Chester lawyer Paul Makinson has become a trustee of Chester Voluntary Action, dedicating his time to helping the charity’s events.

He will be supporting the charity’s activities and using his legal expertise to assist the organisation in future projects.

Paul, 35, is an associate in the commercial property department of law firm Walker Smith Way Legal.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been chosen to help Chester Voluntary Action (CVA), I am looking forward to giving something back to the community through charity work.

“I am especially excited to be joining the CVA on their 100th year. I look forward to celebrating with them and the community.”

CVA is a support and development organisation which provides a range of services to support local voluntary and community groups, helping them to become more efficient, effective, sustainable and provide quality frontline services for the community.

This year is Chester Voluntary Action’s Centenary year of promoting voluntary and community action.

The organisation will be celebrating this occasion with a research project to explore the history and impact of the CVA on the development of the voluntary sector in Chester District.

This will culminate in a main event hosted by the Lord Mayor of Chester at the Town Hall on August 12 officially launching the commemorative booklet.

Carol Berry, CVA’s chief officer, said: “We are really pleased to have Paul on board. We feel he will make a great contribution to the organisation in terms of his legal expertise.”

Paul joined Walker Smith Way Legal in 2001 after studying at Liverpool John Moores University.

He specialises in commercial freehold and leasehold work.

Paul’s daily responsibilities include assisting clients with the buying and selling of commercial properties.

Outside of work, he enjoys taking walks with his pet Rottweiler Alfie, occasionally walking up Snowdon. Paul has also climbed Ben Nevis.