Volunteering Matters appoints new CEO

National charity Volunteering Matters has appointed Paul Reddish as its new chief executive.

The charity, which enables people to participate in their community through high impact volunteering and social action programmes, is currently led by Oonagh Aitken, who joined in 2012 and will step down from the role this year. She will continue as president of Volunteurope.

Reddish will join the charity from ProjectScotland, where he is currently chief executive. ProjectScotland is a youth volunteering charity that places young people in not for profit organisations and charities throughout Scotland in order to gain employability skills.

He has also worked in the finance sector, leading teams to drive engagement and growth at Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Outside of work, he is an active volunteer, with voluntary roles as director of Cricket Scotland and the chair for Inch Park Community Sports Trust in Scotland.

“I’m delighted to be joining Volunteering Matters. The charity is enabling countless individuals to make such a positive difference to their communities,” Reddish said.

“I’ve witnessed first-hand on in my role at ProjectScotland and in my own community volunteering the impact volunteering has on the individuals taking part and the communities they serve. Volunteering can and does support our response to countless social challenges.

"The role of volunteering today plays a crucial role in combating some of the major challenges we face such as rising inequality, social isolation and health and wellbeing.”

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