Board Update for Members and Stakeholders

Since the new Board was formed in Autumn 2015, we have been meeting regularly. The Board has been working well although it has taken time to get to know each other and to begin to put in place a programme of improvements to governance, strategy and operations. We still have some way to go but are pleased with progress. We started by improving the governance processes and committee structure and these are well established now and effective.

Heather Hunter’s interim contract as CEO ended in December 2015 and the Board is grateful for her support in steering the organisation effectively while in post. We want to refresh the strategy and direction of VAS and so have deferred decisions about the long-term leadership of VAS until after this process is completed. In the meantime, Richard Hill has agreed to take on a role of Chief Operating Officer on an interim basis, responsible for the day-to-day running of VAS.

We have set the priorities for 2016/17. Central to these priorities is the aim to work with key stakeholders, staff, funders, members and the wider community to develop a compelling vision and purpose for VAS going forward.

Other aims include:
a.    Ensuring active, constructive and ongoing engagement with members
b.    Putting in place achievable and settled arrangements for day-to-day leadership of VAS
c.    Continuing to meet the highest standards of Governance
d.    Ensuring current services are being delivered efficiently and meet funders’ and customers’ expectations
e.    Identifying and developing further services that are appropriate for VAS to deliver
f.     Reviewing expenditure and use of resources to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness
g.    Diversifying and increasing income

These are challenging but realistic aims and we look forward to working with staff, volunteers, members and our wider stakeholders to make them a reality.

As noted above we intend to actively engage and consult with members and stakeholders during 2016 to set a long-term vision and direction for VAS. In the meantime, do get in touch if you have any questions or want to discuss this further.

Tim Ward
Chair of Trustees

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