UnLtd announces appointment of new Chief Executive

UnLtd announces apointment of new Chief Executive


29.05.06



UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Cliff Prior as its new Chief Executive. Mr Prior will succeed John Rafferty, who has headed UnLtd since its establishment in 2001.


Mr Prior, 49, joins UnLtd from mental health charity Rethink, where he has been Chief Executive since 1998.  Under his guidance, Rethink has grown to become the UK’s largest and most influential membership based voluntary sector service provider in mental health. Previously, Mr Prior worked as Programme Director at the Mental Health Foundation. He is a member of the Third Sector Commissioning Taskforce, National Leadership Network for Health and Social Care, and the Disability Rights Commission Formal Inquiry.


Jeremy Oppenheim, Chair of UnLtd’s Board of Trustees, said:


“On behalf of the Board I am delighted to welcome Cliff to UnLtd. Over the last four years UnLtd has grown into a thriving organisation which is now supporting thousands of exceptional individuals throughout the UK. He joins the organisation at an exciting time of new opportunities and growth and his experience will be valuable in helping take UnLtd forward. In Cliff we have an outstanding CEO and a worthy successor to John.”


Mr Prior said, ‘I am thrilled to be joining UnLtd at such a formative stage in the development of social entrepreneurship in the UK. It is a real privilege to have the chance to build on John Rafferty’s work and the success UnLtd is already showing in supporting people to transform their communities. From my early experience in setting up new organisations to meet pressing needs, I find UnLtd’s approach inspiring and highly relevant. I hope that over the coming years we can develop that work further, and to boost public understanding and support for social entrepreneurs.’
 
 Mr Prior will take up the position of CEO in November.


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Further Information :


Justine Law, Communications Manager, UnLtd: 020 566 1118/ 07963 730485/justinelaw@unltd.org.uk
www.unltd.org.uk


Notes to editors
• UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, is the UK’s leading  charity supporting individuals who have the ideas and the commitment to make a difference in their communities.


• UnLtd achieves this by providing a complete package of funding and support, to help these individuals start up and run projects that deliver social benefit. In doing so the organisation aims to foster a positive environment for social entrepreneurship in the UK.


• Each year, UnLtd supports around 1,000 social entrepreneurs, from six regional offices the UK (London, Birmingham, Bradford, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast).


• UnLtd’s Millennium Awards are funded by an endowment of granted in 2002 to the Millennium Awards Trust from the Millennium Commission. UnLtd is the Trustee of the Millennium Awards Trust. This endowment is carefully invested in order to fund UnLtd’s Millennium Awards in perpetuity.