Leading volunteering charity appoints new chief executive

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UK's largest volunteering charity announces new chief executive 

20th July 2017 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) has appointed a new chief executive.

Catherine Johnstone will take over the role from David McCullough who moves on after more than five years at the helm.

Johnstone is the former chief executive of the Samaritans where she notably moved the issue of suicide and its prevention up the national agenda.

She also forged a series of prominent partnerships and delivered an effective 5 year strategy which increased the charity’s impact.

Johnstone was awarded a CBE in 2016 for her services to suicide prevention and has been a trustee at RVS January this year. 

The RVS is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with over 25,000 volunteers supporting over 100,000 older people each month in hospitals and the community. 

The focus is on enriching lives, improving well-being and keeping loneliness at bay through an array of social activities and more structured support. 

The charity is also known as one of the largest retailers in the NHS, with its network of cafes and shops providing a valued haven in hospitals, while raising funds to support community work.

Johnstone said:  "I am once again privileged to lead one of the UK’s largest volunteer involving charities.

“With an ever increasing tough time for our society I am looking forward to working with the staff and volunteers to ensure that Royal Voluntary Service can be the best it can be."

Richard Greenhalgh, chair of RVS, added: “I am delighted that Catherine is becoming our new chief executive.

"Her record in building sustainable services, driving innovation and, of course, inspiring and enabling volunteers to organise and deliver will be invaluable. 

 “She takes the CEO role at a key moment as we begin to see the impact of our strategic refocus which has put volunteers right to the fore of service development. 

“We are witnessing a real appetite among them not just to work in services, but to invent, create and lead them.”