WRVS recruits new chief executive and plans work review

Gerry Burton will pass the baton of chief executive at WRVS to Mark Lever at the end of the month.

Lever, who is director of business development at the voluntary service organisation, will implement a strategic review prepared in February.

Lever will work to link current services together in to a package of practical support services.

The review includes developing centres that incorporate the Meals on Wheels and Books on Wheels services under one roof, as well as forming partnerships with other services. It will also aim to introduce one number for people to call to access WRVS services.

Lever said: "It's important that people understand the importance of WRVS' work as the 'social glue' that binds communities together.

"Last year around 150,000 people used WRVS community transport schemes, but the organisation's national profile does not reflect our key status in local communities.

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