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CEO steps down at The Wallich

Lindsay Cordery-Bruce is leaving The Wallich to become the new chief executive of Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

She took over as chief executive of The Wallich in January 2018 and will leave in the first week of April 2024. Interim arrangements are being put in place with the current executive team and board of trustees.

Interim chair of The Wallich board of trustees, Cinzia Porcedda, said: ‘During her time as CEO, Lindsay has led The Wallich, and the work to end homelessness in Wales as a whole, outstandingly. Living up to our five values, Compassion and Community have been particular drivers of her work. She led on great changes within and beyond the organisation, including creating and fostering a work culture, a general environment of inclusivity and mutual respect and faced the challenges of COVID and the cost of living crisis.

‘I want to assure the entire Wallich, all the communities we serve and our stakeholders, that Lindsay’s legacy will be fostered and honoured, as the executive team and the board of trustees move us forwards.

‘I wanted to close with a final remark to let Lindsay know that myself and the board are incredibly grateful to her for the energy, vision and heart that she dedicated to The Wallich, and the communities we serve these past six years. We wish her the absolute best in all of her future plans and endeavours.’

Dr Cordery-Bruce said: ‘My time at The Wallich has been incredible and I’m so proud of what we have all achieved together. I leave the role feeling confident that homelessness can end, and we know how it can be achieved in Wales. Now it comes down to resources and political will to make this happen.

‘I  feel privileged to have been part of those discussions and I would like to thank stakeholders, funders and colleagues for your ongoing passion and commitment.’

Key highlights from her six years as CEO include representing The Wallich on the Homeless Action Group, The Homeless World Cup and advising Government on how to end homelessness.

Katie Dalton, director of Cymorth Cymru, the homelessness sector’s umbrella membership organisation, said: ‘Lindsay will be missed enormously by the homelessness and housing support sector. She is someone I have always been able to count on, who always stands up for what is right. Her leadership has been a bright light during an incredibly challenging few years.’

The Wallich runs more than 100 homelessness-related projects and services across Wales. In 2023, it supported more than 7,000 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness.


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