ARC announces new CEO

Photo: Jacqueline Bell

Jacqueline Bell, ARC’s new CEO

8 May 2012

The new Chief Executive of Association for Real Change (ARC) announces she has Europe in her vision for the future but members and users at the heart of everything she does as she starts her new role at ARC.

Members of staff at head office in England have been the first of the teams to meet Jacqueline Bell who enthusiastically spoke of the organisation and how she can take it forward to utilize and empower ARC’s mission and influence.

With a history in strategic development, public participation and local infrastructure, Jacqueline has the experience and know how, not to mention the realistic yet positive attitude needed for ARC to work towards a more successful future.

At 27 she was managing £5million of European funding and has stayed in the third sector ever since. In that time she’s set up Development Trusts from scratch and become a specialist at fundraising applications and at leading third sector organisations.

Her first couple of months will be focused on visiting the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland offices of ARC, attending events to meet members and users and seeing how she can put her plans into action.

The future for ARC looks full of positive change and growth. ARC Training Services has the potential to be delivered throughout Europe and ARC’s members and users will be key while we strive to become the voice for learning disability providers.

Tina Fahm, Chair of Association for Real Change, said: “I am really pleased to pass the baton over to Jacqueline and know that she will start this new chapter for ARC on the right foot. The sector is becoming more competitive and to survive we need to up our game; Jacqueline is someone who will maintain and sustain ARC’s momentum.

“ARC is yet to realise its potential but now we are poised to really start being the organisation we can be.”

Jacqueline Bell, Chief Executive of Association for Real Change, said: “I am delighted to be at ARC at a time where changes needed are in sync with my strengths. I want to empower ARC as a UK wide organisation and look towards branching out and working at a European level.

“Members and users of ARC are going to be at the heart of everything I do and I want to build ARC to be the first point of contact for advice, campaigning and for learning disability providers.”