Eastside Primetimers (EP) is pleased to announce that following an extensive search, we have appointed Fred Payne as our new board chair.

Fred replaces Tony Buckland, who has been Chair since the merger of Eastside Consulting and Primetimers in 2013. EP’s staff and board thanks Tony for his service to the organisation as Chair. He will continue to contribute to the board as a non-executive director. Fred will be taking over at a crucial juncture in our organisational development, as we implement a growth plan for the years ahead and further strengthen our profile and service offer for our not-for-profit clients.

Fred has been Chief Executive of the Bank Workers Charity (BWC) since January 2003, leading a transformation of BWC from a widows and orphans charity to a modern service provider supporting people with a wide variety of problems. Following a career of over 30 years in financial services, he has used his skills to bring about innovations in the approach BWC takes to occupational benevolence. This has involved developing an innovative partnership delivery model with potential for use more widely across the benevolent and grant making sectors.

Fred has been driving improvements in the customer experience through digital and mobile access to early intervention services and promoting new concepts delivering employee wellbeing, pensioner services and the potential to use social investment.

Fred coming on board with EP is timely, in light of his experience with grant-making foundations and EP’s expanding interest in a ‘grant+’ model in the sector, blending traditional grant funding with support and social investment. This is set to be part of EP’s business plan for the coming years.

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