JVT CEO resigns as she heads back to England

Samantha Kennerley, the inaugural CEO for The John Villiers Trust, has advised of her resignation due to her imminent return to England for family reasons.

Sam has been with JVT for just under a year and JVT would like to acknowledge her significant contribution during what has been a period of significant maturity as an organisation during which JVT has distributed over $700,000 to nine organisations focussing on children and youth to build strategic relationships with communities in rural, regional and remote Queensland (RRRQ).

JVT Chair, Dr Cherrell Hirst AO, acknowledged the transformative work Sam has achieved whilst CEO. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Sam for her significant contribution to JVT.  The work she has accomplished in her time here is remarkable: it includes  strengthening stakeholder relationships , overseeing our first year as a PuAF, undertaking a rebranding exercise and implementing the London Benchmarking Group Framework to measure the impact of programs we support and through all this Sam has smoothly managed the day by day workings of the Trust.”

“The impact of all this work is to place JVT in an excellent position to deliver on our re-articulated strategy of supporting children and youth in RRRQ through partnerships which strengthen communities.  Whilst we are sad to see Sam leave, we understand and support her decision to move back to England and wish her every success in the future.”

Sam Kennerley added, “It’s been a privilege to lead JVT in its first year as a PuAF and deliver on its strategy, importantly ensuring our grants are focussed on the need in RRRQ and create impact and transformative change. I have been pleased to work with JVT’s skilled, collaborative and focussed Board whose intent is to ensure delivery of John Villiers’ wishes through building on these critical foundations.”

JVT has commenced the process of identifying a new CEO to step into Sam’s shoes leading the Trust  through what will surely be a challenging but exciting few years but in the meantime Meg Ockleshaw, JVT’s Marcomms Exec will be the principal contact moving forward and can be reached via email on [email protected].