YSS has officially marked a new era, welcoming Catherine Kevis as new Chief Executive and bidding farewell to Lorraine Preece, following 16 years at the organisation, including five as Chief Executive.

The milestone was marked at the annual Conference on Wednesday 12th June at Wharton Park Golf Club, where staff and stakeholders gathered to celebrate the charity’s significant achievements and to look to the future under Catherine’s leadership. Guests included the Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Mrs Georgina Britten-Long and the High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Mr Edward Holloway.

YSS is an independent charity which delivers a diverse range of community based support services across West Mercia (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire), aimed at helping people break through barriers and achieve their potential. Lorraine joined YSS in 2003 when she was brought in to develop and implement a YSS volunteering strategy and to take the operational lead on an innovative, ESF-funded project called Connect. The organisation has since broadened its remit and now works closely with West Mercia PCC and other partners and funders to deliver services for young adults and adults, children and families and veterans.

Before joining YSS, Catherine was at Gloucestershire Community Foundation working with local organisations and individuals to develop their capacity to meet the needs of local communities.

Catherine said: “I’ve already heard much about the people at YSS and I’m excited to be become part of this very special charity. I am joining an organisation with over 30 years’ experience and an excellent ethos: getting to understand what drives individuals’ behaviours and motivating them to recognise and adopt helpful behaviours so they can lead their lives successfully within their local community. This approach has created so many positive outcomes. I look forward to meeting our stakeholders, identifying commonalities and together contributing to a better world.”