RVA’s new CEO is Claire Cordell

Tim Hemmings, Chairman of RVA said: “I am pleased to announce that Claire Cordell has been appointed as CEO of RVA from September 2020. The Board was fortunate in having an outstanding field of candidates to choose from..

RVA  is well known to Claire having worked closely with her and her team at Little Gate Farm since 2012. Reflecting on her appointment, Claire said: “I am hugely honoured to be appointed new Chief Executive Officer for Rother Voluntary Action. There is a strong sense of community in Rother and many passionate, creative community groups, charities, social enterprises, and individuals. RVA has been providing crucial support to the voluntary and community sector in Rother since 2006, and I am delighted to lead the organisation when this support has never been more vital.”


Claire added, “Voluntary and statutory bodies in Rother have a great capacity for joint working and I’m looking forward to building on this and continuing to be ambitious for our communities to ensure they grow stronger and more resilient”.

Ckaire is currently mentoring start-up not for profits through the School of Social Entrepreneurs, British Association of Supported Employment and UnLtd.

Since March, she has also been a volunteer with HEART in Hastings,where she lives with her family, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Acting CEO, Gina Sanderson, who is retiring, said “I am confident that Claire’s experience in leadership and her forward-looking vision will enable RVA to continue to best support the community. On behalf of RVA staff, we are wishing all the very best in her new role, and look forward to welcoming Claire”.