Chair of Communities 1st appointed

Stuart Nagler MBE has been appointed Chair of Trustees of the new organisation, Communities 1st, bringing the merger between Community Central St Albans and Community Hertsmere another step closer.

Stuart has been a trustee at Community Hertsmere for some five years, the last two years as Chair of Trustees.  Stuart is the Assistant Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, Deputy-Lieutenant and Chair of the Radlett Archives Group.  Stuart is also Vice-Chair for Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline and Chair of Red House Patients Group.  Before retiring, Stuart was a partner in a Radlett firm of chartered accountants.  He is a former Mayor and council Leader of Hertsmere and has served as a magistrate for 30 years.  In addition, Mentor for the Prince's Trust and member of the Hertsmere Interfaith Forum.

Stuart received an MBE in 2017 for over 50 years volunteering in Hertfordshire.

Stuart brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in leading successful and dynamic organisations.  As well as helping the Board deliver the organisation’s commitment to providing quality services to our members and communities, his skills will be fundamental to bringing the two organisations together and driving the newly formed organisation forward.

Stuart Nagler formally took up his appointment as Chair of the Board at Communities 1st’s inaugural board meeting on Thursday 11 October.

Speaking of his appointment, Stuart Nagler said: "I am looking forward to leading the highly talented Communities 1st Board into a new era, and to helping the newly combined charity to deliver on its commitment to members and the local communities of Hertsmere and St Albans and District.  Our success, first and foremost, is about people-helping-people, building great communities, charities, partnerships and places to work and live.  We have begun to combine our charities and develop our strategic plan that will create value for all our members, funders and customers.  We will continue to act with purpose, focus and transparency to integrate our two organisations and we look forward to working closely with members and partners as our plans come together.

Stephen Craker, Chief Executive, Communities 1st, said: “We’re extremely pleased that Stuart has accepted the role of Chair as he brings an important set of skills and experience at this key time.  Stuart and the board of Trustees will be instrumental in the success of the new organisation and the staff and volunteers looking forward to working with the Board to make our merger plans a reality”.

Sarah Yexley, Trustee of Community Central and former Chair of Citizens Advice St Albans agreed to become Vice-Chair, and Ross Gremmel, Treasurer for Community Central and Lead Associate, Client Assets & Resolution at Financial Conduct Authority was elected as Treasurer for Communities 1st.