Amanda McIntyre has announced that she will be stepping down as Director of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) at the end of July to take up a new position running the Stefanou Foundation, a recently established independent charity supporting vulnerable communities. Amanda was the first Director of ERSA, and the appointment of an interim replacement is expected shortly, with a permanent new appointment made by the Summer. In addition, a new Director of Policy role is being created in order to progress ERSA’s work with the Department for Work and Pensions and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. Amanda has said: “While conscious of leaving at an important time for ERSA and welfare-to-work providers, I’m also confident that ERSA will be able to build on the great progress we have made together in the past two years.  It has been a privilege to work with the ERSA Board, our members and all our stakeholders, and to see ERSA to expand, develop and make an impact on behalf of the provider community and the people it serves so well.” Rob Murdoch, the Chair of ERSA, said: “This is the right time for ERSA to build on the successful work undertaken in the past two years and I would like to thank Amanda for the contribution she had made.  With the new coalition government likely to make significant changes to the employment and skills sector, we want to play a full role in helping to shape the future development of our industry. There is a lot of work to do in the months ahead and I am confident that ERSA will provide our members with the strong voice they need.”