We are pleased to announce that St. Paul’s Community Development Trust has now appointed a new Chief Executive to succeed Dave Cusack our current CEO.

The Board of Trustees has appointed Lisa Martinali.

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Lisa has extensive experience of community regeneration with a career spanning 26 years within the not-for-profit sector, including social housing and charities. Her roles, mainly within Birmingham, have specifically focused upon developing and leading support and community development services providing life-changing opportunities for local communities. Lisa is highly experienced in income generation, strategic development, business planning and social impact. She brings with her a strong track-record of developing innovative partnerships and outcome focused networks.

Lisa has an excellent reputation within the sector and volunteers as a Trustee and Vice-Chair of Birmingham Voluntary Services Council. She is also a Parent Governor for a Primary School. Lisa holds a Msc in Urban Regeneration, Research and Policy from the University of Birmingham and has also been a guest speaker in this field. For leisure, Lisa enjoys social time with family and friends, cycling, yoga, and world cinema.

Lisa said:

“I am extremely excited to be taking up the role of CEO at St. Paul’s Community Development Trust in the new year. I am passionate about social justice, increasing impact and providing opportunities for local communities. I have been an advocate for children, young people, and families in the voluntary sector for many years. I believe that positive experiences and opportunities are essential in providing strong foundations for building resilience, confidence, and skills to thrive. The current environment is a challenging one, however, I look forward to building upon the rich heritage of St Paul’s and developing capacity to respond to local needs in partnership with stakeholders.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees Patrick Wing said:

“We are delighted to have appointed Lisa as our new Chief Executive and confident that she will build on the excellent work done over the last 6 years and indeed going into our 50th year anniversary, will expand the vision and breadth of the organisation. We welcome Lisa to the Trust.

Lisa will be starting with St. Paul’s Community Development Trust on Monday 6th February 2023.