Appointed internally Charlotte has been with the Charity over two appointments for the past five years, holding a number of roles from Volunteer receptionist to Office Manager. Of the appointment, Chair of Trustee Board, Richard Westergreen-Thorne commented, “On behalf of the Trustees I am very pleased to be able to inform you that we have appointed Charlotte Blizzard-Welch as Interim CEO from when Nina Villa leaves us. The arrangements for appointing
a permanent CEO will follow in due course”.
Charlotte who returned to the Charity in May 2019 following a spell in the private sector certainly feels she has found her metier working in the third sector and making a positive contribution to our community. Graduating from the university of Essex in 2013 with a first in Business Administration, she relocated to Stevenage and became a volunteer at Citizens Advice Stevenage and quickly worked her way to Office Manager, through a number of roles. In 2018 she took a step into the private sector as Head of Business Development for a Haulage Company returning in 2019 to the Charity she holds a real passion for.
Speaking of the new role “I am delighted to have been appointed Interim Chief Executive for our fantastic Charity and am committed to continuing to grow and develop our advice service to the Stevenage community despite facing a challenging funding environment over the next few months” she added, “Citizens Advice has phenomenal team of Volunteers, Staff and Trustees and commit themselves to making a real impact in the lives of our community and they do so day in, day out, and I am so proud to be part of that team”
The news of the appointment comes just days after the office move from Swingate House to Daneshill House, which was project managed by Charlotte. The new office in Daneshill House was custom made for the service by Stevenage Borough Council, reopened on Tuesday 27th August and helped 31 clients face to face on the first day. Staff and volunteers commented on the new office “as a much nicer and productive place to work”. The offices were formally opened on Wednesday 28th by the Mayor, Councillor Simon Speller, and Leader of the Council Sharon Taylor.
Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council said:
“I am pleased to welcome our Citizens Advice Stevenage friends to Daneshill House. This move demonstrates yet another example of how this council likes to work in a co-operative way.”
The face to face service is open between 10.00 – 15.00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and 10.00 - 12.30. You can also get advice via telephone and email 10.00 – 16.00 Monday - Friday.
Citizens Advice Stevenage is an independent charity who nationally celebrate its 80th birthday this year. The staff and volunteers provide free, independent, impartial and confidential advice for everyone. They help people find a way forward, and develops the skills to prevent a similar scenario arising again. They also champion research and campaigns using data to understand the impact of policy and regulation- then campaigns for policy change to solve collective problems. Their services are delivered through the 80 volunteers, and 26 paid staff.
To contact them for advice, or to volunteer, get in touch on 03444 111444 or visit the website www.castevenage.org.uk