
Ruth Marks

The Wales Council for Voluntary Action has appointed Ruth Marks as its next chief executive.

Marks, who is director of care and development at Reach, part of the supported housing provider Seren Group, will replace Graham Benfield, who stood down earlier this year after 25 years in the role.

Marks has previously worked as Wales’s first older people’s commissioner and as director of RNIB Cymru, and had a stint at the WCVA between 1992 and 1995 as its training officer.

She is currently leading an independent review into Healthcare Inspectorate Wales on behalf of Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh government. 

Marks, who will take up her new role in January, was awarded the MBE in 2007 for services to welfare work.

"My objective is to champion WCVA’s key role of promoting volunteering and third sector activity, and to extend the sector’s invaluable work in tackling poverty and transforming public services," she said in a statement.

Jeff Cuthbert, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, said Marks would bring a wealth of experience to the role and would be an excellent advocate for the voluntary sector.

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