As many of you will have seen the local press, Ray Shaw, the longstanding and acclaimed Chairman of Gawsworth Community Shop, has stepped down from his role. Under Ray’s guidance, Gawsworth Community Shop celebrated its tenth anniversary in March. More recently, the shop has been transformed into a community hub with a bright future which will deliver a wide range of new benefits to the local community. The hub will be formally opened as soon as conditions allow.

Ray will continue to assist the Board with the implementation of a new IT infrastructure comprising electronic point of sale hardware and software and a modern website to help the shop run more effectively. Ray feels that now is the right time to handover to a new chairperson to deliver the Board’s vision for the next phase. I look forward to working with them to ensure a smooth transition”, said Ray Shaw.

A committee of GCSL Directors has reviewed the role of Chairperson and that of other Directors and recognising of the enormity of the role undertaken by Ray, have restructured the Board with individual Directors each taking responsibility for a specific area of the business. The arrangement has been designed such that the new Chairperson will fulfil an oversight role rather than a management role

Could you be our new Chairperson and provide inspirational leadership to guide us on the next phase of our journey? If you share our ambition of providing essential services to support our community, where our volunteers are proud to assist us to make a tangible difference to others, we welcome your application. Further details can be found our website

Interested candidates should email with a covering letter outlining their suitability for this volunteer-based role or contact HR coordinator Daryl Williams for an initial discussion on 07967 408865. The closing date for applications is 31 August.