David Emerson has been elected as the new Chair of leading rural network ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). He replaces Sue Shaw, who retired at the charity’s recent AGM.
David is the Chief Executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), the professional membership association for the UK’s charitable trusts and grant making foundations.
A geography graduate, who studied landscape management at Wye College, David worked for ACRE Network member Cheshire Rural Community Council before becoming Deputy Head of the Rural Department at NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations).
David, who lives in Herefordshire, joined ACF in 2003, building the association’s roles in influencing legislation, sharing good practice of all kinds by independent funders, and placing itself uniquely to champion and represent the distinctive role of trusts and foundations.
David said: “I am passionate about rural communities and the need for their voices to be heard at the highest level in Government. ACRE and its Network of rural community councils, which reaches 52,000 grassroots organisations, is ideally placed to speak up for people who live and work in the countryside. I am greatly looking forward to working with the team at ACRE to influence policymakers to ensure our rural communities get a fair deal.”
ACRE chief executive Janice Banks said: “We are delighted to welcome David as our new Chair. With his wealth of experience in the rural and charity sectors, he will be a great ambassador for ACRE and our Network.
“I would like to thank Sue Shaw for her tireless work as a member of the ACRE board for the past seven years, serving as our Chair for six. She successfully steered ACRE through challenging times and, I am sure, will remain a committed champion of rural communities.”