Wendy Dean joins as new Chair of Realise to increase community impact

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Realise charity has appointed a new Chair to help increase its impact in the community. 

Wendy Dean will lead the charity’s board as it continues to refocus on new priorities to carry out its aim of building better futures in our communities across North Staffordshire through skills, jobs and health. 

Wendy is the CEO and founder of Newcastle-basedStrategi Solutions Group. She was HR Director of the Year in 2006, a finalist at the Forward Ladies Business of the Year Award in 2016, won a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, and has led Strategi Solutions Group, which employs 24 people, to be a finalist in the National Business Awards, Personnel Today Awards and the Staffordshire Chamber Awards.  

Wendy, who has been a member of the Realise charity board since February 2019, said: I’m absolutely delighted to take on this role, having lived in North Staffordshire all of my life.  I hope that my experience working within the community will enable me to help Realise take the next steps in its impressive work to date. 

Will Nixon, Trustee of Realise charity said: “Over the last ten years Realise has invested £4m across Staffordshire and supported over 10,000 people to overcome barriers to health, education and employment. During Wendy’s time on the board she’s displayed huge commitment to the charity and a drive to support our communities.  

“We’re excited to be working with Wendy in her new role as we strive to increase Realise charity’s impact in North Staffordshire.” 

Realise charity’s former Chair Philippa Holland has stepped down from the role, having successfully guided the charity since 2019 and having led the Aspire Housing board since 2011 

Will continued: We’d like to thank Philippa for her tireless work and dedication at we are aspireHer contribution over the past nine years has been invaluable and she has helped to shape the People First philosophy that now forms the heart of our strategy.”

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