Age Concern, the charity committed to combating loneliness, isolation, dementia and so much more among Lancashire’s elderly population, has announced its new Chair of Trustees.
Norman Tenray is the CEO of OBAS UK Ltd, an Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University and performs a non-executive director role with the North & Western Lancashire Chambers of Commerce. Now at Age Concern, Norman explained his role is to build on the historical success in delivering crucial services and support to the local community.
“I believe there’s real opportunity to build on the tremendous achievements and goodwill that’s been generated historically and protect it for future generations. We’re all living longer, yet at a time when need has never been greater organisations like Age Concern find ourselves with some very specific funding challenges when it really should be the reverse. I’m hoping I can help take the organisation forward by thinking outside the box and explore new revenue streams to support an incredible team who are enthusiastic, passionate, focused and committed.”
Norman, who was elected to the board together with three new trustees, was quick to pay tribute to outgoing Chair Ann Gaskell, who held the position for 10 years, and fellow departing trustees Audrey Knowles, Theresa Whittaker and Sylvia Williams.
“I have some very big shoes to fill,” he said, “but that’s the appeal of the challenge isn’t it? Knowing that you have to up your game to meet the standard that has been set.”
Ann Gaskell thanked the entire Age Concern team for their support over the past decade, saying, “You know how much I have enjoyed my time at Age Concern but I know that the time is now right for me to move on from the role.” She added she was “full of optimism” for the future of the organisation.