18th May 2022

Durham Community Action (DCA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Burrows as our new Executive Director.

Kate will be well known to many of our friends and colleagues in County Durham as DCA’s Community Support Manager.  Kate joined DCA in 2016 having spent time working for Citizens Advice County Durham and leading on the development of Advice in County Durham.  She will now be applying all the knowledge and expertise she has accrued from her work with communities in the County into the role of Executive Director, when she takes over from our current Director, Jo Laverick, who is retiring in September.

Jo says:

“It’s great news for DCA that Kate will be picking up this role. Leadership in the VCSE is an honour, and it is also challenging, with never a dull moment.  I’m delighted that Kate will be bringing all her experience and know how into the role of Executive Director. I’m in no doubt that DCA and the wider VCSE in County Durham will benefit from it.”

Kate will be taking up the reins of leadership from 1st September, working with Jo in the meantime to organise a transition and manage handovers.

Kate says:

“I am absolutely thrilled to take up the role of Executive Director at DCA in September. Jo will be a very hard act to follow but the legacy of her leadership has paved the way for a thriving future for DCA. I and all the team at DCA will relish the challenge to do her proud by continuing to support and enable volunteer and community led action across County Durham in the years to come.”

The Board of Trustees and staff are all really pleased with this appointment and looking forward to working with Kate in her new role as Executive Director.  

Jan Worters, DCA’s Chair says:

"The Board congratulates Kate on this appointment. Following a thorough process, the recruitment panel was unanimous in its decision, and we are looking forward to working with Kate in the future. We are confident that she will ably lead DCA’s continuing work with volunteers and communities in County Durham.”

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