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Meet our new Head of Charity

In every organisation there is change and for LRSN that is no exception. In October, our Project Manager, Alison Twiddy leaves us after 14 years in the post. As the face of LRSN in so many ways, Alison will leave her mark on our organisation, and is leaving us in excellent shape with sustainable funding streams, a strong staff team, and our family of wonderful volunteers, without whom LRSN just wouldn’t be!

In 2007, Alison took over from our first-ever Project Manager, Vanessa Lindley and since then, she has overseen the vast progress we have made, expanding our reach and the range of services we offer. We hope that she will not leave us entirely, however, but will join our team of caseworkers, that indispensable resource of volunteers who help Lincolnshire’s farming and rural families get through tough times.

So, the process of recruiting a new staff member to lead our charity through its next stages of development was completed in early April. We have renamed the job Head of Charity and we are so excited that Amy Thomas will join us at the end of June for an extended induction and handover with Alison. We look forward to welcoming Amy to our LRSN family and to supporting and traveling with her as she helps LRSN to develop further in the coming years.

Having lived in rural Lincolnshire for almost 20 years, Amy has worked in various charity settings to support people living in rural communities, including as Director of Communities for YMCA Lincolnshire and Head of Operations for Community Lincs.

In her most recent role, she has been responsible for establishing a new partnership between The Centre for Ageing Better, Lincolnshire County Council, and East Lindsey District Council, focusing on making a transformational difference to people’s later lives. Passionate about improving the lives and wellbeing of the residents of rural Lincolnshire; giving them the skills, resources, connections, and confidence to deliver a better future for themselves, the people they care about and the communities they live in, LRSN is the perfect platform for Amy to utilise her skills.

Amy says: “Both myself and my husband are from farming families and were brought up on farms in North Yorkshire and Pembrokeshire respectively, and so the work of LRSN is very close to my heart. I love to spend time out and about, enjoy celebrating the county's vibrant agricultural community with my family at local shows, and can regularly be found either amongst the vintage tractors or with the livestock where my training as a Young Farmer in fat lamb judging is regularly unappreciated by my children!”

We very much look forward to Amy joining the team at the end of June.