Edward Maxfield appointed new Executive Director for ACCESS -Supporting Migrants in East Anglia.

Date: 26/04/21

Ed has led the Norfolk-based disability charity Musical Keys for the past three years and before that was Head of Office for former North Norfolk MP, Sir Norman Lamb. In the course of a varied career he has worked as a civil servant and for some of the world’s leading business advisory firms – in the UK and abroad. He has also worked as a campaigner and communications professional in the world of politics, policy and the charity sector.

Ed grew up in Lincolnshire. He first moved to Norfolk when he was 18 years old and has lived in the county for most of his adult life. He studied at UEA and Birmingham universities and gained a Doctorate from the University of Sussex in 2011. He has three children – two grown up and one at High School in Norfolk. He is a member of the ‘Sector Leadership Group’ for charities in Norfolk and an elected member of Norfolk County Council.

Ed says:

“I’m hugely excited to be joining ACCESS. We have a brilliant team of dedicated staff who work incredibly hard to support hundreds of migrant workers across west Norfolk and Fenland. Despite all the difficulties of the last year, the team has continued to provide high quality, caring support for people who sometimes struggle to access the support they need to integrate fully into the local community.

There are big challenges ahead. The deadline for applications for EU Settled Status is looming; we need to help make sure the Coronavirus vaccine rollout reaches every community; and none of us really knows what will happen to jobs when the furlough scheme ends. Our work is so important, helping to build strong and happy communities, benefitting everyone who lives locally not just with the migrant workers we support directly.”

Chair of ACCESS Trustee Board, Joanie Dimavicius, adds:

“I am pleased to welcome Ed Maxfield as the new Executive Director of ACCESS. He brings with him a wealth of experience.  ACCESS Trustees are sure that his energy and commitment will enable the charity to continue to deliver our vital services in what will inevitably be a challenging post-Covid, post-Brexit environment.

I would also like to thank Ed’s predecessor, Marie Connell, for her unstinting efforts.  She deserves great credit for leading the ACCESS team as they adapted so rapidly and smoothly to the challenge of promoting our services remotely – and that we continued to support as many clients as we have ever done.  All at ACCESS wish her every success for the future.”

After a year of having to deliver services mainly over the phone, ACCESS is in the process of re-launching its face-to-face support sessions. If you need advice or support from one of our team, please let us know by emailing info@accessmigrantsupport.org.uk or contact us through our Facebook page.

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