Charity Commission approves nomination of The Parish Trust’s first CEO

The Parish Trust is pleased to announce that the Reverend Dean Aaron Roberts has been appointed as the charity’s first Chief Executive Officer. The appointment has been ratified and confirmed by the Charity Commission for England and Wales after a thorough and rigorous open recruitment process.

Rev. Dean founded the charity back in 2019 and since then has led the charity as Chair of Trustees, building its reputation and steering its growth. Now, Rev. Dean will step down from the Board of Trustees to take on this new role to drive the charity forward into the future.

Rev. Dean hands on the role of Chair of Trustees to Mrs. Diane Brierley. Diane is currently the Treasurer on the Board and chaired the recruitment committee for the CEO post. Diane brings with her considerable experience of leading organisations, being the Executive Chairman of Cadwaladers Ice Cream, and having had a successful career in business with various companies.

Commenting on today’s announcement, she said,

The Board of Trustees is delighted with the appointment of Reverend Dean Roberts as the new Chief Executive Officer of The Parish Trust. Since founding the Charity in 2019, Rev. Dean was instrumental in leading the Charity to meet the needs of the local community during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Since then, the impact of the important work that the Charity has done has been significant. Led by the needs of the community, the work has included setting up a toddler group, youth club, community choir, and lunch club alongside the very important work of The CARE Project providing food and other support to families. We look forward to the future and seeing the impact of the Charity benefiting many more within our community.

Rev. Dean starts his new role as Chief Executive Officer having spent nine years in various roles in the Parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Marshfield, Michaelston-y-Fedw, Rudry, and St Brides, and latterly as Rector and Vicar in those areas. Rev. Dean is well known in the communities that The Parish Trust serves and comes into this role fully aware of the needs of the service area, and the opportunities for the charity to meet those needs.

Speaking about his new appointment, Rev. Dean said,

I am incredibly privileged to be appointed as the CEO of The Parish Trust. When I founded the charity back in 2019, I had no idea that the charity would grow to what it is today. The fact that the charity is able to appoint a CEO speaks volumes about the progress that has been made, and is testament to the passion, commitment, and faith of the Board of Trustees, the incredible staff team that we have, and our volunteers who are at the heart of our operations here. As CEO, I will strive to take the charity from strength to strength, continually finding new ways to bring life in all its fullness to more and more people. And as I take on this new calling, I do so by reminding myself that I am doing it for the benefit of others, and in the name of Jesus and his teachings, on which this charity is founded. We look to the future daunted, but incredibly excited at how The Parish Trust is going to grow, and how opportunities are going to unfold for us in this new chapter.

Rev. Dean will officially start his new role in the coming weeks after leaving his post with the Church in Wales. He will continue to undertake some ministerial duties as an ordained minister including as a Chaplain in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

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Please note that in order to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and to enjoy the Easter Holidays, The Parish Trust will be closed from Thursday 28th March 2024 and will reopen on Monday 8th April 2024. We wish all our stakeholders and beneficiaries a Happy Easter.

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