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Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne's new Chief Officer

Published on 27 July 2018 02:37 PM

Age UK Faversham & Sittingbourne have appointed a new Chief Officer. Liz Thorne took over the reins of the charity at the end of June, replacing Interim Chief Officer Sue Cliffe, who returned to her role at Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable in April.

Liz has a background in charity leadership and business administration, and has come to Age UK from Tenterden Social Hub, where she spent the last four years carrying out a programme of change management and creating a strategy for the future. Liz said of her appointment:

“I am really excited to be working with the Board, staff, volunteers and clients at Age UK Faversham & Sittingbourne. The charity has been through an unsettled couple of years following the sad death of Chief Officer Paula Owen, and I now hope to be able to take the charity forward and enhance our standing within the communities that we work.

As the number of older people increases, the services that we provide become more crucial than ever. We’re hoping to be able to expand our services and introduce new ones, to ensure that we are doing everything for older people that we can. We will face some challenges over the next few years, mainly due to changes in the way centres like ours are funded, but we have a great team and everyone’s main focus is on what we can achieve for those that need us.”

Chair of Trustees, Louise Wilson and the Board of Trustees are looking forward to working with Liz. Louise commented:

“We are so pleased to welcome Liz as our new Chief Officer. Liz comes to us with great experience in the charity sector which will help us meet the challenges ahead. With her guidance we will continue to build a charity which will serve the local community for many years to come. We also thank Age UK Herne Bay and in particular Sue Cliffe for stepping in as our interim Chief Officer for the last two years”.

Further details about Age UKs range of services can be found by calling into the centres at Faversham, Teynham and Sittingbourne, by telephoning 01795 532766, or by visiting our services page.