Community Links Bromley - Supporting Voluntary Action in the London Borough of Bromley

Community Links Bromley (CLB) is the integrated Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre covering the London Borough of Bromley. We work with a wide range of organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, from strategic representation to advice and guidance to supporting and empowering the voice of the sector.

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Introducing our new Chief Executive!

We will be welcoming to the team our new Chief Executive, Christopher Evans, who starts on Monday 30 September 2019. Christopher brings nine years’ experience as Chief Officer at Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Service (BBWCVS). He has worked for over 20 years at senior management level in the charity sector.

Formerly Chair of the Borough’s Civil and Military Partnership, he sits on several different strategic partnership boards including Basildon’s Health and Wellbeing Board and the Strategic Partnership Board for Sports England’s Essex Local Delivery Pilot (a £10 million investment programme). He has diverse experience of developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of customers, stakeholders and partners including local third sector organisations, private businesses and statutory agencies.

Recent service/funding initiatives he has led include:

  • securing the position as the Trusted Local Organisation for the Big Local programme (£1m programme) in the Heart of Pitsea
  • the Basildon Emergency Night Shelter (BENS) - a multi-agency award-winning shelter programme for rough sleepers and the homeless in Basildon
  • writing a successful National Lottery fund application (for the Building Better Opportunities programme) to develop funding partnerships for European Social Fund programme across the South East LEP area –Essex, Kent and East Sussex
  • securing the delivery of a Social Prescribing service in the area.      

He also managed the Basildon Volunteer Centre; has a proven ability to improve quality standards and monitor service delivery; and, as a former Citizens Advice volunteer adviser, has personal experience of volunteering. He has recently undertaken Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) training and, as a result, he is familiar with some of the latest thinking around ABCD development.