Foundation appoints first research manager

The Guernsey Community Foundation has appointed its first Projects and Research Manager.

Emilie Yerby joined the Foundation last month in a new role which has been created to help further the Foundation’s work as a trusted partner and advisor on important social issues in Guernsey, from poverty to ageing well.

Emilie previously worked for the States of Guernsey in policy-focused roles at Social Security and HSSD. She was the States Disability Officer from 2011 to 2013 while the Disability and Inclusion Strategy was being developed, and has recently completed the Graduate Diploma in Law, working for a local law firm for six months before joining the Foundation.

The Foundation has already established itself as a key participant in developing social policy, as well as delivering practical results, working closely with States Departments and voluntary and private sector organisations to do so.

Emilie said:  ‘I hope that I will be able to use my knowledge and experience of working in the States, as well as the positive relationships I was able to build with voluntary sector organisations during my time as Disability Officer, in order to further strengthen its work in this important area. I am really excited to join the Foundation, working with interesting and passionate people on issues that are close to my heart, and being involved in some genuine and positive social change as a result.’

Wayne Bulpitt, Chair of the Guernsey Community Foundation, added: ‘Emilie’s appointment marks an important milestone for the Foundation. This is our fifth year of giving and our development over the past five years has been rapid. We have been keen to increase our capacity for research so we are very pleased to welcome Emilie. Her experience of researching and developing social policy and strategy will strengthen our support for the voluntary sector and the community.’

The new role will see the Foundation’s own research increase in breadth and depth so that it can continue to respond to important policy debates in Guernsey. Emilie will also be working to develop relevant information resources for the voluntary sector in order to better support charities as they continue to work together with each other and with the States to tackle important social issues. Emilie will also be taking on the role of Executive Officer to Ageing Well in the Bailiwick, an umbrella organisation for older people’s charities and service providers, as it continues to develop.

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