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...and "Hello" from the new Chief Officer Elaine Barker...

Updated: Jan 22, 2019

"I would firstly like to say a massive "Thank you!" to Dorothy for the fantastic work she has done within the local area, and I am delighted and proud to be appointed as the new Chief Officer of Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS following her departure. I hope to continue the amazing work that she has done with all the community groups and volunteers who all work tirelessly to improve the lives of other people.

I moved into the Voluntary and Charity sector in 2003 working at Brook for young people through the Relationships and Sexual health agenda. Until 2012, I was the Education and Outreach Manager, where I was lucky enough to work with numerous professionals from Lancashire, and I am looking forward to re-connecting with them all through my new role. The final four years at Brook was spent in a national role as the Head of Education and Training, and I hope to bring the knowledge acquired from these positions to work effectively for HRV CVS.

The past two years have been spent as the Contracts Manager for BwD Consortium and then as the IAG Manager for both Wigan & Leigh, and Bolton Healthwatch. I intend to use the learning from this to benefit both the staff within HRV CVS and current and new members to the organisation.

Out of work, I enjoy life residing on my small holding situated on the West Pennine Moors with my daughter and our ever growing family of animals. As a keen equestrian I hold voluntary positions as the District Commissioner of Blackburn and District Branch of the Pony Club and I am the trainer and co-ordinator for the Lancashire Mounted Games Association.

My claim to fame is that in my own sporting life, alongside the horses, I was a Professional Armwrestler, holding numerous National, European and World titles.

I am looking forward to the challenge, working alongside that of my dedicated team, to take HRVCVS from strength to strength and continuing all the good that has been done. Dorothy’s reputation in this sector is second to none, and I am privileged to be chosen to continue as her successor. I wish her the best of luck for the future and will be first in line if she finds she has any spare time in the future as a volunteer!”