A Birmingham charity has appointed a social enterprise director in a bid to increase its income from new sources.
Laurence Chilver, a former sales manager for Coventry University Enterprises, joins more than 70 employees at the Birmingham YMCA.
Mr Chilver, a ex director of his own company Chilver Williams Ltd, is set to focus on developing the trading activities that the charity runs.
He will oversee the promotion and management of two day nurseries, Hand in Hand in Erdington and Sunshine in Kingstanding, with a goal of helping them achieve an outstanding Ofsted rating.
And long tem Mr Chilver and his team will look to increase the Birmingham YMCA’s provision of day nurseries in the city.
The organisations recently launched training arm will also fall under his remit.
Focussing on courses for housing professionals initially, Mr Chilver’s team will aim to place the training arm of the Birmingham YMCA as a regional market leader in Chartered Institute of Housing accredited training before opening doors to new sectors.
Alan Fraser, chief executive of the Birmingham YMCA, said: “We’re committed to finding new sources of income in these challenging times as well as providing opportunities for our young people.
“Social enterprise is an excellent way to achieve both objectives. Laurence emerged as the outstanding candidate to take on this challenge. “He brings a great depth of knowledge and experience in sales, running his own business and striving through tough economic conditions, so I’m delighted to welcome him to the team.”
The Christian charity provides supported accommodation, affordable childcare, training packages and community facilities in Northfield, Aston and Erdington.