WESC welcomes new CEO Jane Bell
WESC Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jane Bell.
Jane Bell joins WESC Foundation from the charity Shared Lives South West where she has been Chief Executive for 14 years. Alongside her team, Jane has grown Shared Lives from conception through to the vibrant, successful charity it is today. Previous to that Jane and her family lived in London where she was deputy chief executive at the Alzheimer’s Society for 10 years.
Announcing Jane’s appointment, Noel Fowler, WESC Foundation’s Chair of Trustees said today: “I am delighted that Jane Bell has joined us as CEO after such a successful 14 years at Shared Lives. She is enthusiastic, passionate, energetic, ideally qualified and experienced to continue the successful delivery of WESC’s services and lead our charity into the next phase of development in supporting visually impaired young people.”
Jane Bell elaborates on her new role: “I am tremendously excited to have joined WESC as the new CEO. I have a background in leadership roles in charities including Shared Lives South West, the Alzheimer’s Society, and Rethink as well as working in adult mental health services for Birmingham City Council.
“Shared Lives South West supports people with learning disabilities, sensory impairment, mental health issues and other conditions to live in the home of one of our Shared Lives carers and get the support they need to live life to the full. It really is a wonderful, inspiring charity, and we have been able to significantly grow and develop our services over the years. It’s been an amazing place to work”.
“All the roles I have had in my career have been with people who are at risk of being marginalised by disability, and about finding ways to support and enable them to live a full life. This is something I am pleased to continue at WESC Foundation – supporting young people with a visual impairment and complex needs to experience the fullest life, achieve their dreams and find their place in the world as citizens.
“I love living and working in the South West and want people to recognise that it’s a hive of innovation and good practice. I feel very fortunate to be able to continue my career in the charity sector in such a fantastic place.
“I am very excited about my new role at WESC Foundation and look forward to working with the learners, staff, volunteers, trustees and the community to carry forward and develop all the great work that WESC does to improve the lives of people with visual impairment.”