Tuesday, 27 November 2012

New Appointment at the Arthur Rank Centre

The Trustees of The Arthur Rank Centre are delighted to confirm the appointment of Mr Jerry Marshall as CEO with effect from 1 December 2012.   Jerry takes over from The Reverend Dr Gordon Gatward who is retiring after thirteen years of distinguished service.

Jerry joins the Arthur Rank Centre  from Transformational Business Network, a network of business people using enterprise to alleviate poverty and transform communities.  An entrepreneur, he brings with him skills in bringing diverse organisations together to respond to opportunities and tackle needs. His career has encompassed agriculture and engineering and includes international speaking, lobbying and national broadcast media experience. A member of Westwood Church, Coventry, he led a rural church congregation for 18 years and has been involved in youth and business ministries.

“Rural communities are at a critical point,” says Jerry. “There are massive opportunities, for example as broadband increases scope for remote working, but also crises shaking the agricultural sector and the challenges of rural transport, housing and employment. Local churches can be part of the solution if hard pressed ministers find appropriate support and resources. This is where we can help. The Arthur Rank Centre is well respected with some important projects and I look forward to working with Trustees and staff to build on these achievements and move the organisation onto the next stage.”

The Arthur Rank Centre is a Christian charity supported by the National Churches and the Rank Foundation, which supports rural churches and their communities through a programme of community and social projects, resourcing and training; website: www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk

For more information please contact:
Joy Montgomery 024 7685 3060  joym@arthurrankcentre.org.uk

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