The trustees of the Rainbow Centre, which is based in Folkestone and has been serving the people of the district since 1985, has appointed Alison Chambers to be its new Chief Executive when Jon Wilson steps down at the end of March.
Ali is an experienced development manager with a background in international humanitarian aid. She has worked extensively in the voluntary sector and with vulnerable people. After returning from a Foreign Office posting overseas she managed the 2016/17 winter shelter for the Centre before becoming its development manager. A committed Christian, she worships in the Trinity Benefice in Folkestone, where she lives with her husband and children.
Sir William Fittall, Chair of the Rainbow Centre’s Trustees says:
“We were fortunate to have 27 applications from across Kent and further afield for this challenging and significant role. Ali emerged from a strenuous selection process as the outstanding candidate and I warmly congratulate her on being the unanimous choice of the trustees as our new chief executive. Jon Wilson has led this Christian charity with skill and passion since 2011 and we are going to miss him greatly. We are confident, however, that, in Ali, we have found a successor who will sustain and develop the work of the Centre as it continues to deliver services locally to provide support and hope to individuals and families experiencing deprivation or hardship.”
Jon Wilson says of Ali’s appointment:
“I am delighted that Ali Chambers will be taking over this amazing charity, of which I am privileged to have been a part over the past seven years. Ali has worked hard alongside our many volunteers, staff and valued supporters, and I am confident that this well-respected and vital local charity is in safe hands. She has a good knowledge of the issues faced by our community and, more importantly, she cares about how these affect local people. I have every confidence in her ability to take this organisation from strength to strength.”
Of her appointment, Ali says:
“I am delighted and honoured to be asked to take on the role of CEO at a very exciting time in the Rainbow Centre’s development. Over the past seven years, Jon Wilson has made a huge contribution to the growth of the Centre and I am committed to continuing the fantastic work undertaken by both Jon, and the dedicated team of staff and volunteers. I look forward to helping shape the next stage of the organisation and to continue to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our local community receive the support they so desperately need.”
More details about the Centre’s services can be found here.