New Chief Executive for Voluntary Action Rotherham

30th July 2019

Leading voluntary and community sector support charity Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) has announced the appointment of Shafiq Hussain as its new Chief Executive.

Currently Deputy Chief Executive at VAR Shafiq will take up his new post in the New Year, taking over from Janet Wheatley MBE DL, who will be retiring in December, after 16 years of leading the charity.

Shafiq has worked in the voluntary and community sector (VCS) for the last 20 years and brings with him a wealth of public and private sector knowledge skills and experience, having previously worked for a Local Authority.

Shafiq said “I am hugely excited and honoured to be appointed Chief Executive of VAR. VAR has been at the forefront of voluntary and community sector support in Rotherham for 40 years. The sector in Rotherham plays a critical role in the daily lives of people in every part of the Borough and VAR’s remit is to ensure that we continue to support, develop and promote the VCS, so we can get the very best outcomes for all our communities”

“I look forward to continue to work with the dedicated and skilled staff team, our volunteers, the Board, our members and stakeholders to maximise the impact of the organisation and its important work.”

Sarah Whittle, Chair at VAR said “We are delighted to appoint Shafiq as the next Chief Executive, his significant senior leadership experience will help us to drive through our strategy and plans and establish a strong new long term vision for the organisation.”

“Shafiq is ideally placed to continue the excellent work of our retiring Chief Executive, Janet Wheatley and the Board are looking forward to working together with Shafiq as we embark on this new and exciting era for VAR.”