5 May 2022

Trustees are pleased to announce that Les Etheridge has been co-opted as a trustee and appointed as National Chair on an interim basis. Members will be asked to confirm Les’s appointment as a Trustee at the AGM in September 2022.

Further, trustees have agreed the appointment of Jonathan Smith as CEO, again on an interim basis. A full recruitment process will be undertaken for a permanent successor.

Both Les and Jonathan have had long involvement with IWA and also bring extensive experience from the private sector.

Trustees are looking forward to working with the new leadership team, staff and volunteers to make sure IWA continues to deliver while putting in place a plan for a strong and sustainable future.

Les has formerly been an IWA trustee and National Treasurer, and was National Chair from 2012 to 2017. He is currently Chair of his local branch, IWA Kent & East Sussex. Now retired, his professional career as an actuary spanned over 40 years in insurance. He also has extensive voluntary sector experience as a school governor and in the Kent County Table Tennis Association. 

Jonathan has also been an IWA trustee and National Treasurer, and has held numerous other roles over more than 30 years. He has been a director of WRG since 1991 and is currently Deputy Chair. In his professional career, Jonathan co-owned a business that managed healthcare projects in developing countries. After retiring last year, Jonathan has continued to act as an advisor to the company on a part-time basis.