New chair of Trustees, Jackie Bliss, joins Trust Links


We are excited to be welcoming a new Chair of Trustees as Rick Olver’s 5 year term comes to an end.

Over the last 5 years Rick Olver has chaired the trustee board and offered valuable support to the team, while overseeing the governance of the charity. Rick played a vital role in helping the charity to succeed and grow through his leadership and dedication, but will now be retiring from his role.

Rick Olver said “It has been my privilege to be the Chair of Trust Links for 5 years and to be able to work with both dedicated Trustees and highly committed staff.  I am delighted to be able to hand over the role to Jackie Bliss, who I know will work with Trustees and staff to take Trust Links on the next stage of its journey.”

Jackie Bliss joins the board with her wealth of experience in the third sector. Her previous experience includes the role of CEO for homeless charity HARP, and Finance Director of Havens Hospices.

Jackie is really excited to be joining Trust Links as Chair of Trustees, and to be given the opportunity to build on the legacy of outgoing Chair, Rick Olver. Jackie says “I’ve admired the work of Trust Links for some time and been impressed at how it has grown in recent years under Matt King’s leadership. I look forward to working with Matt and his team, as well as all of the Charity’s Trustees, and to meeting as many volunteers and members as possible in the coming weeks. There has probably never been a greater need for mental health charities than now, and I believe Trust Links has every reason to be proud of all it is doing to alleviate that need here in Essex.”

Matt King, CEO, said “We are fortunate to have a fantastic group of trustees to support the governance and strategic development of Trust Links. I am so grateful to Rick for his time and commitment shown to the charity over the last 5 years. I’m delighted that Jackie Bliss has been chosen as the new Chair and accepted the position, following her recent retirement as CEO of HARP. Her experiences in managing complex organisations through periods of growth, change and challenge will be invaluable to Trust Links in the next stage of our development. The twin crises of mental health and climate change mean that the work of Trust Links has never been more important, and I look forward to working

Ron, Clive and Rick at the Trust Links AGM

with Jackie and the wider trustee board, along with our outstanding staff team, volunteers and members, as we grow communities and transform lives through our projects and services.”

We would also like to thank Clive and Ron who are also retiring from their roles at Trustees, and have worked tirelessly to support the charity, and shared their insights and expertise. We are very grateful for the time you have invested into Trust Links, and wish you the best of luck in your next ventures!