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Blackburne House appoint a new CEO


The Blackburne House Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Rushton as the new CEO of Blackburne House. Andrea has worked at Blackburne House for 12 years, 8 of which have been part of the Executive Leadership Team and for the last 6 months as Interim CEO. She played a vital role in steering the organisation through the pandemic, ensuring Blackburne House innovatively rose to the challenge of supporting the education and wellbeing of women.


Prior to joining Blackburne House, Andrea was a successful social entrepreneur within the environmental field. More recently in Blackburne House Andrea managed the assets, a successful portfolio of projects and a range of social business areas that all contributed to supporting our education work.


Known for her ability to transform enterprise and project ideas into meaningful business operations, Andrea has a proven track record in delivering social and economic change and improvement.


Liz Cross, Chair of the Blackburne House Group, said “We are delighted to welcome Andrea as the new Chief Executive. She is a real values driven business leader and her long standing relationship with Blackburne House demonstrates her passion and commitment to the organisation. The Board are looking forward to supporting Andrea to realise the next chapter for Blackburne House Group.”


Andrea Rushton, CEO of Blackburne House, said “It’s an exciting time to lead the organisation as we enter our 40th year. I’m looking forward to building on previous achievements and strengthening our position as a leading educator and support provider for women. The work we undertake is needed now more than ever as we recognise that educating women is a privilege especially when we see them becoming financially independent and thriving in their communities and in the regional economy.’’

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