New pair filling top role at head of education charity
AN organisation that cares for and creates education opportunities for adults with disabilities is set for new leadership.
Celia Kay will step down as chief executive of the St Vincent's and St George's Association, after leading the charity for the last 18 years.
She will be replaced by business manager Becky Jenkins and care manager April Woodard, who will take the reins as joint chief executives.
Ms Kay will leave for New Zealand at the end of September to "pursue new interests".
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She said: "It has been a privilege to work with such talented and committed staff who provide excellent services.
"I leave the charity in good shape and in good hands with joint chief executives Becky Jenkins and April Woodard."
Les Bonney, chairman of the charity trustees, paid tribute to the outgoing chief and said he looked forward to working with the new chief executives.
He added: "We are indebted to Celia for her leadership over the last 18 years and we all wish her well for the future.
"She has steered the charity through some significant changes, culminating in the development of our innovative Phoenix centre in the middle of Cheltenham.
"I am delighted that we have Becky and April as joint chief executives as the charity looks to grow its services and continue to provide much needed support, to those we support.
"The charity sector plays an indispensable role in providing bespoke and highly individual care and support programmes.
"With our new Phoenix centre we aim to continue this commitment and service."
The Phoenix Centre first opened in Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham, last November.
The activity centre, which works with the charity's clients, develops unique therapies and activities to help the disabled.
More than 100 people use its services, and it became a member of the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce this year.
The charity, which has 125 years of experience providing support and care service to vulnerable members of the society, was given the 25-year lease of the former Westgate Furnishers retail showroom in Winchcombe Street.
Ms Jenkins said: "We are definitely looking forward to starting. The charity is growing and constantly improving, so we decided there will be a need for two joint chief executives.
"April has huge experience at the Phoenix centre."
Ms Woodard said: "We are looking forward to taking on their new roles and working with residents, the people who use our services, staff, trustees and local people to help ensure Gloucestershire benefits from the charity for years to come."