Lincoln learning disability charity appoints new chief executive

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

Valerie will take up her new role in January 2016 having led the Gainsborough-based regional housing association Acis Group since 2006.

She succeeds Ges Roulstone, who retires in October after three years in the position.

Valerie has worked for Acis for 15 years, joining as company accountant in 2000, and has been credited with delivering huge company growth in her role as chief executive.

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 in Lincoln and a governor of Gainsborough Academy.

She said: “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.”

Linkage chairman Michael Oliver said: “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.”