Susan Biggs

BPRCVS Vice Chair Susan Biggs

BPRCVS Chairman

I was elected as a BPRCVS Trustee in October 2015. Since 2016 I have been the chair of the strategy group which determines the direction of the organisation going forward. In October 2018 I was elected chairman.

My background, before joining BPRCVS, is in teaching.

Outside of my career and since retirement I have been heavily involved with a number of local VCF sector organisations. I have been involved with Soroptimist International since 2000. During my time with Soroptimist International I have taken on many varied roles across the organisation. These range from being a Club Member to Local Club President and from the Regional President to the chair of the UK Programme Action Committee. Between 2016 and 2017 I became the President Elect of the Federation Management Board and I served as Federation President in 2017-18.. Since 2011 I have also been a Trustee of the Diamond Education Grant, Emergency Relief Fund and the Benevolent Fund for Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland.

PAC is a local charity running 6 projects in East Lancashire. These include: Safespace, which provides sheltered accommodation for homeless young people (aged 16-25); Clare House, Rossendale which provides sheltered accommodation for homeless young people (aged 16-25); Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative, which provides a holistic service to victims and survivors of domestic violence within Pendle and are the main enabler in meeting Pendle Borough Council’s BPI targets on domestic violence; The Lookout, a project for victims of domestic violence aged 5-18; PEPPS, a local authority sponsored programme where our workers are dealing with challenging familial behaviours; and Evolve, a counselling service accessible to all users of the PAC projects. I have been a director/trustee since 2009 and the Chair of Trustees between 2010 and 2014. Since 2014 I've been the Vice Chair of Trustees.

Burnley Education Trust was set up in 2009 to monitor the National Challenge Schools in Burnley. The remit is to provide overall guidance and leadership to the Governing Bodies. The Trust takes its members from education, business and local government. I was the director between 2012 and 2016.

In 2009 I became Governor of Sir John Thursby Community College, Burnley and resigned as Chair of Governors in 2016.

Since 2015 I have been an assessor on the Lancashire Panel of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Away from my voluntary work for these organisations helping the community I enjoy going to the gym, knitting, reading and socialising with friends.