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BCHA Director Laura Jump elected as trustee of Community Action Network

BCHA’s Director of Change, Transformation and Growth, Laura Jump, has been elected to the board of trustees of local Dorset charity, Community Action Network (CAN), which provides professional and practical support to organisations working within the voluntary and community sector in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Laura Jump recently returned to Dorset where she grew up, following a career in the UK civil service, international aid and community activism in the UK. She has more than six years of combined experience as a trustee of various charities including BOND which is the UK’s network of international development organisations.

She is an advocate for the importance of community based action and volunteering as well as for the membership networks that support these place based activities to learn from one another and have influence on decision makers.

As Global Director of External Relations at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Laura was part of the founding leadership team for a new organisation seeking to democratise the information and knowledge available to voluntary responders to crises around the world – the purpose of this organisation was to recognise the absolutely critical role that community groups play in responding to the inequalities and disasters that many face.

From this she went on to be the CEO of On Our Radar, an organisation seeking to support the most marginalized in society to have their lived experience recognized as expertise and improve public understanding of the inequalities of the UK through genuine storytelling.

Laura also has experience as a volunteer and has worked with a number of volunteer based organisations including Project Trust, Envision and ACF UK.

She brings with her a commitment to good governance, an understanding of the value of sharing information and learning between community based organisations and a passion for collaboration.

Commenting on her new trustee role, Laura said:

“I am very much looking forward to working with CAN’s board of trustees and supporting the charity in its work to empower the voluntary sector, enable volunteering and involve communities in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. We want them to be places where strong, healthy, diverse and vibrant communities flourish. Together we can improve the communities within which we live and work – networks like CAN are central in supporting those doing the most critical work to achieve their own missions.”

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