Linkage Appoints New Chief Executive

The Lincolnshire-based learning disability charity, Linkage Community Trust, has announced that Valerie Waby is to become its new chief executive.

Valerie, who has led the Gainsborough-based regional housing association, Acis Group, since 2006, will succeed Ges Roulstone who retires in October after three years.

Valerie has worked for Acis for 15 years, joining as company accountant in 2000 then progressing to Finance Director before being promoted to Chief Executive. In her current role, she has been credited with leading Acis through housing acquisitions and setting up joint venture partnerships, delivering huge company growth.

Of her appointment, Valerie says: “This is an exciting opportunity to lead an ambitious charity as it approaches its 40th anniversary and to help steer the organisation towards developing its services for more people with learning disabilities.”

Outside of work, she has served as a trustee of the Samaritans nationally and is currently a listening volunteer for the charity. Valerie is also a trustee of the Cory Environmental Trust (Lincoln) and a governor of Gainsborough Academy.

Linkage chairman Michael Oliver says: “Valerie brings a track record of successful people and financial management to this charity. It’s an important task to ensure Linkage remains financially stable despite the economic climate in the public sector, and delivers high-quality education, care and support while expanding our range of services. We look forward to working with Valerie as we celebrate a special milestone and beyond.”

Valerie will take up her new role in January 2016.