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    • by Gemma Lelliott

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    As I approach my 3-year anniversary with CTA, I’ve been spending some time reflecting on our work with members, partners, stakeholders and funders, and thinking about the future. We have navigated some tricky challenges and worked in partnership to develop some really exciting opportunities, and as we start putting the finishing touches to our plans for the next year I have some important news to share.

    As many of you know, I stepped up to cover the Director for Wales post on an interim basis last summer while Rachel Burr has been on maternity leave. Over the last 6 months I have been following the path she laid out for us and the roadmap our members helped us to create, driving forward our policy and public affairs work alongside our operational and development projects with enormous support from Michelle, Emma and David in Wales and the whole CTA team across the UK. I’m really pleased to say we have taken some big steps forward with so much of this work, securing new funding, influencing key decision makers, and continuing to build relationships which we hope will lead to even more opportunities to grow Wales’ accessible and inclusive transport network.

    As we approach the planned end to my secondment, Rachel has announced she is moving on to a different post within the third sector in Wales, having secured a really exciting opportunity as Wales Director for Diabetes UK. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and I know she will continue to be an advocate and champion for the community transport sector.

    Which leads to my exciting news! I am thrilled to announce that I have been asked to stay on as Director for Wales on a permanent basis, which as you can imagine I gracefully (fizzing over with excitement!) accepted. I love this job. I love working at CTA with this incredible team, and finding ways to deliver the right support in the right places to groups and organisations who are doing their best for their communities. I am very proud that Bill and the board of trustees have placed their trust in me and feel that I have the right skills, experience and attitude to continue to work alongside operators, partners, and stakeholders to deliver a transport system in Wales that truly works for everyone.

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    • Neil Lewis

      15:48 14th January 2022

      Well deserved Gemma. Best wishes and Congrats.

    • Jason Donaghy

      15:06 14th January 2022

      Congratulations on being appointed on a permanent basis to the position of Director for Wales! I know the team in County Fermanagh and the community transport sector in Northern Ireland are keen to engage, learn and exchange in terms of policy and practice with you and the folks in Wales, supported by the amazing Noeleen Hayes who has taken up post as Director for NI.

    • Beverley Mather

      06:35 14th January 2022

      Congratulations you really do deserve this. You have worked so hard over the 3 years more so these last few months of covering Rachel’s maternity leave 👏

    • Caroline Wilson

      17:50 13th January 2022

      Congratulations Gemma so well deserved. Good luck to Rachel in her new role too.

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