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Age UK Isle of Wight welcome new Chief Executive Officer!

Published on 10 November 2021 02:18 PM

It is with great pleasure that Age UK Isle of Wight announces the appointment of Rachel Mckernan as its new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.  Rachel joins Age UK from Barnardo’s, where she has been Assistant Director Children’s Services for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for seven years. 

Chair of Trustees, Sheila Evans, welcomed Rachel to the team.  “On behalf of Trustees and staff of Age UK IW, I am delighted that Rachel has accepted our offer to lead the charity at this crucial time.  The pandemic has been a particularly unsettling period for older island residents and Age UK IW must respond with innovative solutions to rebuild personal confidence and resilience going forward.  Rachel has lived and worked on the island for many years and is familiar with the everyday obstacles that life here can present.  Drawing upon her considerable energy and experience, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities that this will create in charting our future direction together.”     

Rachel Mckernan commented:  “As someone who is passionate about improving the lives of all island residents, I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Age UK IW as we navigate a challenging future.   The sad truth is that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted the lives of older Island residents.  The need for the work of Age UK IW has never been greater. That’s why I am honoured to be joining the charity at this time to ensure that their amazing work continues, and also adapts to meet the new and emerging priorities for the 50% of the Island population that we serve.” 

Age UK Isle of Wight would like to remind you that if you or someone you know are self-isolating or in need of support, you can find information about our services on the top left tab above,  or by getting in touch by calling (01983) 525282 or by emailing info@ageukiw.org.uk