After twenty two short years I have decided that it’s time to step down as chair of this great charity. I shall (if spared!) be 85 this year and I reckon younger blood will benefit St V’s &St G’s as it deals with the challenges and opportunities of the future.
It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the development and success of the charity. We have achieved great things in our mission to support and enable vulnerable people to have richer lives, thanks to a superb group of trustees and two outstanding Chief Executives with their staff teams.
I look forward to being a simple, and active, volunteer.
I look forward also to an opportunity later this year where I can say farewell in person to many of the friends and supporters who I have known over these past years.
Our new Chair will be Cee Kay who I have known since the early 2000s and who brings a wide range of skills and experience from both within and without the charity sector. With the trustees and senior management teams I am happily confident that our charity will thrive.
Best wishes to all.
A message from St V's and St G's
This year St Vincent’s and St George’s Association embark on a year of change. It is a poignant time for the charity as we announce our wonderful Chairman; Les Bonney has retired. Les started his time with St Vincent’s in 2000, and quickly became their Chair, leading the merger with St Georges in 2010 and continuing as chairman of St Vincent’s and St George’s Association until now.
Les was a fantastic chair, dedicated to supporting the charity through both the highs and the lows, working with the senior team and pushing for the charity’s future. He was a hands-on chair, who will continue to support the charity. Les is well known in the business community and often used his networking connections to benefit the charity. He took on fundraising challenges including abseiling off Cheltenham’s tallest building, Eagle Star Tower and worked tirelessly to promote St Vincent’s and St George’s Association.
Over the last decade Les has worked to ensure the charity grows and develops. Since merging in 2013, Les has supported the charity to create and manage our Activities Hub, Phoenix, our Supported Living property Vincent Court and most recently, our Social Enterprise the Portland Guest House. Les guided us through the challenges COVID19 threw our way, and has left the charity in good hands with our new chair.
Whilst he will be missed, we look forward to seeing Les and his family at our events through out the year.
On behalf of our board, senior team and service users – past, present and future, we thank Les for his hard work, dedication and support.