We are delighted to announce that Bridie Ashrowan will be stepping into the role of Chief Executive at the end of March 2021, when Ella Simpson retires after leading EVOC for more than twelve years.
Bridie has over thirty years’ experience in the community sector, having worked in start-ups, social enterprise and business, including her most recent position as Chief Executive at Space & Broomhouse Hub. In fact, she successfully headed the £3.2 million capital investment programme to open the Hub – a local community development trust in an area that has some of the highest child and in-work poverty in Scotland – towards the end of 2019.
‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead EVOC and to take up the reins from Ella Simpson. Across the communities of Edinburgh, there will be many who will face hugely challenging circumstances. I look forward to working with partners, this talented team and the folk of Edinburgh in building a future together that we can be proud of.’
Ella Simpson (Current Chief Executive) said:
‘I’ve had the most amazing time working for EVOC. It has been an absolute privilege to work with such an incredible team and dedicated Board. It’s in our DNA to work WITH people, partners and all our stakeholders and I know that Bridie will build on that strong heritage. It would always have been bitter sweet to leave EVOC and this has been a particularly difficult year for everyone. However, I know the strength and courage of EVOC and our sector and I’m convinced that with Bridie’s leadership and the dedication of the EVOC team, peoples’ voices and the sectors’ value will be heard and understood.’
Earlier this year EVOC committed to a three-year strategic plan, informed by their deep understanding of the practice, priorities and pressures in communities, the voluntary sector and the public sector and Bridie’s extensive experience will ensure she can steer the organisation to the successful delivery of that strategy through the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Jan-Bert van den Berg (EVOC Chair) commented:
‘I am looking forward to working with Bridie on the many challenges that communities and voluntary organisations in Edinburgh face over the coming years. She, our depute CEO Ian Brooke, and our amazing staff will make a formidable team and provide the best possible leadership, advocacy and support to the sector over the coming years. Although Ella won’t leave her post until the end of March 2021 I would like to thank her for leading EVOC with so much energy, dedication and skill over the last 12 years.’
Bridie will officially take up the role of Chief Executive for EVOC at the end of March, but will be doing a phased handover with Ella in the coming weeks and months, as the organisation continues to be a leader and catalyst of social change to support inclusive communities, working with the voluntary sector.