Ipswich Building Society chiefs to take part in executive volunteering session

Richard Norrington, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society

Richard Norrington, chief executive of Ipswich Building Society - Credit: Archant

A “third sector” business is to get the opportunity to benefit from the management expertise of the senior team at Ipswich Building Society as part of its executive volunteering outreach programme.

Local social enterprises, community interest groups and charities are invited to apply to receive strategic advice during a half-day summer volunteering session scheduled for later this month.

The society’s chief executive, Richard Norrington, will be joined by finance director Kieron Blackburn, general manager (retail and distribution) Jo Leah, general manager (risk and compliance) Mark Nash and general manager (operations) Ian Brighton

Mr Norrington said: “As a mutual organisation we have a responsibility to support the communities in which we operate, and give something back to our heartland area.

“Our executive team volunteering scheme is a great, hands on way to offer help to those local third sector businesses who could really do with some extra support with strategic operations.”


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The executive team volunteering scheme has proved to be effective for local charities. A previous session carried out at Haverhill charity REACH provided assistance to the organisation to consider its future direction, setting clear business goals and priorities.

Henry Wilson, head of community projects at REACH, said: “Ipswich Building Society executives helped the REACH team to consider our five year plan.

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“Coupled with the information and guidance provided by the team this will help us to get the most out of our resources and allow us to continue to do all we can to help lift poorer individuals and families in Haverhill out of poverty.

“It was especially useful to gain insights about housing associations and this helped us to plan around expanding our housing services in the future,” he added.

Third sector businesses which wish to apply for executive level volunteering should email ceo@ibs.co.uk, explaining what their organisation does and what they need from the session. Applications close on June 21, with the session scheduled to run during the afternoon of Thursday, June 29.

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