Eastside Primetimers is pleased to announce that Jackie Ballard has joined the Board of its trading company. Jackie has had a long and distinguished career running a number of notable charities including Alcohol Concern, until July 2016, Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), RSPCA and Womankind Worldwide. Her governance experience includes the Board of Newlon Housing Trust; Outward, a charity that is part of the Newlon Group; Lambeth CCG, where she is an Associate Lay Member; and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (to 2013). Jackie’s career started in social work and education. She was elected as the MP for Taunton from 1997 to 2001.

Regarding her new role, Jackie said, “The economic and social climate is increasingly challenging for vital health, social care and housing organisations and I am delighted to join a specialist consultancy which can help them with change and innovation.”

Commenting on her appointment Richard Litchfield, Chief Executive of Eastside Primetimers said, “Working with large health and social care charities and with housing associations on strategic and transformational projects is a key part of our offer and Jackie will help us to tailor this even more for those clients. She will also bring to our Board a breadth of experience that covers large areas of social policy so that we are responding to tomorrow’s needs.”

Fred Payne, Chair of Eastside Primetimers commented, “I am really looking forward to Jackie’s contribution to the future strategy of the company. As a specialist organisation and business consultancy for charities and social enterprises, we are always looking to have great insights into our market’s needs and to be well connected with people who can help us to increase the impact that we can make in the future and Jackie will certainly help us in this.”

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