New Business Manager for Rossendale Charity

New business development manager for Veterans In Communities Roger Chaney is welcomed by manager Bob Elliott (right)

By Catherine Smyth Media

A VETERANS’ charity that has been established for two years has appointed a business development manager to help the organisation grow.

Veterans in Communities is based in Haslingden but works widely throughout East Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Manager Bob Elliott said: “We had some outstanding candidates apply for the position and it was a difficult decision to make but we are delighted to announce the appointment of Roger Chaney.

“I will continue to run the operational side of VIC, while Roger will be taking a strategic view of the work that we do and seeing how we can take it forward.

“Roger’s appointment will enable me to take a step back so I can concentrate on the operational side.”

Roger does not have a forces background but brings a wealth of experience in financial project management in both the public and private sector.

He said: “I am going to help the team grow and develop financially. I will also be an active part of VIC,

“I want to get involved in the walks, the outreach and all the activities and projects that VIC is involved in so when I go to address groups and funders, as VIC’s representative, I know exactly what goes on here.

“This will help me put a financial strategy together to develop, to promote and to ultimately use this as a model to grow VIC into different areas.”

Roger, 47, from Barrowford, has worked for the Prince’s Trust since 2007 and in the early 1990s worked for banks and finance companies setting up finance packages for large car dealership groups.

He said: “I am used to dealing with everyone from the shop floor to senior directors and I am pretty successful in building relationships.

“What impressed me about VIC was how quickly the organisation obtained charitable status – just six months after becoming operational. That is testament to the ability of those behind the organisation. It has been very successful very quickly.

“With a strategic review of what VIC does, we will be able to grow the model organically, keeping the links that have already been established, while also extending that work outwards.”

The board of VIC has eight members but of those only two have a forces background.

Bob added: “It is important to have a mix of experience in the VIC team and in the board – Forces and civilian.”

VIC’s ethos is to help veterans return, belong and prosper in their communities.

For more information contact VIC on 01706 833180.

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