The representative body for charitable organisations operating in Jersey has appointed its first Chief Executive.
Beth Gallichan will officially assume her role at the Association of Jersey Charities (AJC) on 1 November, bringing with her nearly 20 years of experience in the charitable sector.
She will be responsible for encouraging and facilitating charitable endeavours, promoting cooperation among charitable organisations, providing representation and support for charities, offering training opportunities, and overseeing the equitable distribution of charitable funds.
Ms Gallichan has worked in the sector for a number of years, holding roles with the Jersey Youth Project, Headway Jersey, Autism Jersey, Raleigh International, Jersey Cares Refugee Aid Group, Brighter Futures, Community Savings, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Jersey Youth Arts, and Side by Side.
One of her notable achievements was the founding of the Groove de Lecq Festival, which raised more than £100,000 for local charities between 2013 and 2018.
As Chair of the Jersey Fundraising Forum, she played a key role in modernising the process for charities to claim tax relief on donations.
Currently, Ms Gallichan works with the Bristol Zoological Society, leading a capital campaign aimed at creating a new zoo for the 21st century in the West of England.
Her professional qualifications include holding a diploma in fundraising management from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.
"It's an incredible privilege to have the opportunity to lead the Association of Jersey Charities. For over 50 years, it has provided the advancement and support needed to ensure charities can operate and be successful in Jersey," she commented.
"As social inequalities and climate emergency threats grow, never before has it been more important to collaborate and be more united. My wish is to continue to advocate and innovate to best support the needs of charities and their beneficiaries."
Kevin Keen, Chair of the AJC, added: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Beth as our first Chief Executive, which will allow us to extend the range of services and enhance the support we are able to provide to our member charities. Beth is well known and respected in the sector and is ideally qualified for this role."
Ms Gallichan will present her vision and priorities at the AJC's annual general meeting, scheduled for next week on 14 September.
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