Patricia Turner appointed as KVA Chief Executive 

I am delighted to be writing to you as the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Voluntary Action.

As many of you will know Hilary Garner, my predecessor, retired at the end of March 2018, after a phenomenal 25 year’s leading KVA and supporting the voluntary and community sector locally.

Some of you will know me and some of you won’t. So I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. 

I have worked for KVA since September 2012 as Health and Social Care Manager. Prior to this, I was with RBK and worked in the Voluntary Sector Unit for 7 years. I have extensive experience in the voluntary and community sector and I am a past Treasurer and Chair of Home-Start Merton.  I am currently a Trustee of a local Kingston charity.

As a result of the time I have spent working with the voluntary and community sector in Kingston, I am aware of the diversity and richness of what the Sector has to offer to the community. I am also aware of the challenges that the Sector faces; being asked to deliver more when there is less money for services, the changing demographics in the Borough and expectations of the communities we support.

I am excited to be taking the helm at KVA, in what is such an interesting and challenging time for our organisation - and the sector as a whole. For me, my focus is on working with voluntary and community sector partners in Kingston, to continue to build strong, resilient and connected community and to work in a collaborative way that is focused on our communities.
 
However, I want to hear from you. What do you want from KVA services, what are your needs and what are your concerns?
 
I look forward to continuing to work with you all to make Kingston a thriving borough for everyone. 

Patricia Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Voluntary Action