Wales Council for Voluntary Action chief executive retires after 25 years

Graham Benfield will become chair of Building Communities, a Big Lottery Fund trust

Graham Benfield
Graham Benfield

Graham Benfield, chief executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, has retired after 25 years in the job.

Benfield, who was a WCVA board member before joining the organisation as chief executive in 1989, will become chair of the Big Lottery Fund’s Building Communities, a £15m trust that will work with disadvantaged communities in Wales. His last day at the WCVA was Friday.

During his time at the WCVA, the organisation has grown from having 16 employees, 200 members and an annual income of £500,000, to 130 staff, more than 3,400 members and an annual income of £28m.

Phil Jarrold, deputy chief executive, will be acting chief executive while a replacement for Benfield is appointed.

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