John Archibald thanks CEO for nine years of service

John Archibald in front of Voluntary Norfolk banner

Following the news last week that Voluntary Norfolk’s long-serving CEO, Alan Hopley, was retiring at the end of May, the chair of the board of trustees, John Archibald, has thanked him for years of service.

He said:

“After nine years of service, Alan Hopley has decided to take a very well-earned retirement. 

“As Chairman of Voluntary Norfolk, I want to express my thanks for his contribution and commitment. Serving as a Chief Executive of a voluntary organisation is a tough job at the best of times. Add in a Covid epidemic, with a huge extra demand on services, together with a cost-of-living crisis and you have a real challenge. Alan rose to that challenge and has navigated Voluntary Norfolk safely through many choppy seas. With Alan at the helm, Voluntary Norfolk has played a vital role improving lives and strengthening communities. Alan’s legacy will be an organisation that is well placed to meet the challenges of the future. 

“On a personal level, I have greatly enjoyed working with Alan. As both a colleague and friend, I have valued his down to earth, no-nonsense approach and his good humour. His commitment to Voluntary Norfolk and its staff has been second to none. His impact has been far reaching. Whilst Voluntary Norfolk will say farewell to a first-class chief executive, the voluntary sector will say farewell to a very able ambassador, with a wealth of knowledge, who has championed the role and importance of the voluntary sector in Norfolk.

John Archibald continued by saying:

“Voluntary Norfolk owes Alan a debt of gratitude for his dedicated service. He will be a hard act to follow and I wish him well for a long and healthy retirement.”