10 Sep 2015
Jackie Ballard has been appointed CEO of Alcohol Concern. She will start the position in July2014, becoming the charity's first permanent full time chief executive in two years.
Since August 2013 she has been associate director at the BB Group (Beatbullying’s umbrella organisation) and has been working on the public service accelerator to build a community interest company that will support and advise people who want to have more control over their alcohol intake.
She has previously been the CEO of Womankind Worldwide, a post she took up in September 2012. In June 2013, however, she announced she would leave the organisation after deciding she preferred roles where she had more direct contact with beneficiaries.
She joined Womankind from Action on Hearing Loss, where she was CEO for five years. The disability charity, then called RNID, appointed Ballard as its chief executive in July 2007 after she had spent five years at the helm of the RSPCA.
She had previously been a Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton, a county and district councillor for Somerset, and a further education lecturer and adult basic education organiser.
Ballard has a BSc in social psychology from London School of Economics and spent one year studying in Iran.
She is a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
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