Community Foundation appoints new Chief Executive

The Guernsey Community Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Roberts as its new full-time Chief Executive.

In conjunction with the board, Jim will develop and implement the strategic direction of the Foundation, identify opportunities for future growth and development, and contribute to the formulation of social policy. In doing so, he will work closely with the private and the voluntary sectors, and with politicians and senior officers within the States of Guernsey.

Before joining the Foundation, Jim worked for the States as Director of Housing, with responsibility for the delivery of social housing and the implementation of general housing policy. Before that, he managed Supplementary Benefit and the Job Centre. He has extensive experience in meeting strategic and operational demands, and in the field of public policy. He has a particular interest in social policy as it relates to disability and inclusion, public health, and the alleviation of poverty.

Jim, who was born and educated in Guernsey, said: “The Foundation is a local success story. Through its Strategic Grants Programme it has provided transformative amounts of funding to local charities, and by acting as a trusted critical friend to the States it has had a positive influence on the shape and direction of social policy. I am excited to join the Foundation as it enters an ambitious new phase of growth.”

“In my previous role I worked with many inspiring individuals within the charitable and third sectors, and within the States. I look forward to building on those relationships so that the Foundation can fulfil its aims of increasing levels of philanthropy, strengthening the charitable sector, and contributing to a well-functioning community.”

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, said:  “We are delighted to have been able to appoint Jim as chief executive to succeed Dave Chilton who has retired after four very successful years leading the Foundation. We are excited by the opportunity to build on Jim’s vast experience including that in the area of social policy together with his energy and enthusiasm and full time role to develop further our ambitious plans to promote effective philanthropy in Guernsey and especially partnerships between voluntary organisations, the States, businesses and the community”

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