I am delighted to have joined the Charity Retail Association as their new Head of Public Affairs. I am in the fortunate position of taking over from Matt Kelcher, who has done an excellent job representing the charity retail sector in the corridors of power over the past four years.
I will be working together with colleagues across the organisation to ensure that all levels of government understand the importance of the charity retail sector. The more that politicians and officials understand charity retail the more likely they will be to take policy decisions that are favourable to the sector. As well as raising almost £300 million a year for good causes, charity shops support the environment by giving belongings that people no longer need a new lease of life; support the economy through creating employment and volunteering opportunities and are a key part of any successful high street.
I look forward to working to secure policy changes from the UK Government, devolved governments, and local councils that are supportive of charity retail. Key issues I will be working to address include the impact of taxation policies on the sector, local council charges for waste disposal, and the protection of staff and volunteers working in charity shops.
Please do get in touch with me if there any public affairs or policy issues that I can assist you with, or if you would like any assistance in working with your local elected representatives. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will also be attending many our upcoming meetings and look forward to meeting many of you at these meetings.
Before joining the Charity Retail Association, I was the Chief Campaigns Officer at the Campaign for Real Ale, where I worked on successful campaigns to reduce taxation on beer and pubs, strengthen planning protection for pubs and to introduce new legal rights for publicans.
Head of Public Affairs
Charity Retail Association