Michele Armstrong has been appointed to the new post of partnerships manager at Groundwork, which is dedicated to improving the lives of people across the region.
Michele will be responsible for raising the profile of Groundwork, creating new forms of income generation and developing new partnerships with the private sector and organisations with which Groundwork has not traditionally engaged.
Michele was formerly chief executive of the charity 2D, which supported the voluntary and community sector across Teesdale and Wear Valley, a post she held for 14 years.
Her previous experience comprised chief officer at Wear Valley Volunteer Development Agency, manager of Wear Valley Volunteer Bureau and a placement manager with the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders.
Kate Culverhouse, Groundwork’s chief executive, said: “Michele brings with her a wealth of experience that will benefit Groundwork as we further develop and grow the organisation for the good of the community in the North East and Cumbria.”
Michele said: “Groundwork is a social enterprise that transforms the lives and prospects of people across the North East and Cumbria as well as helping improve the fabric of the communities in which they live.
“My previous experience will stand me in good stead as I build upon and expand the number of private sector organisations with which Groundwork engages.”
Groundwork helps improve people’s employment prospects, enhance neighbourhoods and environments and promote greener living and working in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, which includes private companies, local communities, public bodies, housing associations and voluntary sector organisations.
Groundwork enriches people’s lives through an £8m annual programme, supported by a 200-strong staff team, based in more than 20 locations, who work alongside 120 volunteers.