One of the Midlands leading and longest serving charitable trusts has appointed Caroline Cadbury as its new Chair of Trustees.
Caroline will lead Bournville Village Trust’s Board of Trustees which plays an integral role in setting the strategic direction of the organisation and monitoring performance and financial viability.
She takes over the role from Adrian Allen, who has retired after serving Bournville Village Trust for 23 years as Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of several committees
Founded by social reformer and chocolate maker George Cadbury in 1900, Bournville Village Trust is one of the Midlands’ longest-serving independent charitable trusts.
It provides a range of services from estate management and commercial premises to affordable housing and community support services that help people thrive.
As a not-for-profit, all its surplus is ploughed back into the homes, facilities and communities it manages and last year it generated a £2.7m surplus.
Caroline said: “It is a privilege to take on the role of Chair of Trustees and I am incredibly thankful to Adrian for his hard work and dedication in ensuring Bournville Village Trust continues to be a strong and resilient organisation.
“I take on the role of Chair as the cost-of-living crisis is putting increasing pressure on people who live in our communities, our organisation and our colleagues. I will work hard with my fellow Trustees to make sure we balance our resources in the best way possible and I am confident we will still be able to meet our objectives and above all, provide great services to our communities.
“We also have the longer-term challenge of how we respond to the climate emergency. We have already started on this journey by looking at how we can make our homes more energy efficient, increase biodiversity in our green spaces and reduce our carbon footprint. I care passionately about this work and hope to see continued progress with our sustainability agenda during my time as Chair.”
Bournville Village Trust works within more than a dozen diverse and distinctive communities in Birmingham and Telford and aims to create and sustain communities where people can thrive.
For more information about Bournville Village Trust, please go to About Us.