New chief executive for Voluntary Action North Somerset

A new support group is being set up for disabled people in North Somerset.

A new support group is being set up for disabled people in North Somerset. - Credit: Getty Images/Wavebreak Media

An organisation which supports voluntary services in North Somerset has appointed a new chief executive.

Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS) has appointed Doreen Smith as its new chief executive.

She said: “I’ve always had a passion for volunteering.

“Working with VANS, whose main purpose is to empower and strengthen our inspiring sector, is exciting.

“It is a great feeling to know I will be working alongside such a respected and amazing team and other colleagues who are equally as enthusiastic about our sector’s ability to deliver great services and opportunities to others.”


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The organisation’s current chief executive Cara MacMahon is leaving to work as an officer for the Heritage Action Zone Project.

VANS chair, Delyth Lloyd-Evans, said she is ‘delighted’ to welcome Doreen to VANS and added: “We also say a farewell to Cara who has done a magnificent job.”

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