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Round Table appoint new Chief Exec

 The National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Ireland (Round Table) has appointed Birmingham-born David Barley as its next chief executive.

David will take office on April 1, 2015 bringing a wealth of experience to the role having held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sectors including a leading UK university and a large local authority.

He also has considerable experience in the not-for-profit sector and with membership organisations, the latter having seen him successfully re-engage a 30,000 strong membership, gaining national recognition in the process.

David is keen to draw on his knowledge and build on the solid platform established by out-going chief executive Cait Allen, who leaves to take up a similar role with a charity in Hampshire.

“I am immensely proud to be the CEO of Round Table, the largest voluntary organisation for young men in the world,” said David.

“It has a wonderful history and I am looking forward to playing my part in ensuring it has a fantastic future.

“Engagement with the membership is key and having worked with similarly structured organisations my remit will be to support the board members in their roles and to listen to the membership and harness their energy and enthusiasm for the benefit of the association.

“I am very people orientated having worked with a wide spectrum from inner city community groups to board rooms and look forward to meeting and working with the members of Round Table.”

Round Table president Steve Glaister said: “We have conducted a rigorous selection process and are looking forward to working with David. His experience with similar organisations will be extremely beneficial to growing our association and making us the first choice organisation for the young men of Britain and Ireland.”

David, who holds a degree in Government and Politics and a Masters degree in English Language from the University of Sheffield, lives near Solihull with his wife. He has a son and daughter, who both live nearby.

Other passions include photography, football (he is an Aston Villa supporter), and greyhounds having kept rescued and retired ex-racing greyhounds for many years. He has worked as a volunteer to promote their adoption as pets.

He is also a volunteer for the National Youth Advocacy Service which works to support children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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