Celebration Day

Posted in: News on February 11, 2014

Dr Alan Hatton-Yeo MBE has recently stepped down from his role as CEO of the Foundation and although Alan is remaining with us as Principal Advisor we wanted to celebrate and thank him for his contribution over the last 16 years. The celebration day was attended by Trustees, staff, friends and partners with whom Alan has worked with over his time here. Steve Robinson who has been appointed as the new CEO was invited and was able to meet some guests who included Mr Reeves (Endowment Trustee), Arthur Creber who was the first Director of the Foundation over 40 years ago, Sarah Rochira (Older People’s Commissioner for Wales), Paul McGarry and Sally Chandler ( Manchester City Council) Annabel Davidson-Knight (Project Officer Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), Mina Blankson (Hibiscus), Iain Forbes (Strategic Development Manager, Generations Working Together Scotland), Barry Pitts (Director of Business Development and Arch,Staffordshire Housing), Susan Langford (Director, Magic Me) and Anne Lovely, John Miles and Steve Ellis. Sue Mountford spoke on behalf of the staff: ''You have over the years Alan instigated a time of positive change and growth. Through your leadership new projects were launched. This brought in new staff, some stayed for the duration of the project funding and some are with us today.It would be difficult to cover every aspect of your work over the last 16 years, but at least I can mention the fact that you encouraged and made it possible for staff to train and develop their skills. For some this meant gaining a certificate of achievement, a master’s degree or a doctorate. You have supported staff who were experiencing times of personal difficulty. As staff we can all identify in one or all of these areas. And for all your work, encouragement and support we thank you''In conclusion and on behalf of Alan, we would like to thank everyone who attended, and those who were unable to, for the wonderful gifts, speeches and heartfelt wishes that truly made this a celebration to remember.Photographs of the day are available on our Facebook page here

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