Leading figures from the world of housing, environment, equality and a former senior police officer are among those acting as trustees for a new community trust.
As the Bournemouth 2026 Partnership transforms in the midst of Government changes to become the Bournemouth 2026 Trust (incorporating a Community Development Trust and a Community Land Trust), the organisation, which has historically secured millions of pounds worth of Government funding to improve the town, has welcomed a new board of trustees.
They’ll help ensure the new charitable Trust delivers on four key priorities; namely regenerating Boscombe and West Howe, helping young people realise their potential and turning around the lives of troubled families.
Among the new trustees are Bob Boulton a former Chief Superintendent of Dorset Police, Adnan Chaudry of the Dorset Race Equality Council, Martin Hancock of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, Angela Pooley of Friends of the Earth, Viv Aird of Bournemouth Council for Voluntary Service, Martin Broad of the Bourne Spring Trust, Cllr Jane Kelly and Blair Crawford of the YMCA.
Debbie Clifton, Company Secretary of the new Trust, said: “Since its inception Bournemouth 2026 has brought tangible improvements; from work to reduce arson, tackling domestic violence and delivering customer care training to businesses. These are exciting times as we prepare our first project as a Trust to build new homes to help local people step onto the housing ladder in Boscombe and create an arts and culture hub there. Work is also underway in West Howe. Our trustees bring a wealth of experience and expertise, care deeply about the town’s future and are committed to delivering improvements for the benefit of local people.”
The Trust has applied for registered charity status and will be advertising for further trustees to complete the Board in the near future.