New Bridge today announces Lucy Ball as its new Chief Executive. Lucy has a wealth of experience in the third sector and joins New Bridge from The Access Project, where she has worked as Programme and Volunteering Director and Acting CEO. Lucy takes the reins on 28 February following the retirement earlier this year of outgoing CEO Judith Smith.

Lucy brings with her an expertise in strategy design and implementation, volunteer recruitment and management and partnership building. These vital skills will support New Bridge in expanding its volunteer befriender pool and therefore the numbers of prisoners it can support.

New Bridge Chair Helen Boothman says, “We are looking forward to having Lucy come aboard and are excited about the experience and passion that she will bring to the role. Lucy’s expertise in strategic oversight will help to take New Bridge to the next level and to put it on a secure footing for years to come.

“We would also like to thank Judith Smith for all that she has contributed to New Bridge, and in particular guiding the organisation through the challenging times of the pandemic. We wish her the best in her retirement.”

Of her new appointment, Lucy Ball says, “I am very excited to be joining New Bridge. The world has changed throughout the pandemic and I am looking forward to taking forward some of the new ways of working forward to support volunteers to engage with an even greater number of prisoners across England and Wales.”

In prison, with little or no outside contact, people often feel hopeless and friendless and as though there is nothing for them. Through writing letters and visiting, New Bridge Foundation gives people in prison in England and Wales hope and optimism that there is a future. New Bridge Foundation befriending gives a hand of friendship that enables people to feel connected and provides them with a sense of identity and belonging. 

New Bridge Foundation supports over 300 volunteers to write to and visit over 1,000 people in prison across the UK by giving them intensive training and ongoing support through a network of monthly support groups in operation across England and Wales.