In the Spring of 2011, I retired from the Royal Navy having served over 30 years and decided that I was well placed to carve a role in the charitable sector. Therefore on seeing an advert in the local Stour and Avon Magazine for volunteer applicants to join the CCP, I successfully applied as a Volunteer Executive Officer tasked with taking the organisation through its "Investing in Volunteers'" re-accreditation. Successful re-accreditation required all aspects of CCP business to be assessed and an unpaid few hours a week quickly became a 40 hours a week full time job! In particular driving the reorganisation away from being an arm of the local Council towards to that of being an independent charitable company was especially challenging; introducing the Volunteer (now Community) Forum that seeks to identify gaps in local social provision through to adopting project management philosophies in the management and leadership of its projects portfolio.
Although I left CCP in December 2013 to go travelling, I always remained a strong advocate of the Partnership's raison d'etre, appreciating fully what it was striving to achieve in Christchurch despite its limited resources and its paucity of volunteers - and that's from a Ferndown native! It was, therefore, with much delight in the autumn of 2015 that I accepted the Chair's invitation to re-join the CCP and assume the Treasurer function. I was subsequently elected as Trustee in August 2016 and believe I bring to the table a cross section of useful talents, which I hope can be put to good use in furthering the good work of the CCP.