A message on behalf of our outgoing CEO, Roger Clayton, and incoming CEO, Vicci Livingstone-Thompson:
Inclusion Gloucestershire was formed in February 2017 following the merger of Gloucestershire Voices and PING. I was previously the Co- Chair of Gloucestershire Voices. I feel privileged to have undertaken the interim role of Chief Executive Officer for Inclusion Gloucestershire over the last 12 months. The organisation has improved in all areas, from policy development to management practice, from contract acquisition to workforce growth, from successful project delivery to effective marketing and risk management. All these forward steps have been taken whilst remaining firmly true to our values
These and other achievements are in no small part consequent to the commendable work undertaken by our Deputy CEO, Vicci Livingstone-Thompson. She has worked tirelessly to both progress Inclusion Gloucestershire and to promote the disability agenda within the county. I am therefore delighted to inform you that Vicci will assume the role of CEO from 1st August. I have every confidence that she will continue to lead the organisation from strength to strength and I place on record my thanks to her and wish her all the best in her new post.
For my part, I will remain with Inclusion Gloucestershire in a supporting role for the foreseeable future. As a consequence I am sure that I will have continued contact with you and your organisation.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the reins from Roger, who has gone above and beyond in his year as Interim Chief Executive Officer and has built Inclusion Gloucestershire strong networks and foundations from which to grow and develop. We are so fortunate to be retaining his experience, skills and passion for the organisation in a strategic role.
I am excited to lead an incredible staff team, delivering projects that make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities across Gloucestershire. I am also looking forward to working closely with partners so that we can work jointly to deliver the best possible services and tackle the challenges that the sector faces.
We know that there is still a long way to go to achieve our aim of an inclusive society that values, respects and includes disabled people every day and in every way. We are recognised locally as a leading user-led organisation but we have ambitious plans to do more for more people with disabilities, in line with our values. We have set these out in our Three Year Strategic Plan, (soon to be published on our website) which I look forward to driving forwards. We have also made some changes to strengthen our Senior Management Team, and are very pleased to have Ailsa Lane (our current Dramatic Change Manager) starting in a new post as Delivery Director later this month.
It has been an incredible journey watching Inclusion Gloucestershire grow from day one and achieve amazing outcomes in such a short time. As a passionate advocate for the charity sector with a business background I appreciate how hard our team work to be values driven but effective, caring but professional. And as someone with a disability, I’m honoured to lead an organisation that is changing things for the better for others with disabilities.
I look forward to working with you,