Blog: New Trustees Will Help To Shape Our Future
It’s been a busy month behind the scenes at Relate Cheshire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester, with the appointment of a new Chair and three new Trustees to our Board. We thought you might like to hear a bit more about our newcomers, the skills they bring with them and the role of a Trustee within the organisation, so we’ve dedicated this blog to them.
But first, before we welcome the newcomers, we must also say thank you to our outgoing Chair, Lisa Knight, who is stepping down after five years on the Board. Lisa has been an exceptional Chair, has made an enormous contribution to the charity, and she will be much missed. Everyone at Relate Cheshire, Merseyside & Greater Manchester sends her good wishes for the future.
Turning to the newcomers, we welcome David Clark as our new Chair, along with new Trustees, Emma Cook, Caleb Cunniffe and Chantelle Whitehead. Our Board has a vital role in providing leadership, support and guidance to our employees, a role that is arguably more important than ever at this time of unprecedented change in society. Like our counsellors, our Board currently operates entirely online. Trustees meet formally every quarter and, informally every month in-between.
David Clark, our new Chair, brings with him extensive experience of governance in the public and social sectors. Since retiring from the commercial sector has undertaken Board roles in health, further education and housing.
Emma Cook is already familiar to us, following a stint as our Chief Executive several years ago as part of a maternity cover arrangement. Emma currently works as a Chief Officer for an advice charity in Liverpool.
Caleb Cunniffe is currently employed as a Service Development Senior Officer for another Federated Charity and is also a Counsellor and Supervisor in private practice.
Chantelle Whitehead has 20 years’ experience as a solicitor in Local Government and is currently a Deputy Head in the Children & Families Legal Group at a local Council. Chantelle will be taking over the role of Safeguarding Lead for the Board of Trustees.
We asked Chantelle about becoming a Trustee and what she hopes to get out of the role: “I wanted to become a Trustee because it is a role that aligned with my skills and experiences as well as giving me something new to get my teeth into. I wanted to be a Trustee for an organisation I could be passionate about and believed in. The pandemic really emphasised the connection between healthy relationships and the well-being of individuals and communities. I feel that the work done by Relate is vital, now more than ever, and I hope my contribution as a Trustee and will help to enable the work to continue particularly for the communities that I live and work in.”
Welcome aboard, David, Emma, Caleb and Chantelle!