We had a chat with our new Chief Executive Alison Semmence in our courtyard, to see what she is thinking about York CVS so far.

How you are feeling about the move?

I am excited to be moving to York and joining York CVS.  I’ve spent a few days meeting many of my new colleagues already. Having the opportunity to hear about all the amazing work going on has been great.  There’s plenty of talent at York CVS. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone.

Jane Hustwit, our Chair, has been extremely helpful in updating me on what’s going on across the sector. Together we will ensure key stakeholders and partners are met with as soon as possible. If you would like to get in touch, contact jane.hustwit@yorkcvs.org.uk

I can’t wait to move to York; it is a beautiful city. I already have a list as long as my arm of people from Southend who want to visit…

What you are thinking about?

My head is spinning a bit at the moment.  I’m juggling my departure from my current role as CEO of SAVS (Southend’s equivalent to York CVS) with saying endless goodbyes. You get to know so many people over ten years.

At the same time, I’m in close contact with York CVS. I’m putting things in place for when I get started on 5 November, so I can hit the ground running.  Anything I can do now to allow that to happen is a bonus.

I’m buying a house in York too…so my head is also swimming with mortgage deeds, flooring, removal vans and new furniture!

And, at this point in time, what do you plan to do first?

I am keen to meet the rest of the team at York CVS, including our trustees and volunteers. Strategic partners and colleagues in the voluntary sector are next on my list.  I want to have a thorough understanding of the issues and challenges here in York, as well as hear more about the important work the sector is doing already.