Changes within the Action in rural Sussex Board of Trustees – October 2019

Thursday 17th October 2019 saw the 25th Annual General Meeting of Sussex Rural Community Council (Action in rural Sussex) held at Buxted Park Hotel.

This AGM marked some major changes regarding the Board of Trustees, with both Chairman of the Trustees Chantal Wilson and the Honorary Treasurer Andrew Colquhoun stepping down from their positions.

Chantal has been Chairman of the Trustees since 2009 and during her tenure has helped push the charity forward through some challenging times.

The past 10 years as a trustee of AirS has given me an insight into the needs of rural communities and how these needs are often hidden and unmet by statutory organisations. I am immensely proud that AirS helps to meet those needs by targeting its resources at the most needy groups. It also helps communities to become self-sufficient and less dependent on public services. AirS is a gem in the charity sector in Sussex, quietly going about its business to improve the lives of those who live in the most rural areas.”

The Honorary Treasurer, Andrew Colquhoun joined the board of Trustees in 2013 and as Treasurer has enabled the charity to continue its vital work, despite cuts in public funding.

We wish both Chantal and Andrew the very best wishes for the future.

In view of the above changes, we are delighted to announce that Vice Chairman Alex Ingham-Clark will replace Chantal as Chairman. We also would like to welcome Rev. Rob Dillingham as Vice-Chairman and Neil Smith as Honorary Treasurer.

Alex said of his new position,“After four years as a trustee, three under the able Chairmanship of Chantal Wilson, I’m delighted to become Chairman of AirS. Chantal hands over leaving our charity in much better shape than when she started. We have many continuing challenges, so I look forward to working with our very able and professional team, led by Petrina Mayson our CEO, to continue and enhance the support we give to rural communities.”

We would like to congratulate Alex, Rob and Neil in their new roles and look forward to working with them in continuing to support rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”