Julian Prior, Chair of Trustees for NACCOM, has announced that he will be stepping down from the role in November. In a statement he said:



“I wanted to let you know that after six years of being Chair of the Trustees Board at NACCOM I will be stepping down from this role at our AGM on 18th November. Having started as a freelance consultant in May (after stepping down from my employed post as CEO of Action Foundation) I no longer feel that I have the capacity to lead NACCOM’s Board.  

“However, I am delighted to say that Caron Boulghassoul, a fellow founding trustee, will be taking over from me and we have been working together for the last three months with our Director, Bridget Young, and Vice Chair Jonathan Darling, to ensure a smooth transition and hand-over.

“Many of you know Caron well, but for those that don’t she has been involved in NACCOM through her work as CEO of Nottingham Arimathea Trust (one of NACCOM’s founding members) from 2010 and she was part of the original steering group that Dave Smith (founder of NACCOM) brought together in 2012 prior to registering as a charity in 2015. Caron has a Masters in Charity Resource Management and is a member both of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and also the Institute for Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (holding a Diploma in Charity Accounting).  

“Caron is also passionate about supporting people with lived experience of the refugee journey into leadership roles and commented on her appointment, “I will commit to working with the Director and fellow trustees to identify ways to further strengthen lived experience voices on the board, with the hope that once I feel it is the right time for me to step down, that others with lived experience on the board would feel confident to put themselves forward for this role.” Caron herself has lived experience of homelessness which has enabled her to truly empathise with people facing housing uncertainty and extreme poverty.”

“I am very sad to be leaving NACCOM but I am very proud to have worked with such a great team of staff and trustees and such an inspirational network to have achieved so much in the last six years and to be leaving the charity in a strong place to continue its vital work into the future.”

“With much appreciation.”

Caron will officially take on the role of Chair at our AGM in November. If you would like to get in touch with Julian, Bridget or Caron regarding this announcement, please do so via this link.