CASBA are delighted to announce that after a stringent selection process we have appointed a new CEO, who will be taking up the post in mid January.
Ginny Cullen impressed our staff, Ambassadors and Trustees in the interviews which took place last month and we can't wait for her to start. Our thanks must also go to interim Executive Manager, Rob Legge, who has held the fort over a very tricky 15 months and will be leaving us in an excellent position to move forward with funding secured for a number of new projects.
On her appointment, Ginny said:
"I’ve worked in the charity sector for the last ten years helping people get equal chances in life. I’m inspired by CASBA and the work the organisation does to ensure people can express their views, make their choices, secure their rights, and be valued as citizens. I am absolutely delighted to be joining as CASBA’s new CEO to play my part in shaping the charity’s future, building on recent successes and working to ensure CASBA becomes ever more sustainable.
I’ve worked as a fundraiser and manager in national, regional, and local charities, the largest being a Birmingham charity with an income of £8million which I loved so much I stayed for nearly six years. It's great to be coming back to Birmingham. Before my career in the third sector, I worked in advertising, marketing, and journalism. I was a broadcast journalist for the BBC for 3 years working in local radio.
I am looking forward to working alongside the many passionate people who contribute to CASBA; Ambassadors, staff, volunteers, partners, and other stakeholders to empower people, change mindsets, and influence systems. I am excited to be taking up this role, and I can’t wait to get started in early 2022."
Getting politicians from all political parties to agree on anything is pretty hard, but we have managed it this year.
We have had messages of support from members of all the main political parties in Birmingham because they all believe that the work we do is vital for people in their communities.
For the Conservative Party, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street gave us this message:
Northfield ward councillor Olly Armstrong knows our work very well and he gave us this message of support:
The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Birmingham, Councillor Roger Harmer sent us this video message:
Although we haven't yet had a video message from Green Party councillor Julien Pritchard, he has been incredibly supportive over this year and indeed previous ones. His constituency is the place where CASBA was born, so he showed great interest in our National Lottery Heritage fund supported exhibition about Monyhull Hospital. He has also provided some very useful links for us to other community groups.
Whatever party you support, they all believe in the importance of CASBA's work, so please give what you can to our Christmas fundraising campaign. We want to help more people than ever next year to become more independent and able to live full lives as part of our community.
You can either Text CASBAXMAS to 70085 to donate £10 or click below to donate online.