Jane begins in post next month and is well-known to VONNE as its former chair. She brings with her many years of experience working in the North East voluntary sector primarily with a focus on health and wellbeing.
This includes running a local infrastructure organisation, leading the service provider organisation Pioneering Care Partnership, and as a trustee and director of various charities and a community interest company. Latterly she has worked as a consultant supporting VCSE organisations across the North East.
Jane has been a director/trustee of VONNE since 2010 and took on the role as chair in 2013. She is a keen cyclist, preferring to cycle in her beloved Teesdale, and is a regular competitor in the Great North Run.
She said: “I feel very privileged to have been selected as chief executive of VONNE. Having worked closely with the organisation as chair I am acutely aware of VONNE’s excellent reputation and responsibility as the go-to organisation for knowledge and intelligence on the sector in the North East.
“I’m fortunate to be joining an existing strong team and will work hard to ensure the sector continues to have a voice and influence at the highest level.”
Nancy Doyle, acting chair of VONNE, added: “VONNE has a leading role to play in the highlighting with stakeholders and policymakers the needs of our communities in the North East. I am confident that in Jane we have a strong leader who will take up the reins and drive the organisation forward in what will be a challenging year for the sector with the upcoming general election and continuing austerity measures affecting many charities and their beneficiaries.”
Fiona Ellis, from Millfield House Foundation was an independent member of the interview panel. She said: “As befits a leading VCS organisation in the North East, VONNE undertook a very thorough process to find a replacement for Jo Curry.
“The quality of the candidates made choosing difficult for the panellists but in Jane Hartley VONNE will have a skilled and knowledgeable new leader who will soon, I have no doubt, put her own stamp on the organisation.”