New AirS Chief Executive Announced

Action in rural Sussex (AirS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Petrina Mayson as its new Chief Executive.

Chantal Wilson, Chairman of the Board of Action in rural Sussex commented “Whilst it will be very difficult to say goodbye to Jeremy Leggett as CEO, we are thrilled that Petrina will be joining AirS in that role at the end of July. There are many challenges ahead but Petrina has the energy and determination to meet those challenges and to ensure that AirS serves the rural population of Sussex to the best of its ability.

Petrina will move from her current role leading the Sussex-based Now Charity Group Ltd at the end of July. She brings a wealth of senior management and fundraising experience, both from this post and from her previous roles with Age UK East Sussex and Sussex Downs College, and these will complement the existing skills and knowledge of the staff team at Action in rural Sussex.

Following her appointment, Petrina said “I am thrilled to be able to lead AirS into the next chapter of its vital work supporting the rural communities of Sussex. Whilst any voluntary organisation in Sussex currently faces funding challenges, the skill set at AirS place it in a strong position to rapidly create a sustainable social enterprise. I look forward to getting to know my new team and working with them and the Board of Trustees to deliver vibrant new services to meet the needs of Sussex’s rural communities.

The trustees and staff of Action in rural Sussex are greatly looking forward to Petrina’s arrival. However, this means that at the end of July the organisation will be saying a sad farewell to its long-serving Chief Executive Jeremy Leggett after 29 years in post.

The organisation would like to play tribute to the contribution that Jeremy has played over the last 3 decades in gaining recognition for the issues faced by those living in rural Sussex. It is hoped he will continue to contribute to the rural cause both in Sussex and nationally for a long time to come.

Chantal Wilson, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Action in rural Sussex.


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