Avenue Services welcomes new Community Director

16 December 2021

Alan Smith

Avenue Services is pleased to announce that Blacon resident Alan Smith has been appointed to its Board as a Community Director.

Based in Blacon, Avenue Services is a joint venture between Sanctuary Group and Cheshire West and Chester Council providing community, environmental, housing, and youth services for the area.

Alan has lived in Blacon for almost 60 years and attended Dee Point Primary and Blacon High School. Now semi-retired, he previously worked for organisations including the University of Chester and the former Cheshire County Council.

He is actively involved with community organisations, including the Here and Now social group for older people, and is Chair of the Blacon History Group.

Alan said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to the Board and look forward to getting to work.

“So much has already been achieved in Blacon over recent years. I’m excited to contribute to that ongoing work and to look at what we can do to achieve even more.”

Alan replaces former community director Sarah Kirkup, who has reached the end of her two-year term on the board.

Paul Knight, Head of Avenue Services, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Alan onto the Avenue Services Board. He brings a genuine passion for Blacon and a wealth of skills and experience, and I have no doubt he will make an extremely valuable contribution to our work.

“I’d also like to formally thank Sarah Kirkup for all her hard work and dedication over the past two years. Sarah has been a valuable member of the board during a very challenging period for the organisation and our residents, and we wish her well for the future.”

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