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Jonathan Hollow steps down after four successful years as Chair of Good Vibrations

October 2021

Jonathan Hollow, reflects on his time as Chair of Good Vibrations and the developments he has seen during his tenure:

“It’s been a great honour to chair such a vibrant national charity, with so many fascinating dimensions to its work.

“I’ve thrilled to the creative connection and confidence that I see flowering at our prison playthroughs. I’ve been moved to see the growth of our work in communities, especially in Glasgow, and the caring continuity we offer to patients in mental health settings. And I’ve been heartened by our ongoing commitment to research and evaluation, which makes our footprint so much larger on the national and international stage.

“Although at the beginning of the pandemic I was very worried, like many charity chairs, about what the future held, it has actually brought out further strengths for Good Vibrations. The pandemic showed the strength of our relationship with our funders, who offered us tremendous support and flexibility. And it brought out the extraordinary creative skills of our associates, who looked at how they could capture the power of the gamelan and the spirit of what we try to achieve through digital and online media. This is a direction we are now pursuing further with our vision of a free, digital gamelan that can be used for individual learning and group collaboration in a wide variety of settings.

“The passion behind Good Vibrations has needed no assistance or urging on from me. Over the four years I’ve been Chair I’ve felt the proper focus of my work was making sure we had an ambitious and grounded strategy, and ensuring that our financial and management systems were supporting it as strongly as possible. We’ve managed to improve many aspects of these. As examples, since I started as Chair we’ve managed to set aside the maximum unrestricted reserves we think we would need to call on in lean times, and seen a 60% increase in individual giving.

“Our new two-year strategy pushes further and deeper in the same direction, so I’m very excited to help new Chair Nick Jolliffe deliver it, by continuing as a trustee.”

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