Pete At The Helm

Humanitarian response charity Serve On has taken a big step in its bid to expand the help it offers, by appointing a chief executive officer.

New CEO Pete Old, a former health service emergency management specialist, has 20 years’ experience of responding to international disasters and UK major incidents, and a wealth of operational experience with Serve On.

New CEO Pete Old, a former health service emergency management specialist, has 20 years’ experience of responding to international disasters and UK major incidents, and a wealth of operational experience with Serve On.

The organisation has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014, proving the value of the work its volunteers do in communities at home and abroad in times of need.

Now the Salisbury-based charity needs the guidance of a CEO to oversee its future growth so that it can help yet more communities.

Emergency preparedness and resilience expert Pete Old has been able to take up the part-time post thanks to the generosity of donors who attended a fund-raising dinner hosted last year by Serve On ambassador Joanna Lumley.

Pete, a former health service emergency management specialist, who has 20 years’ experience of responding to international disasters and UK major incidents, and a wealth of operational experience with Serve On, has been an invaluable source of guidance and advice to the charity for a number of years as a trustee.

His new position will enable him to provide the financial leadership the charity needs, oversee the recruitment of more volunteers and coordinate the expanding network of Community Resilience Teams. This will allow Serve On to reach thousands more people in need of community support, and to deliver hundreds of thousands more volunteering hours, while ensuring the sustainability of the charity.

Pete said: “My experience has shown me how valuable volunteers are in supporting their communities in crisis situations and how effective Serve On is at saving lives with its International Response Team. I am really proud to have been asked to help develop our teams further and to support the really brilliant work our selfless volunteers do both in the UK and abroad in really challenging conditions.”

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