A leading Slough charity is preparing to wave goodbye to its longstanding CEO after 15 years of dedicated service.

Slough CVS has announced its CEO Ramesh Kukar is to retire this year.

Ramesh has served as CEO of Slough CVS for over 15 years, during which time he has led the organisation through significant growth and development.

Slough's Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) is a leading voluntary and community sector organisation.

Under Ramesh’s leadership, Slough CVS has become the trusted partner to hundreds of voluntary and community organisations and led many of the highest-profile community impact programs.

Some of the highlights of his time have been: securing and developing the Church Street facilities for non-profit organisations; setting up #OneSlough and coordinating the COVID vaccination response including the creation of the Salt Hill Vaccination Centre.

Ramesh has also steered Slough CVS through a period of extended austerity, securing a number of large contracts with The Lottery Fund, The Arts Council and Slough Borough Council to ensure the future of the organisation.

In a statement, Jamie Green, Chairman of the Slough CVS Board of Trustees, said: “Ramesh has been a tremendous servant to Slough CVS over the past 15 years.

"He has led the organisation with passion, vision, and dedication.

"Under his leadership, Slough CVS has been making an ever increasingly greater impact on the lives of people in our community."

The Board of Trustees has announced that the post of CEO will be frozen temporarily while it considers the long-term future leadership needs of our organisation.

In the interim period, Ramesh will take on the role of Senior Advisor, dedicating one day a week to the charity. 

Ramesh will retire at the end of December 2023.