I am writing to you today to inform you of an important decision and development within Safe Families.
In September 2012, when we started Safe Families, Sir Peter and I both agreed we would commit to work together for five years at which time he would be 70 and I would be 65. Time has flown by…Sir Peter was 71 in March and I turned 65 last November.
Safe Families has grown so much in the past 6 years and we are currently working with 30 local authorities across the UK and have nearly 4000 volunteers! The charity is now on firm footing for the future and we have concluded this is the right time to formally start the process of finding a new Chief Executive to lead the next phase of this important work. Sir Peter is also intending to retire as Chairman in September and is looking forward to spending more time in Scotland closer to his family.
Our goal is to have a new Chief Executive in post by October this year. We are excited to see who God will bring to continue this important work and ask for your prayers as we transition.
I have agreed to continue to work full-time until my successor is able to take up the role. I will then step down as Chief Executive but will continue to work three days a week until Christmas to facilitate the hand-over. It is not goodbye however, as I have been invited to take up the position of non Executive Chairman and I am delighted to remain involved with Safe Families.
It has been a pleasure and an honour to work alongside you as Chief Executive and I so value the incredible contribution you all make so I look forward to continuing to be involved in my new role. We have much to celebrate and I continue to be daily grateful for our volunteer’s dedication and self-sacrificial love for vulnerable families. I truly believe that only eternity will reveal the impact and outcomes from their labours.