New business development manager for ACRE
by Chris Cowcher,

Leading rural network ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has appointed Jeanette Bates as its new Head of Business Development and Income Generation.

Jeanette has more than 25 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector as both a fundraising manager and project manager.

She has worked for a variety of local, regional and national charities, including Leonard Cheshire Disability, National Children’s Home/NCH Action for Children, Ruskin Mill Trust, Gloucestershire Advocacy Support Services, Gloucestershire Lifestyles and Gloucestershire Older Persons Assembly.

Jeanette has a wealth of expertise in a variety of income generation activities, including trusts and grants, contract procurement, events, corporate partnerships and European funding programmes.

Her most recent work has been with children’s charity Hop Skip and Jump; Fredericks Foundation, which supports small businesses, and as a Youth in Action assessor for the British Council, bidding for and assessing European funding opportunities.

Jeanette said: “I’m delighted to have joined ACRE and plan to use my skills and knowledge to develop new projects and funding streams for the charity and the ACRE Network.

“As a former parish councillor in Gloucestershire, I am well aware of the challenges faced by rural communities and the innovative solutions they are able to find with advice and guidance from support organisations like ACRE.”

Cirencester-based ACRE, established in 1987, is the national voice for England’s 38 rural community councils.