Meet hoppa’s New Chairman

Waverley hoppa Community Transport has announced the appointment of Rob Stansbury as its new chairman.

Rob lives near Farnham and has a background in the financial services industry. He has taken over from Jim Cummings who has been acting as the interim chairman for the past nine months.

A chartered director, Rob has had both executive and non-executive roles across a number of companies of varying sizes. He has advised boards of many financial businesses on the strategic management of risk, and brings experience of working in many different countries and cultures.

Speaking about his appointment, Rob Stansbury says: “Having completed an assignment as a senior adviser to the Prudential Regulation Authority at the Bank of England, I wanted to become involved in the local community in a tangible and practical way. I was looking for an opportunity where my experience in financial services and business generally, especially corporate governance, might be useful.

“I found out about the vacancy for the hoppa chairman when I visited the Retirement Refreshers Fair at the Farnham Maltings in February. From my first encounters with the trustees and staff, I was inspired by hoppa’s values of service, companionship and caring.

He adds: “I am delighted to have come on board as hoppa’s new chairman and plan to follow the excellent example set by my predecessors. It is my intention to ensure we serve those who most need usby continuing to concentrate on the quality of service and the sustainability of the business in the longer term.”

Hoppa is also pleased to welcome Suzy Naughalty to its board. Suzy lives in Churt and, with two teenage daughters, she is well aware of the transport challenges that face people living in rural communities.

As well as welcoming new faces to its board, hoppa has also said a fond farewell to three of its longest-serving board members. Andrew Carrington was the hoppa chairman for 12 years before standing down in autumn 2015. Jim Cummings, a retired hoppa Trustee, agreed to return and stand in as the ‘interim chairman’ until a new onecould be appointed.

During his tenure as the chairman of hoppa, Andrew Carrington set out a vision and business plan for hoppa, which helped the business to become less reliant on grants. Andrew will remain at hoppa as the company secretary.

At the age of 87, Jeff Morris has retired from the board too. Jeff was the longest-serving board member having been part of hoppa since it was formed.

Further information about the hoppa service can be found at www.hoppa.org.uk.

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Caption: The picture shows hoppa’s new chairman Rob Stansbury with board member Suzy Naughalty.