VENTURE Trust, a UK charity based in Edinburgh, has announced the appointment of Amelia Morgan as its new chief executive officer.
Ms Morgan joined Venture Trust in June 2010 as head of finance and administration.
For the last three years she has also taken on the role of head of development for Venture Trust’s social enterprise, Venture Mòr.
The charity said she could not be better placed to take on the demanding challenges of leading Venture Trust into a successful future.
Ms Morgan has more than 20 years’ experience in the public and charity sectors. She has a background in nature conservation, working with UK and Scottish statutory advisers to government, initially in conservation policy and projects.
She then moved into business support, gaining extensive experience in areas of finance and administration, governance, change management and organisational development.
In her last role, she was chief executive officer of Yorkshire Universities, a membership charity furthering the contribution of higher education in Yorkshire and beyond.
She was also a non-executive director of an online graduate recruitment social enterprise, promoting employment opportunities for graduates in Yorkshire.
Ms Morgan said: “I’m passionate about supporting people to realise their potential. At Venture Trust, many of those we help have experienced considerable and complex challenges in their lives.
“They often have incredibly low self-esteem, and in many cases have been told they will not amount to anything.
“Their aspirations are based around surviving and getting by, whilst relationships are fractured and behaviours destructive. We help them to change that.
“I have been extremely fortunate to be able to contribute towards the work of Venture Trust and to be part of a passionate team of people.
“We gauge our impact and success by celebrating the achievements of the people we support, whether it is gaining sustainable accommodation, reducing negative and risky behaviours, forging positive peer networks or moving towards employment, education, training or volunteering.
“Our goal should be that our services are valued for their impact – for individuals, communities and on society – and how we work; as a trusted and effective partner.
“Getting this right will ensure that some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people can lead more positive, productive lives.”
Venture Trust has bid a fond farewell to outgoing chief executive Mark Bibbey. Ms Morgan added: “Mark was a respected and influential leader, and will be greatly missed. We wish him all the best in his new role at Poppyscotland.”