Long serving chair of Stroud Valleys Project Patricia Rowan has stepped down after seven years in this key post. She is being replaced by retired chartered accountant Gerry Robbins of Minchinhampton.

Brought up in South Wales (Neath Grammar School and Swansea University) Gerry graduated with a joint honours degree he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked with what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 30 years, the last 25 as a partner. In addition to the UK he has lived and worked in Brazil, Kenya, Peru and the United States.

For the last 15 years he has lived in Minchinhampton, taking an active role within the community. He has been Chair of Governors of Stroud College and has recently stepped down as Chair of Stroud District Council's Standards Committee after three years in office. Work with charitable organizations has included Chair of Victim Support London and currently as a Trustee with Saferworld, a London based international charity concerned with conflict prevention.

Gerry has been a member of the Stroud Valleys Project's Friends Scheme since it started  and was previously a Board member for several years.

Gerry said: "I am delighted to take on the responsibility of Chair of Stroud Valleys Project in its 21st birthday year knowing that it has many keen supporters, a committed staff and a core of enthusiastic volunteers.  I am looking forward to continuing the good work that the charity does with local people to improve the  environment.”

Director of projects for SVP, Clare Mahdiyone said:  “Although we are sad to see Patricia go and thank her for her sterling work over what have been challenging times for the charity and the environment  - we are very pleased to welcome Gerry with his comprehensive background in both business and charity work.”

Stroud Valleys Project is a limited company,
registered in England and Wales.    

Registered number: 2224016    

Registered charity number: 900107

Stroud Valleys Project,
8 Threadneedle Street,
Stroud,
Gloucestershire,
GL5 1AF

Tel: 01453 753358

Fax: 01453 755641

Email: info@stroudvalleysproject.org

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