YWCA chair stands down after 11 years

The chair of young women’s charity YWCA England & Wales has stood down after 11 years on the board.

Christine Freshwater, who has been chair of the charity for the past four years, has been succeeded by Helen Wollaston, who has been on the YWCA board since 2004.

Wollaston, who runs an equality and diversity consultancy, also worked as director of campaigns for the now defunct Equal Opportunities Commission.

The move comes as Sarah Payne, former south-east England regional commissioner for the National Offender Management Service, starts as chief executive at the organisation (Third Sector, 24 September, page 3).

She is the permanent replacement for Deborah Annetts, who left the YWCA last year after less than three months in the role (Third Sector, 7 November 2007, page 1).

The charity has also announced it has been handed £2m by the Big Lottery Fund to help young women become more involved in the development of the charity and local and national campaigning.

The cash, which comes from the Big Lottery Fund's National Young People's Fund, will also help beneficiaries engage more with political issues.

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